Welcome to a new, regular feature on the MRD blog: Meet Your League! In this series, we'll be profiling skaters, referees, and support staff to help you get a little more familiar with the incredible people who make this league tick.
Then come on out to the Barn (Hartmeyer Ice Arena, 1834 Commercial Ave. in Madison) on Saturday, June 14 to watch the Dairyland Dolls take on visiting Minnesota Rollergirls, with an opening bout between the sparkly Team Unicorn and the Minnesota Nice!
Shananaguns - #9MM - Dairyland Dolls (A Team)
Nickname: Guns, Gus, Juns, Young Guns Buns, Bunnies, Gunnies
Home Team: Reservoir Dolls
Positions Played: Blocker/Pivot
Years Participated: Drafted to MRD in the fall of 2009, member of the DDs since 2010
MRD League Job: Event Manager, DD Cowcil Member
How did you find derby? A friend was a huge fan and I decided to hit up a game! Then shortly after that, I was entertaining somebody who was waiting to have a job interview. While they were waiting I was asking them about themselves, and that person ended up being Dutch Oven (also of the Res Dolls)! She was the leader of the BabyDolls (tryout program) that summer, and it was starting in a week or so. So it was divine derby intervention, the timing was perfect.
Proudest interleague moment: Team-wise, my proudest moment in my head right now is beating Naptown this year. It just reminded me that we are strong, we are relevant, we can pull out upsets against teams that are "supposed" to beat us. Personally, my proudest derby moment is a tie between knocking down Racer-McChaseHer (Detroit), and pulling a cut on Jackie Daniels (Windy City Rollers).
Players that inspire you, MRD or otherwise: Shaina Serlson (formerly of the Denver Rollergirls, currently on the Rose City Rollers). 'Nuff said.
2014 interleague goals: Keep plugging away at higher ranked teams.
When I'm not participating in derby, you'll find me: At Monkey Bar Gym! Watching popular TV shows like GoT, True Blood, House of Cards, Homeland!
My karaoke song of choice is: "Tush" by ZZ Top
One thing that always cheers me up is: Tattoos, my cats, PBR, and a good workout.
The quote I tend to live by is: "Change without hardship is not progress."
The best derby advice I can give is: Be curious, try new things, be weird. Find something you want to be able to do and practice it over and over again until you get it. Ask somebody who knows if it looks right, etc. Be persistent and you'll get there. Don't be afraid to ask for help.
I have a bad habit of: Having too many feelings while I'm on the track.
My favorite post-bout food is: Beer.
The best thing about being a part of MRD is: People in our league work really hard, on skates and off skates, and it's really impressive! Also, MRD is known for being able to party!
Nefairyous - #45 - Team Unicorn
Home Team: Vaudeville Vixens
Positions Played: P/B/J triple threat
Years Participated: Drafted to MRD in the fall of 2009
MRD League Job: Co-chair of the Sponsorship committee and soon-to-be co-captain of the Vixens
How did you find derby? First heard about it on NPR and started going to bouts in Madison. Mustang of the Vixens was the monitor on my kid's school bus and I would end up talking to her on my volunteer days. Her passion rubbed off on me and I decided to go for it and try out.
Proudest interleage moment: Playing with Team Unicorn in Paris.
2014 interleague goals? Continue to develop my skills as a jammer and to be a solid member of the team bringing out the best in myself and my fellow Unicorns and DDs.
When I'm not participating in derby, you'll find me: Surrounded by small people and animals.
My karaoke song of choice is: "Sweet Dreams" by the Euthrythmics.
You'll never see me: Eating a banana.
The quote I tend to live by is: "Nothing without joy!"
When no one is around I tend to: Talk to myself.
The best derby advice I've ever gotten has been: Do not be afraid to look like a hot mess.
The best derby advice I can give is: Believe in yourself and the rest of the world will follow suit.
I have a bad habit of: Chewing my nails!
My biggest guilty pleasure is: Chocolate and trashy TV.
My favorite post-bout food is: Avocados.
The best thing about being part of MRD is: How strong it can make you, or rather force you to become. And you become part of something much larger than yourself.
Bjorn Takill - Referee with UDO 608
Nickname: Bjorn, Bjornsen, Bjergenflergen
Home Team: United Derby Officials 608
Positions: Non-cert, OPR, jam ref
Years participated: 2.5
How did you find derby? A mutual fiend introduced Glock Ness (of the Res Dolls) to derby. She introduced my roommate to derby. He introduced me to derby. I spectated for a season and then started volunteering with Support. Then I remembered that I can skate and decided I needed to be part of UDO. It's all been downhill from there!
Proudest interleague derby moment: Being part of the teeming mass of UDO that descended on St. Louis to spectacularly officiate three bouts. It was wondrous to see our crew make that work, and I'm extremely proud to have been part of the whole thing.
People that inspire you, MRD or otherwise: Whistler and Zdork have been my ref role models since the start. They do the job with humility, generosity, good humor, and an outrageous amount of skill. They put forward a hell of an example.
2014 interleague goals? Collect evals? Think about certification? Don't totally freak out?
When I'm not participating in derby, you'll find me: Cooking, reading, writing, gaming, whiskying.
My karaoke song of choice is: "Paint It Black" by the Rolling Stones.
One thing that always cheers me up is: Good coffee.
The quote I tend to live by is: "Life isn’t divided into genres. It’s a horrifying, romantic, tragic, comical, science-fiction cowboy detective novel. You know, with a bit of pornography if you're lucky." - Alan Moore
I have a bad habit of: Primping, preening, fussing.
My favorite post-bout food is: Beer.
The best thing about being a part of MRD is: The community seems to have an endless supply of enthusiasm, good will, compassion, and dedication. It's a big family of great people who make each other better.