Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Spring Cleaning

It's the time of year when we start to clean out our closets. Winter clothes get put away for storage, making more room for warm weather gear. Windows get cleaned, as they will soon be wide open. It's a new beginning, a change in weather, lighter days, a fresh start.

And so, I find it very fitting that our old website has been all cleaned up and our brand new site is up and running.......just in time for spring! With crisp clean digital icons, photos and font, you will find navigating from page to page to come with ease.

Please visit http://longislandrollerrebels.com/ to check it out for yourself. It might just inspire you to finally put those snow boots up in the attic.

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Massage From Mom

I've always believed that being a mother has to be the hardest job around. If you do it well, you really do commit yourself to taking care of someone in the best way you know how, for the rest of your life. From carrying the pregnancy, to giving birth and that's just the easy part! That's why I find it so amazing when mothers work, raise their kids and somehow find extra time for things. And by things I mean, roller derby. Roller derby in itself is a full time job. There are practices - 2-3 a week, committee work, fundraisers, scrimmages, bouts, and so on. I am always amazed that quite a few of our league members hold the title of not only derby girl, but mother as well.

Serial Mom aka The Mom I'd Like To Block, has been skating with the Long Island Roller Rebels since the summer of 2007. After suffering from a bone-breaking injury, Serial Mom went through countless hours of physical therapy, walking with a cane, and came back to play stronger than ever! All the while raising her daughter Ava and working as a massage therapist.

Serial Mom graduated from Swedish Institute in NYC and has been practicing massage therapy since August of 2005. She specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, medical, sports, shiatsu, reflexology, and pre-natal massages. She is a NYS Licensed and Nationally Certified By The National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB). She currently works for two spas and also has a side business.

For more information or to schedule a massage, Serial Mom (aka Linda Gonzalez,LMT), can be contacted at LingoLMT@hotmail.com, 631-806-2666. When not getting a massage by this mulit-talented mama, be sure to check her out in action on the track. Serial Mom skates as an alternate for our travel team and for home team The Rolling Thundercats.

I couldn't think of a better day for this post to go up because today we wish Serial Mom's daughter Ava a VERY happy 4th birthday!! Happy birthday Ava!!

Serial Mom with her husband Elliot and their daughter Ava

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pink, Black and Green

If you're in the Glen Cove area this Sunday, March 21st, come check out your favorite roller girls as they skate in The Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The Parade starts at 1:00PM and forms behind the Finley Middle School on Forest Avenue. It then follows Brewster Street to School Street, on to Glen Street through the downtown, ending on St. Patrick’s Church at the corner of Glen Street and Pearsall Avenue.

See you there!!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Back In Action

It felt great to be back at Skate Safe announcing with Jake and our guest announcer Bertha Control this past Saturday night. The crowd was fantastic and thanks to all of our fans, the bout was once again sold out!!

The girls played an amazing game, one of the best I've seen. The Rebels skillfully applied various strategies and their jammers all did a phenomenal job. Jersey fought hard to keep up with the hard hits and plays, but in the end they did more than keep up, they won. The score was SO close, 163-165. Congratulations Jersey Shore!!

Click here to see photos from one of our favorite photographers Krystyna.

One of the best parts of the night was getting to see Captain Morgan back in the game after taking off a season to recover from an injury (Ironically enough, Captain was hurt the last time the Rebels bouted against Jersey Shore). I know she was so glad to be back out there.

It was a great night and I can't wait to do it all again. See you all next time!!

Friday, March 12, 2010

In Case You Forgot..........

Tomorrow night, March 13th, is The Roller Rebels' FIRST bout of the season and we couldn't be more excited!! Please be sure to come check us out as we take on the Jersey Shore Roller Girls

Skate Safe America
Doors open at 7:00PM, whistle blows at 8:00PM
Beer, food, raffles and of course, ROLLER DERBY!!

Click here for advance ticket sales.

See you there!!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Groovin' On A Sunday Afternoon

What wonderful weather we had today! My boyfriend and I both woke up feeling sick with head congestion, sneezing, etc. We canceled our plans and decided that we would rest all day. He stepped out to pick up some cold medicine and when he got back, informed me of the warm beautiful weather. We decided that the sun might make us both feel better so we gathered up our skates and took a drive to Eisenhower Park for some skating.
Image - Grabbed from Wikipedia
As soon as we got there, I had the most pleasant flashbacks of summer practice with the Rebels. Skating together and performing drills around the circular, cement rink and then up and down the trail around the park, followed by a well deserved burrito at Chipotle (one of our sponsors) with the girls.

Once the weather warms up, we plan outdoor practices and put our wheels to the pavement. This is great for so many reasons. First, being able to practice outside and getting to enjoy the fresh air and warmth at the same time is just such a nice bonus. Second, skating outdoors REALLY works your muscles so much harder than skating indoors. It's a great way to challenge yourself and improve your stamina because the pavement isn't as smooth and there are hills, inclines and unexpected obstacles everywhere. I had forgotten all about that until today! Whoa are my thighs gonna be hurting tomorrow. And third, it's FREE!! Being there today reminded me that I have skating in the park to look forward to and well, summer just can't come soon enough.

My boyfriend effortlessly skated the trail - up, down, flipping backward and then forward with such ease. Jumping, sprinting, you name it he did it, and did it well. He also somehow avoided each and every rock, pebble and stick without ever looking at the ground. Let me add that he did this all while wearing dance skates, untied, with small worn out indoor wheels. I kept up as far as speed, but shamelessly admit that my footwork simply could not compare to his. Time to have him teach me some moves again!!

Anyway, I suggest you all get out there. Strap on your skates and gear and work those wheels!! You'll be so happy you did.

- Etta

Friday, March 5, 2010

Introducing The 2010 Home Teams..........

Wicked Wheelers
Amaretto Sourpuss
Captain Morgan
Hard Cory
Greasy Deecee
Carnage Electra
Ninja Starr
Jenny Bangs

Ladies of Laceration
Violet Knockout
Celtic Thunder
Tripsy Rose Lee
Point N Shoot
Punky Boobster
Whiskey Lullaby
Miss Murderhart

Rolling Thundercats
TSFKA Raven Madd
Chest Blockwell
Cyanide Kisses
Serial Mom
Northern Exposeher

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Suspense.......Soon To Be Over

Last night drafting was done for for the 2010 home teams. Tonight brand new rosters will be announced at practice and let me tell you, the suspense is killing me!

As a former Lady Of Laceration, I can't help but think about who will make up the team and at the same time, I'm SO curious to see who the Ladies will be up against. Once I have the full list, I will post it here for all to see!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

WIDE awake

Most nights after practice, I'm so hyped up. I hear this from most of the girls. Some are exhausted and just want to go to bed, but a lot of us are wide awake and filled with good spirit and inspiration. This is what happens when you've got endorphins running wild and have just finished working on something you're truly passionate about.

It was a long practice tonight at United Skates. The new girls were there to take their skills test and once we were all done, my head was spinning!! Still, I can say with all honesty that I loved every minute of it.

As I sit here at 2:00AM writing this, I am thinking about all of the girls who took the test tonight. The determination on some of their faces, the improvement in skills that some demonstrated and the bit of nervousness that they all shared. I am very excited for those who passed and for those who did not, I look forward to their next time up at bat. I know they will continue to strive and prove that they can do it!!

Great job tonight ladies.....that includes all of the coaches and veterans who helped out.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Let the Drafting Begin!!

Hello Roller Rebel Fans!!

This is a very exciting time for the Rebels! Tonight, our latest group of Fresh Bloods will be taking their physical skills test. After that, all passing players will be placed on one of our three teams; The Wicked Wheelers, The Ladies of Laceration and The Rolling Thundercats. In addition, most of our vets will be placed into the draft and it's possible that they will be placed on a team that they did not play for last season. It's bittersweet I suppose. On one hand, it's exciting to see what the new girls are made of but at the same time, some veterans will need to make a switch. But in the end, we're all Roller Rebels and we all root for each other.

Stay tuned to learn about the brand new home team rosters for 2010!!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Derby Pancakes Taste So Good!!

The pancake breakfast on Sunday was so much fun! The chefs, servers and the bartender, REALLY worked their butts off. By the time I left the event, my belly was so stuffed! Someone behind the cooking area said that I am a bottomless pit and with those pancakes, who wouldn't be! They were delicious. Eventually, eggs, bacon and sausage were also served and let's not forget the overflowing amount of Mimosas.

Thank you to all of our friends and fans for joining us at Mr. Beery's. We'll see you all soon!!