After celebrating our 7th anniversary in January, we had a busy year with six home doubleheaders and six combined away bouts for our men’s team, the Dirty Dozen; our women’s A-team, Western Mass Destruction; and our women’s B-team, Quabbin Missile Crisis. We are grateful to have continued our relationship with the Williston Northampton School via usage of their facilities for our bouting venues, and are thrilled to have had the chance to skate in the 10,000-seat Mullins Center at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
For our fans who used to cheer on our women’s home teams, the old Quabbin Missile Crisis and the Florence Fightin’ Gals, 2013 saw a structure change on the women’s side of PVRD. Previously, league skaters and players on Western Mass Destruction were rostered on two teams that only played each other locally. In 2013, we switched to an A- and B-team setup, with Western Mass Destruction and the revamped Quabbin Missile Crisis each playing teams from other clubs, in order to allow for more growth opportunities for our skaters in competing against a variety of opponents.
Quabbin Missile Crisis had great success in its debut interleague season. Led by captain Cali Burr, the Quabbins, mostly made up of skaters in their first or second bouting year, skated their way to a 3-1 season record with strong showings throughout. QMC logged a lot of hours in extra team practices, and the time and effort paid off in spades.
Western Mass Destruction saw much roster turnover in 2013 as graduate school and job opportunities led a few PVRD veterans to other parts of the country, but under Legend of the Hit ‘n Trample’s strong leadership, the WMDs were 3-1 at home and gained invaluable experience playing away bouts against tough teams such as the Boston B Party, Charm City Roller Girls’ Female Trouble, and DC Rollergirls’ National Maulers.
The Dirty Dozen, captained by Snidely Rinkrash, struggled this season with only a handful of skaters, but devoted energy to training their new recruits well and sought assistance from new and longtime friends in the derby community to field fuller teams for games. With several recruitment nights this off-season, the Dozen are looking for fresh new talent to take 2014 in a new direction.
Our officiating crew honed their skills all season by staffing bouts and scrimmages nearly every week in various capacities, in and around New England, and continue to train and network when officiating opportunities arise. They, too, are looking for new recruits.
2013 was a year of many firsts, including our debut roller derby appearance at the Mullins Center, interleague bouts for the Quabbin Missile Crisis, a monthly open mixed co-ed scrimmage, and our brand new Junior Roller Derby program for youth aged 13-17. The Juniors’ inaugural practice took place September 18 and the participants progressed quickly through several foundational skating skills. We can’t wait to see where they end up!
That said, the year’s not yet over for us; we have another recruitment night coming up on November 6, a ref clinic for officials in their first year on September 29, and the first-ever Late Nite Derby Affair on October 4, with multiple round-robin scrimmages running all night and a party thereafter.
We’d like to thank our many sponsors, fans, friends and family, officiating crews, volunteers, and competitors on the track for making this spectacular year possible. Onto the next!