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PLAYER PROFILE: INTRODUCING ‘TINAshus T’

TINAshus T #3

TINAshus T #3

TINAshus T #3

Meet one of the poster girls for our Summer Shovin’ bout, Tina Hilts!  If you haven’t seen the posters, check out our facebook event to see Tina rocking it as Rizzo.

This 28 year-old grew up in Rocanville and has been with Gapland since the beginning.  Lucky for us, she happens to be sisters with the two founding members (Nixon Broozes and Knuckle Bones).  She decided she might as well give derby a try, since she looks up to both sisters and they have such a passion for it. Continue reading

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Player Profile: INTRODUCING ‘HEARTLYSS’

Heartlyss #12

Heartlyss #12

HEARTLYSS #12

Meet Gapland’s newly wedded belle, Alyssa Reid (nee Minty).  This 23 year-old is Rocanville born and raised.  She is currently employed by the Regina Qu’Appelle health region as a continuing care assistant.  Through this position she helps people maintain their independence and dignity, while continuing to live in their own home.  This career choice fits her perfectly, as she is one of the most caring individuals in our league. Continue reading

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Player Profile: INTRODUCING ‘Ms. CheeVS Maehem’

Ms CheeVS Maehem #71

Ms CheeVS Maehem #71

Ms. CheeVS Maehem #71

Meet one of Gapland’s more mature players: Chris Mitschke.  Clocking in at her mid-forties, she has never let her age slow her down one bit in this crazy sport.  She is proud to compete in roller derby, but has gotten a hard time from people in the past.  Do not underestimate her due to her age or size (she is also one of our slightest skaters).

Maehem joined Gapland in our second season, after hearing about it from some of her students (including our own Crystal Brawl’s daughter).  She currently teaches grade 3 in Langenburg, where she now lives, although she grew up in Saskatoon.

Her derby name is pronounced ‘Mischevious Maehem,’ and stems from her middle name, Mae.  She chose the Ms. CheeVS part, hoping that she would be underestimated.  Her number, 71, was mirrored after former Saskatchewan Roughrider, Bobby Jurasin.  “He was a force on the Riders for many years and I want to be a force on our team,” she says.  Maehem also wears his characteristic Rising Sun bandana under her helmet.

Maehem’s goal for this season is to become more agile on her skates.  She also wants to maintain better contact with all her derby friends during the off-season.  In the 2012 season, Chris was presented with the ‘Brave Little Toaster’ award.  This resulted from her speedy recovery after an early-season broken tailbone.  She was back on skates within four weeks, and bouting in eight.  She is no stranger to injury, also receiving a broken nose at our last home bout in 2012, the Harvest Haymaker.  What she lacks in size, she makes up for in grit, heart, and sheer determination.

Being her usual positive self, Maehem found it difficult to chose one singular career highlight.  Learning new strategy made the top of the list, along with representing Gapland on the Flat Track Friction bout poster.

Teammate and coach, Lottie B. Naughty, shared the following about Maehem.  “Except for her marvellous booty shorts and make-up, Maehem isn’t a flashy player, on or off the track—but flying under the radar she is one to make things happen.  Always hard-working, diplomatic, and graceful, she gets things done without anyone even realizing how it happened.  More than just Ms. CheeVS Maehem, she is also magic.”

Maehem’s next derby action will take place in Halifax on August 10th, when we take on the Halifax Harbour Grudges.  Going into this game, the coaches will be counting on her for leadership on and off the track.  Stay tuned for bout photos, which are guaranteed to feature her in one of her fabulous outfits.

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Player Profile: Introducing ‘Madame REN Dogger’

Madame REN Dogger #683

Madame REN Dogger #683

Madame REN Dogger #683

Familiarize yourself with Gapland’s very own la reine français: Renée Tremblay.  Born and raised in Saint-Lazare, this 38-year-old now calls Rocanville home.  Previously a high school teacher, Madame Ren Dogger is currently a stay at home maman to her two youngest darlings.  She plans to return to teaching once they are settled into school (and yes, they are fluent in French).

Ren Dog put a lot of thought into choosing her derby name.  She really wanted to show her quirky personality, along with her die-hard French heritage.  Those who spend time with her know that she is always trying to stick some French in, wherever she can.  After mulling over a few options with ‘REN’ in them (stemming from the word French), she finally came to the conclusion to use a nickname her high school students gave her.  With that,  fRENch Kiss of Death and fRENch Onion Soup were discarded, and Madame REN Dogger was born.  Her derby number also has special meaning, in that 683 are the first three digits in Saint-Lazare phone numbers.

Unknown to Gapland, Ren Dog had been toying with the idea of trying derby for some time.  She claims that she had wanted to join for a while, but was too chicken to show up to a bunch of strange women.  How does one say ‘stranger danger’ en français?  Thankfully, the lure proved irresistible along with some encouragement from her friend Ta Mere.

Madame turned out to be quite the derby phénomène.  Not only did she receive the ‘Fast Learning Matha Fakka’ award for the 2012 season, but she also rightfully received the 2012 Most Improved Player.  Hold on, is that first one even a real award?  When you are Ren Dog and you have trademarked the phrase ‘madarfarcars’ it sure is!  The highlight of her derby career to-date was the Harvest Haymaker scrimmage in September of 2012.  Her game sense and ability clicked into place, she was in the best shape of her life, and she succeeded in winning lead jam on a very tough opponent FOUR times!  For the 2013 season, she wants to continue to work on her skating skills and endurance, as well as understand the game better.  Off the track, she plans to become friends with other derby gals (instead of just acquaintances) and get every derby kid saying ‘madarfacars’ just like hers.

Ren Dog divulges that, “joining the derby team has saved me from a boring life [we all doubt this].  I admit that sometimes my kids don’t seem completely human, so derby lets me spend time with some real ones.”  She is unsure of how many seasons she will be able to participate in on the track, but vows to maintain the rediscovery of her that derby prompted.  “She always shows sheer determination, has a positive attitude, and encouraging words for other gals,” says her teammate Bone Voyage.  Gapland is proud to call her our own and we hope her derby journey is a long one.  Cheers madarfarcars!

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Player Profile: Introducing ‘Synyster Skates’

Synyster Skates #6.61

Synyster Skates #6.61

Synyster Skates #6.61

In non-derby life, you can call this Smalltown Smasher Paighton Cozens.  She got some help choosing her derby name from one of our league founders, Knucklebones.  “My favorite band is Avenged Sevenfold and their guitarist’s name is Synyster Gates,” she says.  Seems like fate.  As for her number, Synyster says that it took her exactly 6.61 minutes to realize she wanted to play derby.

Synyster has grown up in Rocanville and works part-time at one of our platinum sponsors, Borderland Co-op.  Lucky for us, she’s only in grade 10 at Rocanville High School, meaning there are many derby years left in her career.

What brought her to Gapland?  “Echo Chase (Sweet Poison) pretty much forced my butt out onto the track.  I’m so glad she did, derby has changed my life a lot.”  Synyster loves all positions and yes, she really is that positive, all the time.  For the upcoming season, she wants to work on all of her skills and be the best that she possibly can.  Off the track, she wants to maintain great relationships with all the derby girls.  Synyster also wants to bring more attention to GRDL and get our name out there.  Did I mention she’s also on the art committee?  This gal is overflowing with different talents!

Synyster is always willing to help out wherever she is needed.  In the 2012 season she received the ‘Momma Duck Award’.  She always has time to mentor the younger (or older!) girls and lend her experience.  “The very first practice I went to, Synyster helped teach me all the basics,” says Farm Fatale.  “I don’t think I would have been so hooked if it hadn’t been for her.”  Gapland is more than excited for her involvement on and off the track in the years to come.

You can see Synyster Skates #6.61 at the Spring Showdown on Saturday, May 25.  The Smalltown Smashers take the track at 5:00 p.m.  See you there!

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