The great white north of the United States. Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. They do not have dozens of roller derby teams like in the more densely populated areas of the world. That being said, the New England states have been turning heads with their small teams of highly dedicated skaters.
This was the first time I split up New England into two different areas. I felt that the northern teams deserved to be highlighted as much as the bigger leagues of Massachusetts. That being said, I barely got any votes for New England, so instead of the usual 16 articles, I am going to do 4, releasing the names of 5 all-stars at a time. Congrats to all of the skaters recognized. Here are your 16-20 slots on your New England North Charter:
Pope John Maul III – Vermont Men’s Roller Derby - I love how many men we have making it onto the lists this year. Pope John Maul is known to be an ambassador of men’s derby in the north. His role as a team mate is to be the glue that holds his pack together. Vermont is known for fun bouts and hard hits, and Pope John Maul III leads the charge on these.
Liv N Fear – New Hampshire Roller Derby – Strong walls and solid communication have been a key to NHRD’s ‘sudden’ rise in WFTDA. Last year they made a splash at ECDX, coming in as a wildcard team. Now we know to watch out for them, and Liv N Fear is part of that caution. She is able to stay low and strong in her blocking; her non-verbal communication with team mates keeps her one step ahead of opposing jammers and her strength keeps those jammers at bay.
Anne Cockledoux – Green Mountain Derby Dames – Brutal. That’s what Anne is. She is the kind of blocker who lines up in front of jammers and makes the jammers quake a little bit. Not just because she’s strong and intimidating, but because she is agile. While some blockers fear taking that last hit to keep a jammer in the pack, Anne relishes it. (PS I’ve never seen her skate – this is just what I’m picking up from the photos I’m seeing!)
Rage of Aquarius – New Hampshire Roller Derby – Another blocker who ruins the dreams of jammers. Rage was hard to find in photos at first, but now that I know who to look for, she stands out in a crowd. She is always partnered up and working with her team. Her positional blocking keeps jammers controlled and when she hits, she does it with purpose. She rarely wastes a movement.
Fury S Fox – Granite State Roller Derby – A pivot and leader, Fury is tough to find in photos. I had to really hunt to dig up images. What I can see from what I found is that she is a leader. She is practiced and she is unafraid to step up and make the call. She may not be the one making the hit, but she is the one keeping the pack together and making the team work as a unit.
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