With the Home Team Championships around the corner on May 11th, which promises to be a highly competitive bout between two teams that haven’t competed for the trophy since 2010, we wanted to sit down with Shorty Ounce of Grave Danger to get her thoughts leading up to the big game. Here’s what she had to say:
What does winning the champs mean for your team?
Championships is everything to Danger. We work hard all year for this one game. Our focus and determination as a team means achieving our ultimate goal, remaining as 2013 Champions and we will fight till the end to remain there.
What is different about the team this year than last year?
Our team changes every year, people retire new players are added but I think what the biggest difference from this year from last is that we have this unwavering trust from teammate to teammate. We know exactly what each other is going to do and trust one and other like family. This team would do anything for any team member and it has never been stronger.
What has been your favorite jam moment from this season?
I don’t think I have one specific jam but I really enjoyed the game Danger just played against the Jet City All Stars in April. Getsome and I were in Australia huddled around a friends IPad screaming our hearts out while the game was streaming on justin tv! We were so proud of the team for coming so close to beating a team ranked 35th nationally in the nation. It makes us so proud to be on a team that pushes it’s self to the limit and plays to their fullest potential.
What would fans be surprised to learn about the team?
We are REALLY big goof balls off the track. Sometimes get viewed as the super intense team, and yes, we are super focused when we are on the track but off the track is a whole other story. I have never laughed harder with any other group of ladies.
Does your team have any quirky rituals that you would like to share?
We sing the national anthem in the bathroom before every game. It’s a lot of our performance cues to focus and get into the mental mindset for the upcoming game.
Who on your team has performed beyond expectations and how?
I think the entire team has stepped it up another notch this season however the following players have gone above and beyond and refined their skills this season.
DeeCap Attack has stepped up into a primary jammer position. She never gives up and has also been know to block a few jams or two becoming one of Dangers strongest utility players.
Meggs transferred from Hawaii and it’s like she grew up with this team; she has provided another primary jammer position for Danger and always has a smile on her face.
Loco- Don’t be put of by her sweet demeanor, she is a beast of a blocker out on the track. Loco continues to learn and grow into an outstanding blocker.
Kutta also transferred from a local team in Bellingham and has become an invaluable utility player for Danger. She not only collects the points as a jammer but has a mean hit holding opposing blockers for laps at a time when she blocks on the track.
Trouble, holy plow stops! Trouble has precise timing and can stop a jammer in their tracks. Trouble has always provided an amazing attitude and smile on and off the track.
What will you do when you win the home team trophy?
Oh you mean Big T? Well, Big T and Danger have grown fond of each other, we take him hiking, boating and some of us even snuggle with him. Big T makes the rounds through each team members house so we all get to see the rewards of hard work and our accomplishment.
Aside from a honey badger, if your team had a spirit animal what would it be?
I would have to say our team spirit animal would have to a bunch of ants. I know not what you expected but these little creatures are hard worker and conscientious in every detail of its work. They live in huge communities where most tasks are delegated to individuals who form work groups to carry out various activities of hunting(blocking), gathering(jamming), and protection(defense). The ant accepts its position within its community without question and is totally dedicated and loyal throughout its lifetime to the entire community. This is the similar to the structure of the team. Ants also carry 10 times their body weight and are extremely detailed with every task carried out.
Don’t wait until the last minute! Get your tickets to champs HERE!
Also, see Shorty and Grave Danger this weekend at Bellevue Skate King vs the Rodeo City Rollergirls from Ellensburg!
Check out the Facebook Event for tickets HERE!