This is my first time splitting New England into a North and a South region. Heck, at this time last year I knew only a handful of skaters from north of New York (and they were all on Boston, Maine, Providence or CT … because I had played or watched them before). Last year, when I wrote my New England articles I had to beg for help from Bitches Bruze (and thank you!) because I just didn’t know anyone.
I became fascinated with men’s derby however. And I learned about a lot of leagues I never knew even existed. One year later, I didn’t even have to ask friends for names of folks on the South list. I’m stoked to share the results for this region. So without further ado, here are your Reserves for the New England South region! These are the skaters that made the 17-20 slots on the roster.
Vixen Tahitcha – Boston Derby Dames – This woman lives up to her name. Her blocks are not just strong, but they look punishing. She is a blocker that you may not notice if you’re not looking for her, but when you go back and watch the footage, she brutalizes her opponents. If you like seeing jammers drop to the ground, you want to watch Vixen.
Deep in Cider – Mass Maelstrom – Cider the skater is just as memorable as Cider the name. Captain of Maelstrom this season, he was an important piece of that impenetrable wall that the boys in blue always built. His non-verbal communication helped keep packs close and working towards the same goal. Watching him throughout the season was awesome – while he’s been strong all year, his footwork and edging has jumped DRAMATICALLY since I first saw him skate at Spring Roll.
Painya Collida – Shoreline Roller Derby – Painya wears the star a lot. This may sound fundamental, but she scores lots of points simply by being good at what she does. There’s not a lot of flash and bang to Painya – but it’s ok. Her skills, speed, awareness and reflexes are such that she doesn’t have to pull fancy tricks. She’s able to just get through the pack, drop into a low stance and come back to do it again. And again. And again.
Kenny Cloudkicker – CT Death Quads – Ok, first of all: Kenny is one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my life. Just wanted to get that in the open. Kenny has been around the sport for a while. As in, I found a photo of him at the MDC Champs in Hagerstown in 2010. (I know – so long ago!) His agility and jammer awareness are a good indication that the guy knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t back down from a fight and no matter how many times the guy gets knocked around, he picks himself up (with a smile) and keeps going. His endurance is awesome. The guys at the Mohawk Valley Cup noticed too – Kenny won the MVP award for the Death Quads this year.
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