Friday, July 31, 2009
RollerCon 2009 Day 3
On today's agenda, the WFTDA sanctioned bout between the Boston Massacre and the BAD Girls All-Stars. The bout was scheduled for noon. Thank goodness. It allowed our tired post party bodies to sleep in a bit more and take our time eating breakfast before venturing out to the sports center.
A visit from the Rev
Checking out the eyeball.
"Wait for us."
A Hammer City T-shirt!!! woo woo!
This thing is looking like a large version of the AGO Crystal
Driving down the Las Vegas strip
Carrot Top? Is he still around?
Boston Massacre VS BAD Girls All Stars
The Sports Center Audience
Bay Area Derby Girls All-Stars. Did anyone else notice the acronym BAD GAS? I wonder if anyone else made that connection? It's too bad they didn't go with All-Star Skaters cause then they'd be BAD ASS. (Faster than a rolling O, more powerful than a silent E. ) The BAD team made it to the Nationals last year so I was expecting some pretty bad ass skating.
As for Boston, what do we know about them? I didn't even know they had a roller derby team until this week. It's not like I memorize the WFTDA team rosters (although maybe I should). Boston Pizza, the Boston Bruins (from the original six), Bobby Orr, the Boston Tea Party, the Red Sox, the Boston Marathon, Boston cream pie/donut, I've heard of those. Roller Derby? Nope. Never associated the city with roller derby.
Later on I'd find out that the Montreal Roller Derby Girls love them. Love them. That's good enough for me. Go Boston!
As a photographer it's usually a good idea to stay impartial to the teams that play. I say usually but if you're shooting for a specific team or league then all that goes out the window. It's easier to focus on good skating as opposed to a specific team members if you're impartial. In the end you have photos of great skating and hopefully of the two teams.
We the photographers (Apron, Shoot to kill, Shutter thug, and me holding the camera), in order to form a more perfect union...
Before the game there was a quick meeting for us photographers regarding where we were going to be shooting from. How many of us could fit in the middle of the track, standard photo etiquette, all that good stuff.
Claire D. Way, Jammer for the Boston Massacre
Shoot to kill, photographer from Chicago
The people that announce the game
Sports Center during the half time break
Whip It girls throw free stuff into the audience
Bulldog holds up a fist full of Whip it trading cards
The Boston Massacre team with sugar wheels
Extending a hand for a possible whip
Skating up to a wall of B.A.D.
QuadZilla gets the audience to cheer by throwing free stuff
Pussy Venom gets whacked in the face.
Synchronized chair dancing
Claire D. Way dodges and skates away scoring another point
Boston Massacre victorious
BAD Girls All Stars 58
Boston Massacre 119
Valerie of the dolls
An air conditioned bus... yay!
The non-air conditioned bus as seen for the hotel room
Loud Mouth vs Silent But Deadly
Setting up the track
Looks like a super wedgie
Gramercy Refs vs Co-Ed Cripplers
Las Vegas is a very dry place (it's in a desert after all)... drink lots of water
QuadZilla skates around so fast that his jammer ref has a hard time keeping up.
QuadZilla leaves a wake of skater bodies lying on the track
Thomas Refferson in mid leap passing a blocker
Vagine Regime vs Strickly Dickly
The audience loves Bane-Ana
Disco pants ala Mr. Rawk
Miss Fortune, jammer, navigates around the pack.
Moll E. Hatchet attempts to clear the way for her jammer
Cherrylicious calls of the jam
...and this is why there are track boundaries.
Trish the Dish takes a moment
Maul E. Hatchet from Chicago
Vagine Regime and Strictly Dickly
Waiting for the bus
After the Fremont experience bouts there were a bunch of us that were worried that we were waiting on the wrong side of the street waiting to be picked up by the shuttle bus. After all yesterday we were standing on the wrong side of the street and if it wasn't for Rebel Rock-it getting the bus to wait for us we might have been waiting a lot longer for a bus that we thought never came.
Today we waited for the bus where it dropped us off. During the 40 minutes of waiting another bus stopped and asked us who we were waiting for before closing the doors on us.
There it is!
"Yay! I'm on the bus"
Heading back to the I.P.
Photos from the Black and Blue Ball...