The Hammer City Roller Girls are embarking on their second decade of competitive roller derby in Hamilton.
The eleventh season starts with a double-header Saturday, April 30 at J.L. Grightmire (Market) Arena in Dundas where the Hammer City Eh! Team and the Hammer City Harlots take on the visiting Forest City Derby Girls from London, Ont. Hammer City’s season is rounded out by home double-headers in June and August, and a number of games on the road.
Doors for all bouts open at 5 p.m., with bouts at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Season tickets and individual bout tickets are available at bouts or via Brown Paper Tickets.
The June 11 home twin bill pits Hammer City against vs New Hampshire Roller Derby and Orangeville Roller Girls at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena on Hester Street in Hamilton.
On Aug. 6 the Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania) and Tri-City Total Knock-Outs (Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge) teams visit the Dave Andreychuk arena.
To mark the beginning of Hammer City’s second decade, HCRG has launched a new website at www.hammercityrollergirls.ca. Fans will be greeted with a sleek new layout, a countdown timer marking the start of upcoming bouts, and a revamped skater gallery. Visitors will also find information on how to join Hammer City as a skater, official, or volunteer.
If you’re thinking of joining the derby action, HCRG has just the thing for you. HCRG hosts three training programs per year designed to turn even the most inexperienced skater into a roller derby powerhouse. Most of the teams skaters’ first time on skates was in HCRG’s 101 program and the proof of their success in the program can be seen on the track.
Hammer City’s next 10-week Derby 101 training program starts April 20 at Coronation Arena (6:30 .pm., 81 Macklin Road North) and is preceded by a free information session April 3 at The George Hamilton (7 p.m., 152 King Street West, Hamilton. Attendees will learn about the sport of roller derby, meet some recent graduates of the program, and talk to experienced veterans about their illustrious derby careers.
HCRG was established in 2006. The not-for-profit, skater-operated team is Canada’s first all-women’s flat track roller derby league. In 2009, HCRG became the second international member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby.
HCRG has two teams: the chartered Hammer City Eh! Team that represents the league in sanctioned WFTDA bouts and tournaments that count towards international WFTDA rankings; and the Hammer City Harlots B team.
HCRG is committed to giving back to the community. League members contribute their time to many organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hamilton, St. Matthews House, Hamilton Public Library, and SACHA (Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area).
HCRG is also eager to provide complimentary tickets to organizations which would like to give them away as a prize or as part of a fundraising initiative. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.