Referee & NSO Appreciation Night

Featuring the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls and Chicago Outfit Roller Derby

None of this is possible without our Referees and NSOs Saturday, March 28th at 6 p.m.

The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will play in a double header against Chicago Outfit Roller Derby at Rivertown Sports in Grandville, MI.

This will be the third time that these two teams have crossed paths in the past year. The games between Grand Raggidy and the Chicago Outfit have a history of being extremely intense and in their past two meetings, each team has taken home a win by a narrow margin. Coming into the game Grand Raggidy is ranked 61st and the Chicago Outfit is ranked 47th.

This month Grand Raggidy would like to take the time to show our appreciation and say thank you to our amazing referees and NSOs. Without their dedication to the sport and commitment to excellence, we would not be able to participate in the sport that we love. Entertainment for this event will be provided by Grand Rapids’s own, The Lazy Hands.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first game starts at 6 pm.

Make sure that you are on time because you won’t want miss a minute of the hard hitting action.

Double Header, January 31, 2015

On Saturday, January 31st, the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will face off against the Killamazoo Derby Darlins in a double header at Rivertown Sports in Grandville, Michigan.

Killamazoo comes into the match ranked 59th and Grand Raggidy is ranked right behind them at 61st.This will be the third meeting between these two teams in the past year, with each team claiming a victory. Both Grand Raggidy and Killamazoo are looking to break this tie and kick off the 2015 season with a win. Prior to the main event, the Grand Raggidy Attack will also play the Killa Crew. The last time these two teams met, Killa Crew took home the “W.”

In addition to the hot derby action, there will be a limited addition Elvis themed t-shirt available for purchase and The Bomb Squad will be taking free fan photos. And no birthday bash would be complete without a tailgate prior to the game. Food for the tailgate will be supplied by The BBQ Pit and Schmohz Brewery will be providing a fire ring to keep everyone toasty. There will also be a fundraising teddy bear toss to help provide tennis shoes for kids in need and the Truck Stop Cobras will play at half time.

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. There are discounts for kids, students, and seniors.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the action starts at 6 p.m. So don’t be late. You won’t want miss a minute of the action.

Beer Brawl 2014

On Saturday, December 6th at 6 PM, Beer City’s own Grand Raggidy Roller Girls take on the Killamazoo Killa Crew and the Battle Creek Cereal Killers in a double header at Rivertown Sports in Grandville. The first game will mark the debut of some of Grand Raggidy’s newest skaters against the Killa Crew C-team. In the second game, a mixed team of Grand Raggidy Attack and All Stars will play the Cereal Killers. Grand Raggidy has taken home the victory in this event for the past two years and hopes to continue this winning streak.

Grand Raggidy will be sponsored by Schmohz Brewing Company and New Holland Brewing CompanyThe Battle Creek Cereal Killers will be sponsored by Arcadia Brewing.  In addition to the exciting derby action, this event will feature some of the best craft beer that Michigan has to offer. There will also be posters and the opportunity to score some free swag. The combination of impressive skaters and delicious local beer makes this event one that you won’t want to miss.     

Tickets to the event are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and you can get them here.  Discounts for kids, students & seniors are available. In addition to purchasing tickets online, VIP tickets will be available at New Holland Brewing Company, Schmohz Brewing Company, Harmony Brewing Company and Gravel Bottom Brewery.  Anyone who purchases their tickets from one of the participating breweries will be eligible to win tickets to the Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  

This double header starts at 6 PM but the doors open at 5 PM.  Hope to see you there!

WHO: Grand Raggidy Roller Girls
WHAT: A beer themed roller derby brawl.
WHEN: Saturday, December 6th at 6 PM
WHERE: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI

 

Double Header, November 15

Are you a vet? Do you know a vet? November 11th, is Veteran’s Day. In recognition of this dayThe Grand Raggidy Roller Girls are honoring our service men and women at our next game Saturday, November 15th. Teams will be competing in a double header against the Lansing Derby Vixens. Veterans and service personnel tickets will be discounted! 

We last saw Grand Raggidy tussle with the Vixens in May, 2013. The GRRG All Stars sent the Vixens back to Lansing with their fox tails between their legs. The evening’s smack down ended with GRRG’s 85 point lead!

With a WFTDA ranking of #54 for GRRG and the Vixens at #117 our All Stars currently sit in favor of a win. Back in June, the Vixens traveled to Latonia, Kentucky to defend their rankings against the Black-n-Bluegrass Rollergirls. The Vixens skated the night away with a final win of 273 to 122.

Will rankings again rule the track on bout night? Don’t miss this opportunity to see two great teams hash it out on Saturday, November 15th. See you in Grandville!

Doors open at 5pm action starts at 6pm sharp! Tickets are $15 at the door. Advance discount tickets can be purchased for only $12 ($10 for seniors & students, $8 for kids) at Bartertown Diner or from your favorite derby girl! As always, the Bomb Squad will have some great entertainment lined up for our dear fans! So gather up your crew and come join ours for the night. We are all Grand Raggidy family!

  • Date: Saturday, November 15, 2014
  • Time: 5:00 PM–10:00 PM  
  • Location: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI
  • http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/468998

Double Header, October 18

Calling all ghouls, walking dead, and creatures of the night to Rivertown Sports on Saturday, October 18 for the Night of the Living Derby! Cheer (or give your best zombie moan) for your hometown Grand Raggidy Roller Girls as the Attack takes on the Killa Crew then as the All Stars take on Killamazoo Derby Darlins.

Hailing from Kalamazoo, Michigan, the Derby Darlins hope to maintain their momentum after taking 3rd at the Divisional 2 tournament in Kitchener, Ontario. A longtime rival of Grand Raggidy, Killamazoo secured a 250 – 208 win over the All Stars when last they met in February. Grand Raggidy, though is sure to fight hard for the win to reclaim their bragging rights! One thing’s certain, these sister leagues are sure to give you a night of great derby!

Don’t forget to crack open the Halloween makeup a couple weeks early and don your best zombie attire! No doubt the Bomb Squad will have some frightening fun for all! At halftime be sure to catch the Truckstop Cobras as they rock out for our half time entertainment!

With all this excitement, Night of the Living Derby will be to die for! So track down your local derby girl or visit Bartertown Diner or go to Brown Paper Tickets at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/794324 to get your tickets today. As always, tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. We also offer discounts for kids, students and seniors! The doors open at 5pm and the action starts at 6pm. Hope to see you there!

 

Double Header, September 20

Get out your calendars you crazy cats! The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls are letting the dogs out with their season opener on Saturday September 20th, 2014 at Rivertown Sports. It would be a CAT-astrophe if you missed this! Doors open at 5:00 and action starts at 6:00 on the nose. Your opening game will be Attack! vs Brighton Roller Dollz. Attack! is ready to get back on their home track and make a statement this season. It’s about to get furreal!

After Attack! throws down against the Dollz in pawsome fashion the All Stars versus Windy City Rollers Second Wind will be your mane feature. Be ready to raise the ruff! The All Stars are going to be flying high after their trip to D2 and will be ready to whoop some tail.

Doggone it, that’s not all! Grand Raggidy will be supporting our furry friends through the West Michigan Human Society. There is a lot in store and happening on bout day, the Humane Society of West Michigan will be there with information on adoptions, volunteering, fostering and other great programs they offer. We also will be collectingdonations of supplies and cash at the Bomb Squad booth. Oh and by the way, did we mention that they will have some of our four legged friends there ready for belly rubs and ear scratches?! The Bissell Pet Foundation will be attending and will have some products on hand and information telling you all about the great things their foundation does such as assisting shelters and animals in need. There will be a beanie toss for prizes at the Bomb Squad booth. Proceeds from the toss will go to the Humane Society of West Michigan.

Wear your whiskers and ears and come on out to support the tail-ented women of Grand Raggidy and our furry friends of West Michigan. Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, from your favorite Grand Raggidy personality or Bartertown Diner so get your tickets meow!

Brew HaHa Recap 2014

The Grand Raggidy Roller Girl All Stars’ chance to secure a spot in the Division II playoffs was on the line during their most recent trip to Milwaukee. The All Stars participated in the 5thannual Midwest Brew Ha Ha event last weekend in Milwaukee along with more than twenty-five teams from around the United States and Canada. Currently ranked 60th in world, the All Stars are hanging on to the final playoff spot and went into this event knowing they must win their games against Fargo, North Dakota and the higher ranked North East Ohio (NEO) team for a chance to move on to division playoffs.

In their first game of the weekend they faced off against the 73rdWFTDA ranked Fargo Moorhead Derby Girls. The first half of the game included multiple lead changes and ended with tie score. After halftime the close game continued until only ten minutes were remaining in the game. That is when the All Stars took advantage of two jammer penalties assessed to Fargo Moorhead and ran away with the lead. The All Stars were victorious with 185-113 win.

The All Stars closed out the weekend with their final matchup against NEO who are ranked 57th in the world. With both teams fielding short rosters and lot of heart, it was evident that they were ready to fight for the win. The All Stars came into this game strong and dominated the higher ranked team with a final score of 205-138.

Coming home with two big wins will better the All Stars odds of nabbing a spot in the Division II playoffs, however final rankings for the playoffs do not come out until the beginning of July! Keep your fingers crossed that the girls efforts this past weekend pay off with an invitation to the Division II WFTDA tournament!

You can catch the All Stars next game on August 2nd in Ann Arbor against the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. In the meantime, keep a look out for your favorite Grand Raggidy Roller Girlsaround town during local events and festivals.

Attack Travels to Traverse City

On June 21st, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. our Grand Raggidy Attack! will be taking the trip to the great north to compete against the Traverse City Toxic Cherries at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. If you’re looking for a fun adventure, here is a fantastic opportunity for a for a day or weekend road trip. Not only is the scenery great, but there will be some exciting competition between these two teams that evening. The last meet up between these teams was in 2013 and a lot has changed since then. Attack! is on the cusp of something very exciting so be prepared for these players to bring their A- game and put the hurt on the Toxic Cherries. Tickets are $10 presale or $15 at the door.

2014 Midwest Brew HaHa Schedule

Mark Your Calendars!
The Brewcity Bruisers will be hosting the fifth annual Midwest BrewHaHa scheduled to take place in Milwaukee on May 30 thru June 1st at the US Cellular Arena. This tournament will entail two tracks and over 25 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada. The bouts will be a mix of WFTDA regulation, WFTDA sanctioned and MRDA bouts.

Game 1 – 1:45pm – 3:30pm (Track 1)
Grand Raggidy All-Stars vs Fargo Moorhead Northern Pains (WFTDA Sanctioned)
Game 2 – 2:30pm – 4:15pm (Track 2)
Cincinnati Battering Rams vs Twin Cities Terrors (MRDA Sanctioned)
Game 3 – 3:30pm – 5:15pm (Track 1)
Milwaukee Blitzdkrieg vs Chicago Bruise Brothers (MRDA Sanctioned)
Game 4 – 4:15pm – 6pm (Track 2)
Arch Rival St. Lunachix vs. Minnesota RollerGirls Minnesota Nice
Game 5 – 5:15pm – 6:45 (Track 1)
Brewcity Battlestars vs Ohio Roller Girls Gang Green
Game 6 – 6pm – 7:45pm (Track 2)
Mad Rollin Dolls Dairyland Dolls B-Team vs Windy City Second Wind
Game 7 – 7pm – 8:45pm (Track 1)
Brewcity Bruisers All Stars vs NEO Rock’n’Roller Girls (WFTDA Sanctioned)
Game 8 – 7:45pm – 9:30pm (Track 2)
Old Capitol City All-Stars v Paper Valley Roller Girls All-Stars (WFTDA Sanctioned)
Game 9 – 8:45pm – 10:30pm (Track 1)
Minnesota RollerGirls Allstars vs Arch Rival Roller Girls All-Stars (WFTDA Sanctioned)

More info here: http://www.brewcitybruisers.com/midwest-brewhaha/

Double Header, May 17

Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17th and march on out to watch Grand Raggidy’s last double header of the season. Our last showdown this spring pairs Grand Raggidy up against one of Michigan’s newest WFTDA leagues, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes. Organized in 2011, the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes have put themselves on the derby map in Michigan. They recently became full members of the WFTDA in December 2013 and are working their way up the rankings with every game they play.

The first game of the evening will match the Attack up against the Arbor Bruising Company. The match is sure to be a tough one for the Attack. One thing’s for sure, the hits will be hard and the wheels rolling fast! Next up, the All Stars will face up against the Ann Arbor Brawlstars! Both teams have been hard at work, playing tough games and making every point count towards improving their rankings for a top spot in playoffs. This is a game you will not want to miss!

While you’re at the game, be sure to visit the merch booth and try out our new food vendor, Bud’s Burgers, and let us know what you think. As always, doors open at 5pm and the action starts at 6pm sharp! Contact your local derby girl for $12 discounted tickets or stop by Bartertown Diner! Tickets at the door are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for children. Kids under 5 are free! Group rates are available upon request.

As always, the Bomb Squad will have some great entertainment lined up for our dear fans. The Bomb Squad will be seen parading about all night with this month’s theme, Mardi Gras Mayhem. There will be free beads and party favors aplenty for our fans, not to mention multiple raffles for loads of great prizes throughout the night. Get ready for $1.00 Glam Shots in the Bomb Squad Photo Booth and games galore at halftime too!

So come on out and join us for the last bout before the summer derby drought. We can’t wait to see you!

State Wars 2014

State Wars. Doesn’t that just sound cool? Who wouldn’t want to try out to be on Team Michigan? Eight skaters from The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls thought this was a great idea and in early March 2014, they went to the state tryouts to show what they were made of. That’s right! We said Eight Grand Raggidy Skaters. Could they be part of the twenty that make up the roster for the State of Michigan? We sure hope so! Not only was the experience awesome, but just imagining being able to play at such a high skill level with a good deal of talented skaters from around the state was quite the thrill.

According their Facebook page, “The State Wars Roller Derby tournament is focused to provide a competitive, national roller derby tournament for the best skaters in each state. The mission is to give selected participants the pride and honor of representing their current state to compete against each other for the ‘National/State Championship’”

There were skaters from all over the Lower Peninsula, vying for the open spots. The day began with endurance, demonstrating your stopping, and blocking drills. The most exciting part of the day was wrapped up in the scrimmage portion of the day. Our skaters were able to block and jam on the same teams and even did well with skaters that are usually their #1 enemy on the track. Rivalries aside, our skaters gave it everything they had. Any time you have an opportunity to potentially skate with some of the best your state has to offer, you better take it. Team Michigan for the win!

Double Header, March 22

The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls are roaring into spring with a double header against the Chicago Outfit on March 22, 2014. Starting off their 3rd home game of the year, the Grand Raggidy Roller Girl’s Attack will be taking on the Chicago Outfit’s Shade Brigade. Eager to add a win to their tally after last month’s game against South Bend, the Attack will be starting this evening’s excitement out with plenty of derby action.

The headline game matches up the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls All Star team against the Chicago Outfit’s Syndicate. Both teams are currently ranked in WFTDA’s Division 2, but the All Stars are looking to advance in the rankings as they take a swing at the higher ranked Syndicate. This game will be bursting with advanced strategy and arresting energy from both teams and you’ll find it hard to stay in your seat as they battle it out for national rankings.

The doors at Rivertown open at 5:00 PM, and you won’t want to miss a thing on the track, so be sure to come early for a good seat. Tickets are $12 in advance from your favorite derby girl, brownpapertickets.com, or at Bartertown Diner , Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15.

The Bomb Squad has the eye of the tiger and they are ready to let it roar! This month they are helping raise funds for Carol’s Ferals. Make a donation of dry or canned cat food and be entered to win a prize courtesy of those wild Bomb Squaders! The halftime entertainment will be provided by Acme Black Tigers.

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Double Header, January 18

Grand Raggidy Roller Girls to defend their Division 2 Rankings in their first game of 2014

The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls All Stars and Attack take on the Fort Wayne Derby Girls on January 18, 2014. Doors open at 5:00PM and action starts at 6:00PM with the Attack taking on the visiting Fort Wayne SWAT team. The double header action continues when the Fort Wayne Bomb Squad looks to move up with a win over your home town Grand Raggidy Roller Girls in the second game of the evening.. Since 2008 these teams have faced each other nine times in head to head action. Currently Fort Wayne Derby Girls are Division 3 and ranked 105th out of 166 teams, while you home town girls are Division 2 and ranked 56th overall. In their six year history of playing each other Grand Raggidy has come home victorious in all but one game back in 2011. HUGE jaw breaking hits are guaranteed as this is a must win for both teams in order to move up in rankings. Grand Raggidy recently dropped down to Division 2 after competing in the Division 1 play offs in 2013 and are looking to return to Division 1 with some key wins throughout the year. On the upcoming game Ringo Deathstarr, key blocker for the All Stars had this to say – “the All Stars lost a few of our veteran players this season, but I’m feeling very confident that we will come out victorious over Fort Wayne.”

Adding to the excitement of the game the Grand Raggidy’s own Brixton Bomb is encouraging fans to wear their over-the-top sweater (not necessarily holiday related) and show off their extraordinary facial hair for a chance to win swag bag prizes for the most outrageous. So grow it out, dress it up and come join the fun!

Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, at Bartertown Diner or from your favorite roller girl!

Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
Time: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Rivertown Sports, 2605 Sanford Ave SW, Grandville, MI

Beer Brawl, December 14

Saturday December 14th will mark the date for the Sixth Annual Beer Brawl showcasing the finest skaters and beers that Grand Raggidy has to offer. With a selection of hand crafted brews, fine tuned derby skating machines and the chance to win prizes galore, you really can’t afford to miss this!

This is the second time that the East goes up against the West in this beer sponsored roller derby battle. Both games in this double header event will feature teams comprised of skaters from The Ann Arbor Derby Dimes represented by Arbor Brewing Company vs Grand Raggidy sponsored by Schmohz Brewing Company & New Holland Brewing Company. Grand Raggidy’s West Michigan Brew team was able to dominate the track last year. Can they do it again?

Besides great beer and exciting derby action, this night will be full of chances to win awesome swag and T-shirts. You may be wondering how that is different from all the other Grand Raggidy games, right? The appeal of this offer is directed to our fans that are also craft beer lovers. All three of the featured breweries will be selling tickets to this epic event. What does that mean? Well, if you buy tickets at the breweries they are considered VIP and will give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the very popular and often sold out Michigan Winter Beer Festival! Cheers and good luck.

Double Header, February 15

On February 15th, The Grand Raggidy All Stars and Attack teams will be taking on the South Bend Roller Girls; The Studebakers and The Bonnie Dooms. The last time these teams matched up was November 17, 2012. At that time, South Bend was still a WFTDA apprentice league. Grand Raggidy gave South Bend a difficult game with a final score of 446-15;  Grand Raggidy. Now a little over a year later, South Bend has been accepted as a full member of WFTDA. They have had time to learn and grow as a team with every bout played since then.  Both Grand Raggidy teams are ready for another round of tough games, as South Bend will have been preparing for this second match up.  South Bend will want to be able to prove themselves with a win and even the score.

Once again this February, The Grand Raggidy Roller Girls will be partnering with the Susan G. Komen West Michigan Affiliate to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer treatment and research.  “We are thrilled and thankful to be working with the Grand Raggidy Roller Derby Girls again this year. The continuous support of this team is amazing,” said Jennifer Jurgens, Executive Director of Susan G. Komen West Michigan. “This event is not only a way to raise breast cancer awareness and funds for our community but also to have fun, too.”

The Bomb Squad is busy crafting custom items, including a handmade quilt, which will be going home with one lucky fan.  Along with the perfectly pink prizes, fans are encouraged to wear pink to show your support for all those who are fighting the fight against breast cancer.  Halftime entertainment will be provided by some fabulous members of  Girls Rock! Grand Rapids, a not-for-profit group of women dedicated to empowering girls through music.

Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com, at Bartertown Diner or from your favorite roller girl!