Team Canada 2014 Announced; 2011 Roster Comparison

Team Canada has officially announced the 2014 roster for the Blood & Thunder 2014 World Cup of Roller Derby and it is looking pretty incredible! Check it out below, then let’s take a look at how it stacks up with the 2011 roster!

905

Bala Reina

Toronto Roller Derby

84

Buffy Sainte Fury

Terminal City Rollergirls

454

Chasing Amy

Montreal Roller Derby

33

Demanda Lashing

Montreal Roller Derby

2

Dusty

Toronto Roller Derby

21

Dyna Hurtcha

Toronto Roller Derby

52

Evada Peron

Terminal City Rollergirls

31

Eve Hallows

Terminal City Rollergirls

40

Georgia W. Tush

Montreal Roller Derby

8080

Greta Bobo

Montreal Roller Derby

527

Heavy Flo

Philly Roller Girls

-8

Jess “Bandit” Paternostro

Montreal Roller Derby

1223

Kim Janna

Terminal City Rollergirls

303

KonichiWOW

Windy City Rollers

1116

Kriss Myass

Calgary Roller Derby Association

2

Lil’ Mama

Montreal Roller Derby

44

Luludemon

Terminal City Rollergirls

18

Mackenzie

Terminal City Rollergirls

1111

Maya Mangleyou

Boston Derby Dames

420

Mel-e-Juana

Montreal Roller Derby

10

Murphy

Rideau Valley Roller Girls

2×4

Nasher the Smasher

Toronto Roller Derby

504

Nattie Long Legs

Atlanta Rollergirls

C3P0

Rainbow Fight

Toronto Roller Derby

989

Sarah Hipel

Texas Rollergirls

3X

Smack Daddy

Montreal Roller Derby

55

Soul Rekker

Rideau Valley Roller Girls

658

Surgical Strike

Montreal Roller Derby

29

Taz

Red Deer Roller Derby Association

999

USS DentHerPrize

Detroit Derby Girls

Now let’s take a look at Team Canada as it was for the 2011 World Cup hosted in Toronto, Ontario.  The biggest thing you’ll likely notice is that the 2011 roster had 9 less skaters than the 2014 one and that they were located all over the nation. There are also a lot of returning players including Georgia W. Tush (read more about her too after the roster), Jess Bandit, Luludemon, Rainbow Fight, Smack Daddy (who was voted as the tournament MVP of the 2011 World Cup), Soul Rekker and Taz. Returning to the coaching staff is Terminal City’s Mack the Mouth.

2011 TEAM CANADA ROSTER

  • Coach Pauly
  • Furious P – Hammer City Roller Girls
  • Mack the Mouth – Terminal City Rollergirls

18

8Mean Wheeler

Terminal City Rollergirls

45

Beretta Lynch

West Kootenay Roller Derby

1111

Bone Machine

Montreal Roller Derby

218

Brim Stone (co-captain)

Toronto Roller Derby

40

Georgia W Tush

Montreal Roller Derby

822

Gunpowder Gertie

Red Deer Roller Derby Association

89

Hell on Keller

E-Ville Roller Derby

516

Iron Wench

Montreal Roller Derby

-8

Jess Bandit (co-captain)

Montreal Roller Derby

118

Killson

Forest City Derby Girls

2

Lil Mama

Montreal Roller Derby

44

Luludemon

Terminal City Rollergirls

88

Maiden Sane

Pile O’ Bones Derby Club

204

Motorhead Molly

Tri-City Rollergirls

C3P0

Rainbow Fight

709 Derby Girls

10

Semi Precious

Rideau Valley Roller Girls

3X

Smack Daddy

Montreal Roller Derby

55

Soul Rekker

Rideau Valley Roller Girls

29

Taz

Red Deer Roller Derby Association

50

Teeknee

Oil City Derby Girls

1491

Windigo

Houston Roller Derby

When Canada faced Team England during the semi-finals in 2011, Georgia W. Tush counter-blocked an opposing skater [see note at bottom]  and unfortunately broke her collar bone as a result of the hard impact. They defeated Team England with a score of 161 to 90 but the accident on track for Georgia ended her participation in the tournament and Team Canada had to skate without her in the final against Team USA (which they lost by a score of 336 to 33). Having a much larger roster to work with this time around, all situated in closer proximity, will not only allow for the team to practice together more often but it will also allow for more leeway in terms of subbing exhausted and injured skaters.

Of course that’s not to say that the spread of where skaters were situated lead to disappointments with the 2011 team. Despite there being athletes from Alberta, British Colombia, Newfoundland, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan and Texas, Team Canada 2011 still played a phenomenal tournament that resulted in them winning silver medals. They won every game up to the finals by defeating France 244 to 17, Sweden 196 to 26, Brazil 408 to 7 and Finland 499 to 31.

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Still, I can’t help but feel that the 2014 roster has even greater potential to dominate the track with so many of the skaters being situated in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. I have no doubt in my mind that, despite the physical distance between them, the coaches will be able to communicate very well with each other and will develop a strong, cohesive team to represent our country.

Only time will tell what Team Canada 2014 can accomplish but I am certainly excited to see how they stack up with the rest of the world! The sport has come a long way in the last 3 years so I’m sure we’re all going to be treated to some STELLAR roller derby once the event gets underway next December 4th to 7th in Dallas, Texas.

So, what do you think of Team Canada’s roster announcements? Do you like what you see? How do you think it compares to the 2011 roster?

To keep up to date on their training and development, follow Team Canada on their Facebook page.

NOTE: Though some news sites reported that Georgia W Tush broke her collarbone after colliding with a teammate, she has since clarified that the injury occurred as she was counter-blocking an opposing skater.

 

Headshot1Written by Kevin “Kevlar” Dennison

Derby fan!

5 comments

  1. Cool write up! Side note: I didn’t collide with my own team mate. I counter-blocked a hit from an opposing player, and the impact broke my collar bone.

    1. Glad you enjoyed the post and thank you very much for the clarification, Georgia W Tush! I’ll make the necessary change to reflect this in the article for future readers.

  2. Great article thank you….one other returning skater from 2011 is 8mean Wheeler (Terminal City) who is now skating under her legal name Kim MacKenzie

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