New Hampshire Roller Derby

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New Hampshire Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Country United States
Founded 2007
Teams Skate Free Or Die! All-Stars - T
Queen City Cherry Bombs - T
Seabrook Meltdowns
Granite Skate Troopers
Nightmares on Elm St.
Track type(s) Flat
Venue JFK Memorial Coliseum
Manchester, NH[1]
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type not-for-profit LLC
Website www.nhrollerderby.com

New Hampshire Roller Derby is the first women's amateur roller derby league in New Hampshire.[2] NHRD is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[3]

League history[edit]

The league was founded in July 2007 as Skate Free or Die Rollergirls,[4] in southern New Hampshire, but now operates under the name New Hampshire Roller Derby.[5]

In the summer of 2008,[2] their Skate Free or Die! all-star team had their first scrimmage against Providence Roller Derby's Killah Bees in July,[6] hosted their first tournament in August,[7] and saw their first bout, against Maine Roller Derby's Calamity Janes, in September. The league played its first full-length season in 2009. (See Competitive History)

On September 1, 2009, NHRD was accepted into the WFTDA Apprenticeship Program[8] with the first round of inductees. The league graduated from the Apprentice Program and was inducted as a Class B member of WFTDA on June 17, 2010.[5]

Organization[edit]

The league is composed of several teams including an all-star travel team that competes with other leagues in the surrounding area. The league operates as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All proceeds after paying operating costs such as venue rental fees are donated to charity. Groups that the New Hampshire Roller Derby has donated to include the American Red Cross, Animal Rescue League, NH Food Bank, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, Save Giovanni's Friends, and Greyhound Pets of America.[9]

Teams[edit]

New Hampshire Roller Derby has grown to more than 50 members[10] and has broken into multiple teams within the league beginning with the 2010 season.

Skate Free or Die! All-Stars logo by Alley "Dee Stortion" Trela
Queen City Cherry Bombs logo by A.V. Phibes
Seabrook Meltdowns logo by Jena "Pixie Bruiser" Cotreau
Granite Skate Troopers logo by Jena "Pixie Bruiser" Cotreau

Skate Free or Die! All-Stars[edit]

Current Roster
The Skate Free or Die! All-Stars (SFOD) were NHRD's only team for the first two and a half years of the league's existence. SFOD is the league's A-Level, WFTDA-chartered travel team, eligible for national ranking and participation in WFTDA tournaments. They have played bouts throughout the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada as far away as Delaware and Montreal. The team's colors are pink and black and their mascot is Grim Skater.

Queen City Cherry Bombs[edit]

Current Roster
Formed in early 2010, the Queen City Cherry Bombs (QCCB) are NHRD's B-Level travel team which competes around New England. The team's colors are red and black and their mascot is Queen Victorious.

Seabrook Meltdowns[edit]

[1]
The Seabrook Meltdowns were formed in early 2010 as one of two original "home teams" for NHRD. They play intraleague home and exhibition bouts against the league's other home team, the Granite Skate Troopers. The team's colors are lime green and black and their mascot is Atomic Annie.

Granite Skate Troopers[edit]

Current Roster
Like the Meltdowns, the Granite Skate Troopers are one of NHRD's two intraleague home teams. They play against the meltdowns both at home and in exhibition bouts. The team's colors are army green and black and their mascot is Officer Haughty McNaughty.

Competitive history[edit]

2009[edit]

Overall Record: 5-3

NHRD Team Opponent
Skate Free or Die (78) @ Albany (144)
@ Skate Free or Die (86) Providence Killah Bees (75)
Skate Free or Die (51) @ Montreal Sexpos (13)
@ Skate Free or Die (93) Central New York Utica Clubbers (30)
Skate Free or Die (50) @ Providence Killah Bees (150)
@ Skate Free or Die (93) Garden State Brick City Bruisers (53)
Skate Free or Die (64) @ Wilmington City (173)
Skate Free or Die (149) @ Garden State Brick City Bruisers (47)

2010[edit]

Overall Record:
Skate Free or Die!: 4-3
Queen City Cherry Bombs: 3-2

NHRD Team Opponent
Skate Free or Die (79) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Grade A Fancy (72)
@ Skate Free or Die (33) Garden State Rollergirls' Ironbound Maidens (117)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (17) Central Mass Roller Derby's Petticoat Punishers (40)
Skate Free or Die (80) @ Central New York Roller Derby's Utica Clubbers (56)
@ Skate Free or Die (46) Pioneer Valley Roller Derby's Western Mass Destruction (134)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (56) Roc City Roller Derby's 5H85s (59)
Queen City Cherry Bombs (63) @ Connecticut Roller Girls' Yankee Brutals (53)
Queen City Cherry Bombs (133) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Black Ice Brawlers (61)
Skate Free or Die (158) @ Green Mountain Derby Dames' Grade A Fancy (70)
@ Queen City Cherry Bombs (95) Elm City Derby Damez (17)
@ Skate Free or Die (158) Lehigh Valley Roller Derby's Hissy Fits (120)
Skate Free or Die (105) Dutchland Derby Rollers' Dutchland Blitz (140)

Rankings[edit]

Season Q4 ranking[11] Playoffs Championship
2011 26 DNQ DNQ
2012 12 DNQ DNQ

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rivers, Bryon (2009-08-21). The women of Skate Free or Die prepare for final match”. Lawrence Eagle Tribune. Retrieved 2010-02-12.
  2. ^ a b Schoenberg, Shira (2008-08-01). "New Hampshire's first roller derby league begins its first season tomorrow. Plan for thrills and pain.". Concord Monitor. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  3. ^ WFTDA Leagues
  4. ^ Plumb, Taryn (2008-03-06). "Squeals on wheels". Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  5. ^ a b "WFTDA Adds 11 New Members". WFTDA Press Release. 2010-06-17. 
  6. ^ Plumb, Taryn (2008-07-31). "Rollergirls ready to rumble in rink". Boston Globe. 
  7. ^ Cleveland, Kathy (2008-08-04). "N.H. hosts first women's roller derby league tourney". Nashua Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2008-09-19. 
  8. ^ WFTDA Apprentice Leagues
  9. ^ Early, Brian (2008-07-24). "Roller derby roll-out". The Hippo. Retrieved 2008-09-20. 
  10. ^ Mucciarone, Jeff (2009-10-1). Local derby league now has more than 50 members. The Hippo Press
  11. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA

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