Position: Skater

Jerzey Hurtz

Derby NAme

Jerzey Hurtz

Nickname

Jerzey

Significance of Name or Number?

Name is because I am from New Jersey and my number is a tribute to my dad and the Mertz family. When we get our DL we join the M2777 club.

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

2019

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

The family you gain. I have never met a more supportive group of people

Short Bio

My name is Katrina Mertz I am from Ocean City, New Jersey. I grew up with sand between toes and the smell of the ocean. I am my grandmother full time care taker and a supervisor at my other job. I have three dogs and love them a lot.

Favorite Food?

Mac and cheese

Favorite Song

Firework

Likes

Animals, ocean, swimming , friends, family and derby

Dislikes

Judgmental people, and doctors

Final Thoughts

Derby has changed my life. It has given me a purpose and has positively impacted my life. Within my first year I lost 68 pounds. I have gained confidence and so many friends.

Belle of the Brawl

Derby NAme

Belle of the Brawl

Nickname

Belle

Significance of Name or Number?

I wear the number 18 in remembrance of my brother.

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

2019

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

The community… and also being able to wreck people and get applauded for it.

Short Bio

I’m just a tall girl from Nebraska trying to make my way in this Southern world. I am currently working towards my Masters in Public Administration at UA. After that I hope to work abroad in some capacity. I may have RBF, but underneath that I’m really just a nerdy mushy mess who still rides on the backs of shopping carts.

Favorite Food?

Everything is welcome in my belly

Favorite Song

Currently, Lost in the Woods by Christoph, Frozen 2

Likes

Animals. Traveling. Eating. Sleeping. Hot showers. Cooking. Wine. Spending money I don’t have on Amazon.

Dislikes

Animal cruelty. Financial instability. Global warming. Mean people. Cold showers. Math. Canned tuna. Spending money I don’t have on Amazon.

Final Thoughts

Derby has been the best thing I have found in Tuscaloosa by far. I am so glad that I found this group of women, and men. Something had been missing from my life for quite some time, derby has filled that space.

Assault E. Señorita

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Assault E. Señorita

Nickname

Salty

Significance of Name or Number?

Salty tendencies.

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

July 2009

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

The skills and benefits of being part of a roller derby league.
Roller derby teaches people how to work together, how to help one another, how to be strategic, how to be healthier, how to be strong (in many ways), how to have fun. Roller derby is known for building confidence – notably in women. The camaraderie established by women within roller derby communities is the strongest I’ve ever witnessed.

Short Bio

I am a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama – growing up in a more rural area on the outskirts. My husband and I have a 17-year-old son in his senior year of high school and a 26-year-old son recently returning from China and residing in Louisville, Kentucky. We have three dogs, two cats, and both work at The University of Alabama.

I have an associates degree in graphic design and prepress communication, a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Culture and I am currently a part of the Masters program in Interactive Technology at UA.

I work as a Project Administrator in the College of Continuing Studies. I manage projects spanning the entire college including at the Bryant Conference Center and Bryant Museum.

I am a founder and coach for Tuscaloosa’s one-and-only roller derby team, the Druid City Dames. I have been a part of the Board of Directors, sitting as the VP for the non-profit Druid City Derby, for over 3 years. I enjoy the company of these strong women and athletes.

While I lack a lot of spare time, I do enjoy cooking, singing, and relaxing with family and friends or simply on the couch with my favorite partner.

Favorite Food?

Most anything spicy

Favorite Song

Under Pressure

Likes

Music, soda water, back rubs, donkeys, art and the little things…

Dislikes

Dishonesty, bad smells, weekday mornings, lost cell phone coverage, the usual…

Final Thoughts

DCD is growing! And that is so cool! The league has an awesome opportunity to do great things in Tuscaloosa!

D-Maineac

Derby NAme

D-Maineac

Nickname

D

Significance of Name or Number?

I’ve always been 13 in all my sports growing up. If that was taken I always went with 23

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

3 years ago, my now great friend and derby wife, Dutchass of Painbridge, recruited me to come to the Valentines Recruitment.

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

My love for COMPETITIVE sports as I became an adult became more limited, and the rec leagues for co-ed softball and such just were not cutting it. It was to slow paced for me and I had a hard time having to just “have fun” and not get to competitive :P. Derby is competitive, full contact, and focuses on strength, agility, and cardio. I LOVE that and having people from all different backgrounds come together as a unit is a beautiful thing.

Short Bio

I grew up and spent my first 21 years in Maine and moved to Tuscaloosa in 2012 to be with my high school sweetheart. I’ve always been crazy competitive and in many sports growing up, which helped with the development of my derby name. Maniac came to mind, but due to living in “Maine” all my life up till then, I wanted to touch back on my roots and spell Maniac with “Maine” and my nickname D= D-Maineac, the crazy Mainer that now has rooted herself in the south!

Favorite Food?

My husbands homemade alfredo and homemade choc chip cookies!

Favorite Song

Always changing- but love anything with a good beat as I love to dance.

Likes

Family, loyalty, Derby, cooking/baking, crafts, the outdoors, campfires, and sweets.

Dislikes


MOTHS and most every bug!

Final Thoughts

Find yourself a derby team and if there is not one locally, just find something that brings you a loving community or something you love!

Dutchass of Painbridge

Derby NAme

DutchAss of Painbridge

Nickname

Princess

Significance of Name or Number?

Birthdate

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

2015

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

My teammates

Short Bio

I am a researcher by day working to develop a pain intensity measure for individuals with limited ability to communicate. I am also a full time PhD student, pursing a degree in Public Health. In my free time I enjoy traveling, food, adventure, animals, and wedding planning. I’ve been playing with the Dames since the team began in 2015, I love the sport of roller derby and all of the amazing women I’ve met along the way.

Favorite Food?

Red Wine (preferably Australian country of origin)

Favorite Song

Sittin On The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding

Likes

Travel

Dislikes

Inconsistency

Final Thoughts

Do things that make you uncomfortable.

Anthrax Angel

Derby NAme

Anthrax Angel

Nickname

Anthrax

Significance of Name or Number?

 

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

2008

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

I find there are so many positives to being apart of roller derby. Some of the big reasons are that is a fun way to get in better health, you get to discover how bad ass you truly are, and you get to be a part of a family like no other. I also get to show my daughter what it means to be determined and that there is no reason to ever give up.

Short Bio

Outside of the track I am a Veterinary Technician. I am also a mother of 2 awesome kids, who are big lovers of derby and skating as well. I have been married for 5 yrs to a wonderful guy who also has a love for skating and derby, so much so he is one of our refs. Some of my down time activities include binge watching my favorite shows, anything I can do outside(kayaking, swimming, hiking,etc), reading, hanging with my family and pets. Speaking of pets, we have a wide variety which includes snakes, a bearded dragon, 4 dogs, a ferret, and a gerbil.

 

Favorite Food?

A medium rare steak

Favorite Song

TNT-ACDC (it pumps me up)

Likes

Roller Derby(obvisiously), Animals, a beautiful day, black jelly beans,

Dislikes

Tomatoes, Spaghetti, animal abuse,

Final Thoughts

 

Scarla O’ Teara

Derby NAme

Scarla O’Teara

Nickname

Scarla

Significance of Name or Number?

 

When Did you start playing Roller Derby?

2007

What do you like the most about Roller Derby?

The hits!

Short Bio

 

Favorite Food?

After a bout…a burger

Favorite Song

Heads Will Roll

Likes

Roller skates, rivers, beer

Dislikes

Incompetence! Mean people

Final Thoughts