The hard-hitting, sharp-skating women of NOtown Roller Derby start their home season this weekend, squaring off against the High Country Hellcats (Sonora) in two Saturday night bouts at the Fresno Fairgrounds.
This week, we’re helping you get to know some of the team through our Ladies of NOtown series. We already met Hurricane Huckaby and Spanky Sample. Next up is Buggie Smalls. Oh, and be sure to read all the way to the bottom if you like free stuff.
Real name: Geri Blum
# of years playing roller derby: Four
What is the meaning behind your derby name?
Friends have been calling me Buggie for years and I’m small so I went with a play on Biggie Smalls.
What is your signature move on the track? What should the fans be on the lookout for?
When I jam I like to go through blockers legs! They never expect it.
What injuries have you sustained playing roller derby?
The only injuries I’ve sustained are bruises. I’ve rolled my ankle once but no broken bones … knock on wood.
Aside from skating, what is your involvement in NOtown Roller Derby?
I sit on the board of directors as vice president
NOtown has recently been accepted into WFTDA as an apprentice league. What changes do you see happening in NOtown?
Being accepted into the WFTDA Apprentice Program, I see NOtown becoming even more serious of a competitor.
Other than playing roller derby, what can you be found doing in Fresno?
Outside of derby I do a lot of Bikram or hot yoga at BlueMoon. It’s a great way to cross train and has done wonders with my body. The hot yoga has assisted me with my endurance and stamina.
What is your favorite part about playing roller derby in Fresno?
I love the girls who make up NOtown. I’ve played for other leagues in other states and haven’t had as great of an experience as I have with NOtown! We’re like one big family! NOtown is comprised of a great group of girls and we have the best fans!
What is your advice to someone interested in joining NOtown?
I say come check us out, watch practice, watch a bout, and try out! I promise you’ll love it! And if skating isn’t your thing, we are always looking for staff and volunteers.
Everything you need to know about Saturday night’s bout is below. Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com.
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