Daily Sports: Roller Derby
The Texas Rollergirls' Hotrod Honeys Remain Undefeated
Our local Texas Rollergirls were nice enough to invite the HaRD Knocks Roller Derby squad from Houston to our fair city this past Sunday but then were not so nice in making them face the hottest Roller Derby team in the world, the Hotrod Honeys. The Honeys are fresh off wins over the Hustlers and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and were more than ready for the visiting roller gals from the City of Syrup. The HaRD Knocks kept it respectable in the first half, falling behind 68-50, but then the HRHs broke loose in the second half and skated to a comfortable 133-97 victory.

The second bout of the evening featured the Hell Marys and the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers. The Heartbreakers young squad has been struggling against fellow Texas Rollergirls talent, and Sunday night was no exception. Leading 49-16 at halftime, the Hell Marys easily lassoed the HTHs with a final score of 97-31. The Heartbreakers get the next bout off to regroup and heal their wounds. Speaking of the next bout – Sunday, June 3, at the Playland Skate Center – the Texas Rollergirls continue the tradition of inviting neighboring Roller Derby teams, with this one featuring the Special Ops team from the Assassination City Derby of Dallas vs. our own Hustlers and the Hell Marys attempting to fall the mighty Hotrod Honeys.

4:27PM Mon. May 7, 2007, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

Honky Tonk Heartbreakers Dominate Alamo City All-Stars
in I-35 Blowout
Last Sunday the Playland Skate Center hosted two bouts – one thrilling, one a blowout – from Austin's flat-track Roller Derby league, the Texas Rollergirls. The first bout of the evening featured the Texas Rollergirls' Honky Tonk Heartbreakers vs. the Las Tejanas, an all-star team from San Antonio's Alamo City Rollergirls. The Heartbreakers' fresh faces struggled in their first bout of the year a month ago but looked in fine form Sunday night. Breaking out to a 25-1 lead, they never allowed the ladies from S.A. an opportunity to get back in the match. The decision to make the halves 30 minutes instead of their usual 20 minutes didn't help the shorthanded visitors at all. To their credit, Las Tejanas came out strong in the second half and were only outscored 32-21 compared to the lopsided 54-16 halftime score – the final score being 86-37. Hard to say how this will transfer to the Heartbreakers next bout against fellow Rollergirls competition, but they looked to have solved some of the problems of their opening-bout loss to the Hotrod Honeys. San Antone gals of note include Miss Treater, Satan Speed, and Killa Byte but the entire squad deserves kudos for hanging with the tough ladies from Austin. Their captain, Barbacoa, and the pigtailed Tonya Hurting went down with first-half injuries to further deplete their lineup.

The second bout of the night was a different story. The Hustlers and Hotrod Honeys were going at it like the Red Sox and the Yankees in October. The first half was as exciting a half of Roller Derby as you are likely to witness. The Honeys held the edge for most of the half in this defensive struggle (it was 8-8 after 12 minutes of play), but the Hustlers rallied to take the lead for a bit with the half ending with a 22-19 score in favor of the Hotrod Honeys. In the second half, Cat Tastrophe, Miso Fresh, Lucille Brawl, and the speedy and dexterous Rice Rocket of the HRH's were just too much for the Hustlers to handle. The Honeys immediately built upon their small lead and never allowed the Hustlers to gain any momentum.

12:26AM Wed. Apr. 4, 2007, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

The Roller Derby Invades SXSW
Video killed the radio star, but television revived the Roller Derby. A much blathered about contact sport, today associated with tough girls, tattoos, and tantrums, the Roller Derby owns a tortuous history, which begins in the Thirties, when film publicist Leo Seltzer was hard up for a new pastime to broadcast. With dance marathons and walkathons rolling into the boredom gutter, Seltzer seized upon the emerging roller skating fad and dreamed up cross country roller-skating racing. Decades later, the popularity of the sport oscillated, as it slowly transitioned from a professional, male-dominated sport to a predominately amateur, grassroots, and all-female fringe sport.

The Roller Derby came back in vogue in part due to the national attention Rollergirls received, the short-lasted A&E reality-TV series that depicted the lives of Austin’s one-of-two Roller Derby leagues, the Lonestar Rollergirls, who play on a banked track. By mid-August of 2006, there were more than 135 Roller Derby leagues nationwide – compared to 50 in 2005 – who were inspired and assisted by Austin’s two trailblazing leagues. The Lonestar Rollergirls and Austin’s other league, the Texas Rollergirls, who lap one another on a flat track the first Sunday of every month, command a large, motley crowd every bout. Both leagues are managed and owned by the skaters and consist of strong, talented women eager to win, sometimes eager to fight, but always playing with respect and amiability.

12:40AM Wed. Mar. 14, 2007, Sofia Resnick Read More | Comment »

'Hell on Wheels' Roller Derby Doc to Premiere at SXSW Film This Sunday
Director Bob Ray and producer Werner Campbell have been documenting the hard hits and behind-the-scenes drama of Austin's Roller Derby scene since its inception in 2001. After five long and grueling years, the boys have edited their 500 hours of footage down to feature length and are ready to share it with the world. Be sure to read Marc Savlov's interview with Ray and Campbell in the SXSW Film issue of The Austin Chronicle hitting the streets March 9 right here. Music for Hell on Wheels is supplied by none less than Austin's infamous and world-renowned …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Conrad and co.'s frenzied jams suit the feel and flow of the Roller Derby to a T and it's quite a coup to have the Interscope recording artists on board. Ray and Campbell of CrashCam Films were previously best known for stoner spectacle Rock Opera and videos from the likes of heavy-hitters such as the Riverboat Gamblers and Nashville Pussy. Hell on Wheels has its world premiere this Sunday, March 11, 1:30pm at the lovely and historic Paramount Theatre. Unable to attend Sunday? HoW will also be screened for your viewing pleasure at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown Thursday, March 15 at 4:30pm and Saturday, March 17 at 4:15pm. Following Sunday's screening will be an afterparty at Emo's Lounge (on the corner of Red River and Sixth) with DJ/poster artist Jason Austin manning the 'tables.

2:34PM Wed. Mar. 7, 2007, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

Texas Rollergirls Season-Opener Recap
It was a night of firsts for the Texas Rollergirls this past Sunday. The first bout of the season, the first time on the track for the league's many rookie skaters, and the debut of the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers' sleek, onepiece unis (gone are the Daisy Dukes of years past). The Heartbreakers are hot off their third straight league championship, but due to major roster shakeups during the offseason, they are returning with a league-high nine rookies on their squad. Their opponents, the Hotrod Honeys, have six rookies, the Hustlers three, and the Hell Marys only two. An attempt to break up the dynasty? Who's to say? Certainly not your friendly Chronicle sports blogger.

The first bout of the night featured the Hell Marys vs. the Hustlers (my pick to win it all this year). Well, sorry to jinx ya Hustlers, but the Hell Marys came out with fire in their eyes and proceeded to take this bout 86-46. Former Heartbreaker Buckshot Betsy led the Hell Marys (it's a shame we'll never see her in those Daisy Dukes again) with longtime crowd favorite Dinah Mite doing her best to keep the Hustlers in it. OK Hustlers, revenge will be had at the next bout on April Fool's Day or else I really will feel as if I've cursed you with my prebout prediction.

Bout No. 2 of the evening was a rematch of last year's Championship game featuring the revamped Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and the out-for-blood Hotrod Honeys. Not only have the Heartbreakers threepeated as league champs but they have only lost one bout during that three-year span. There were a lot of questions to be answered Sunday night and I'm afraid the results were not what the Heartbreakers were looking for. Led by standouts Tinkerhell, Rice Rocket, and Miso Fresh (the Score's personal favorite) the Hotrod Honeys opened up a big lead and never looked back going up 50-22 by halftime with a final score of 106-39. The Honeys' Rollin Sweet made the most impressive move of the night doing a one-skated inside-track sneaking-by of the pack that had the crowd going nuts.

1:07PM Tue. Mar. 6, 2007, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

Top 10 Local and Regional Stories of '06
1) With arguably the greatest performance in college football history, Vince Young led UT to a 41-38 upset victory over USC in the Rose Bowl on the fourth day of 2006 and then went on to lead the struggling Tennessee Titans to an 8-5 record in his 13 starts, including beating the Texans with a 39-yard game-winning TD run in OT in his return to his hometown of Houston.

2) UT’s women’s programs achieved unprecedented success in ’06 with the No. 8 soccer squad finishing with their highest final ranking ever. The volleyball team finished at No. 7 and reached the Elite Eight beating Wisconsin in the third round and losing to Stanford in the fourth. UT softball finished the year at No. 5 and said goodbye to interstellar pitcher Cat Osterman.

3) The Westlake Chaparrals made it to the state football championship game in San Antonio’s Alamodome but lost to the seemingly unbeatable Southlake Carroll Dragons 43-29.

4) The Austin Wranglers reached the Arena Football League playoffs for the first time in their short history only to lose to Jon Bon Jovi’s Philadelphia Soul 52-35 at the Frank Erwin Center.

1:01AM Thu. Jan. 4, 2007, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

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Adventures in Journalism: Let’s Go to the Roller Derby!
When the dust finally settled after last Saturday’s (Dec. 2) important flat-track Roller Derby match between the hometown Texas Rollergirls Texecutioners and the skating Saddletramps from Tucson, Ariz., a few things were abundantly clear.
First, if I am to really bite into this sporting press gig, I am going to need Full Access. We’re talking press passes and gear. Much gear. So much gear, in fact, that I’ll need to enlist the aid of at least two friends to handle it all. Microphones, recorders, cameras, lenses … perhaps some lighting. But more about this foul angle later. I’ll have to talk to my editor first.
The important lesson of Saturday night was that these gals are having way more fun than the rest of us. I’ll confess, up until Saturday, when I was handed the prestigious Roller Derby assignment (a sure sign that my work for the Chronicle is at least noticed) I had not attended a Roller Derby bout. I had tried a couple of times, only to find the events either sold out or lacking proper parking. And, as a proud and loyal Southerner, I make a point to avoid crossing the river whenever possible. When was the last time I was in North Austin anyway? And why?

6:04PM Sun. Dec. 10, 2006, John Razook Read More | Comment »

'Hell on Wheels' Roller Derby Doc Nears Completion
Bob Ray and Werner Campbell of Crashcam Films released their stoner-rock epic, Rock Opera, in 1999 and have been mad at work on follow-up feature Hell on Wheels for the last five years. Hell on Wheels follows local Roller Derby leagues the Texas Rollergirls and the Lonestar Rollergirls as they build their Roller Derby empires from scratch and create a model that has been since copied in cities around the nation including Los Angeles, New York, Seattle, and Houston to name just a few. In a recent conversation Campbell disclosed, “We've completed the editing. It took us 18 months to cut and mold our film from more than 500 hours of footage. We still have a minor amount of work to be completed. We are currently recording a score, EQ, graphics, color correction, etc. Expected release date is early-to-mid 2007.” To stay up to date check the film's Web site and to keep abreast of our local leagues' activities see Texas Rollergirls and Lonestar Rollergirls. You can also find Rock Opera on DVD at your finer rental outlets.

4:09PM Tue. Oct. 17, 2006, Mark Fagan Read More | Comment »

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