July’s Capital Defender of the Month: Toni Smasheries!

Name:
Toni Smasheries
Number:
65

What’s the story behind your name and number?
I was living in Houston when I started playing with Houston Roller Derby. I wanted a derby name with my cajun roots and my brother-in-law Jason Heil came up with my name. My number is my son Zachary’s birthday, 0605. I just took out the zeros.

What positions do you play?
All of them: Pivot, Blocker, and Jammer.

What’s your favorite thing about derby?
Hitting people… legally.

What first attracted to derby?
Kat Tasotpe got me to go to Houston Roller Derby tryouts. She skates with the Hotrod Honeys (Texas Rollergirls) in Austin and is one of the girls that restarted derby 10 years ago!
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6/22 GAME DAY NOTES: All-Stars vs. Spindletop Rollergirls

On Saturday, June 22, your Red Stick Roller Derby All-Stars return home to Baton Rouge with a rematch against the Spindletop Rollergirls!

  • Red Stick Roller Derby All-Stars (#3 Derby South) (2-1) @ Spindletop Rollergirls (0-4)
  • Location:
    Leo’s Rollerland
    1717 North Airway Drive
    Baton Rouge, LA  70815
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  • Time:
    Doors open at 6PM, bout starts at 7PM
  • Tickets:
    $8 general admission, $6 for students; children 11 and under get in free per one adult ticket holder
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June’s All-Star of the Month: Rae Action!

Name: Rae Action
Number: 80HG

What’s the story behind your name and number?
By day I am an Environmental Chemistry PhD student so my name is a play on the word “reaction”.. like, chemical reaction.. Get it? OK…  My number is the atomic number and symbol for mercury. It’s my favorite element (not the planet). It’s pretty but dangerous. Also, if you say eighty-H-G really fast it sounds like ADHD.

What positions do you play?
Blocker

What is your favorite thing about derby?
I have two favorite things: The people and the athletic challenge. The derby community is so supportive and wonderful. I love them dearly. The athletic challenge is what keeps me coming to every practice to push myself further than I ever thought I could go.

What first attracted you to the sport?
I desperately wanted to play a team sport but nothing ever peaked my interest until I heard about roller derby. It looked like so much fun and like something I would be interested in learning.
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DIG Magazine Says: Do Derby This Summer

Okay, so maybe DIG Magazine didn’t say it exactly the way we put it in the title of this entry, but! they did include your local Red Stick Roller Derby league on their list of 30 ways to enjoy summer in Baton Rouge titled Here Comes the Sun.

Here’s what they had to say about dear old RSRD:

Credit: Mike Buck

Catch a Red Stick Roller Derby match
There are ample opportunities to catch Baton Rouge’s all-female, full-contact, flat-track roller derby league, Red Stick Roller Derby, in action over the summer. There are three home matches – June 22, July 21 and August 10. The June 22 match will pit the local roller girls against the Spindletop Rollergirls of Beaumont at Leo’s Rollerland off Airline Highway. Tickets are $8 general admission, $6 with valid student ID. Kids 11 years of age and under get in free with general admission ticket holder.

redstickrollerderby.com

 

To check out the full list of 30, check it out here.

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June’s Capital Defender of the Month: MillerTime!

Name: MillerTime
Number: 929

What’s the story behind your name and number?
Well, my first team (Mississippi Brawl Stars) already called me Miller and we just added time onto it so they wouldn’t have to learn a new name. It was also a nickname from high-school.  My original number was 5pm but WFTDA doesn’t recognize lower case letters so I changed it due to how common 5 is.

What positions do you play?
I jam more than anything right now. I’m learning how to be a better pivot and I like to block but don’t get to do it as much anymore. When I first joined all I did was block.

What is your favorite thing about derby?
I love how aggressive it can be. I enjoy the challenge of weaving in and out of people.

What first attracted you to the sport?
I knew how challenging roller derby was before I joined, which I loved. I happened to be selling merchandise at an ice hockey game and saw some girls wearing roller derby team shirts. I asked what I needed to do to join and they said show up.
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