Friday, January 23, 2015

The Hit List: Skater Spotlight for 1/23/2015: Oxenfree #48

Photo by John Bentham
What is your derby name? Oxenfree
What is the story behind your name? There are no ollies in roller derby.
What number do you wear? 48
Why did you choose it? no comment
What is your role in the league? Obstacle on wheels. Occasional NSO.
What is your preferred position on the track? upright and skating
What’s your pre-derby athletic background? Skateboarding. I think moshing counts too.
What would you say are your greatest strengths as a skater? I have OK balance.
What is your proudest accomplishment in roller derby and why? Any time I can explain something to someone and they get it, or it helps them in some way.
Which one of your teammates do you look up to most, and why? Probably Graham. He's one of those people who can do anything and everything and he seems to keep a cool head. Maybe it's all of the sweating he does. He's also a really good jammer and can step in when needed *winkwink*.
What is your best memory of the 2014 MRDA season? Probably playing against the Twin City Terrors. Their logo is awesome and it's really the only reason we lost. We played a great game, their logo was just way better. Any new team considering a skull logo should look at theirs first, then give up.
What is your motivational quote? I dunno. Any image macro that has a broad generalization about life and a cool picture is fine with me. Maybe a kitten, or a rowing team at sunset or something. As long as I don't have to do much interpretation or any thinking at all really. That gets me pretty motivated.
How did you get involved with roller derby? I went to a practice, then I kept going to more practices. So far nobody has said I can't practice with them so I try and keep my mouth shut and my fingers crossed.
Finally, is there anything I didn’t ask you about that you want to talk about? I want to apologize to Vermont Men's Roller Derby for scoring a bunch of points on them after not getting called on a track cut. I'm pretty sure Pope forced a cut on me in the first 15 seconds of a jam and nobody called it. I figure refs know more than I do so I went with it, but I still feel bad about it. I think I only jammed once or twice that game. Hispanic Attack took pictures so I look like a hero, but each shot of me jamming is a beautifully captured lie that I have to live with for the rest of my life. (Can you insert the TCT's logo in here somewhere? Seriously that thing is cool.)

Photo by Walter Romero / Hispanic Attack

Comments from teammates:

Fowler #28 - The first time Oxenfree had ever jammed in a bout for the Quadfathers was in Montreal against the Mont Royals. Oxen was not rostered to jam that day but due to an injury to a teammate he stepped up and jammed every other jam for the rest of that bout.. He never quit or gave up. He fought to the end and has been a great team player from that day on. He earn a great deal of respect from his teammates and anybody else who was paying attention that day....

Look out for weekly installments of the Hit List as you meet the 2015 Quadfathers roster!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The teams for Mohawk Valley Cup IV!!

The Quadfathers would like to thank all the teams that applied for this years Cup. We had a record number of teams express their interest in attending. Pairing that list down was extremely difficult.

The New York Shock Exchange (New York, NY) received an automatic invite as the defending MVC Champions.

Returning to the Cup after a 6th place finish last year will be Jersey Boys Roller Derby (Springfield, NJ). The Jersey Boys made their MRDA debut last year at MVC.

The Race City Rebels (Indianapolis, IN) competed in the inaugural MVC. They placed 3rd and will be looking to improve on that this year.

You may have already seen in earlier announcements that MVC will be an international event this year with Tyne & Fear Roller Derby (Walker, Newcastle, England) and the Glenmore Resevoir Dogs (Calgary, Alberta) joining the tournament field. Both will be newcomers to the event.

The other first time participants are the Cincinnati Battering Rams (Cincinnati, OH) and the Philadelphia Hooligans (Philly, PA).

Rounding out the tournament field will be the host league The Quadfathers. The Quadfathers placed 4th last year and will be looking to move up.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

2015 Quadfathers Leadership

We are pleased to announce The Quadfathers' 2015 Leadership

Board of Directors:
President: Joe Stever
Vice-President: Anthony Puleo
Secretary: Jim Ruffo
Treasurer: Graham Espe
Captain: Brandon Scherz
Sergeant At Arms: Tommy Talbot

Head Coach: Katie Bailey aka Smitten Kitten
Head Ref: Maryellen Sheehan aka Organic Panic
Head NSO: Deanna Victoria aka Fatal Exception

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Officials Application for MVC IV is LIVE!

Follow this link for the officials' application for MVC IV, Aug 8-9 2015 in Rome NY:

Monday, December 8, 2014

Another international addition for MVC IV!

Following up on the announcement earlier this week that Tyne & Fear Roller Derby would be coming to the Mohawk Valley Cup IV all the way from the UK to make it an international tournament, The Quadfathers are pleased to announce the additional early acceptance of Chinook City Roller Derby League's Glenmore Reservoir Dogs coming all the way from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

MVC IV is shaping up to be pretty exciting with at least three countries represented in MRDA sanctioned play. We will be announcing 4 more teams in early January that will be joining the tournament field.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Mohawk Valley Cup IV: Another international affair!

Happy Holidays everyone.
We are excited to announce that the 4th annual Mohawk Valley Cup
will be held August 8-9 2015 at the same venue (JFK Arena, 500 W Embargo St, Rome NY 13440). You can get updates and let us know you are coming on the Facebook event page here.
Another exciting piece of news to share: While you can expect to see the full team lineups announced in early 2015, we made the decision to offer early acceptance to the men of Tyne and Fear Roller Derby from Walker, Newcastle, England so that they may raise funds and plan games with plenty of time. Tyne & Fear will join the defending MVC champions, the New York Shock Exchange, tournament hosts, the Quadfathers, and five yet to be announced teams for the 2015 tournament.
Look out soon for another potential (and very exciting) early acceptance for another international league, and we will update as soon as we have the remaining slots confirmed.
Can't wait to see you all in August!