The 2018 Fountain City Championships

The last time the Deadly Sirens competed for the Fountain City Roller Derby championship, the league wasn’t even called Fountain City. It was called Dead Girl Derby. But this Saturday night at B&D Skate Center in Independence, they will indeed take the track once again in the hopes of bringing home their first ever championship trophy.

They’ll be facing off against the heavily favored Shotgun Sheilas, who have experienced tremendous success over the past several seasons, but even at that, still haven’t taken home the Fountain City trophy since 2014.

So someone’s going home with all the marbles for the first time in a while, and we hope you’ll join us trackside for the final event of Fountain City’s phenomenal 2018 season.

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The second bout of the night features the Coed League championship as The Usual Suspects face off against perennial favorites The Untouchables. Coed action has been a fan favorite in Kansas City for a few years now, and it’s always fantastic to see the ladies and gents in head-to-head competition.

And if the evening’s festivities weren’t already enough, the Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors will be playing an exhibition bout between the two games! Make plans now to join Fountain City for this phenomenal send-off to the 2018 season.

Doors at B&D open at 5:30 p.m. Saturday night, and the first whistle is at 6:00. Adult tickets are $12, and everyone under the age of 18 is admitted free. Advance tickets are still available at Brown Paper Tickets.

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Have You Met the 7th Street Brigade?

If you’re anything like us, you couldn’t help but notice a few mysterious, unexplained details on this weekend’s Junior Roller Warriors Facebook event page or the recurring event page they’ve set up to cover all the dates — morsels here and there that gave us enough to whet our appetites, but were tantalizingly short on specifics.

Here’s the deal. Each of this season’s three KCRW Juniors bouts, which are scheduled for August 4, August 18, and September 8, will be followed by a coed bout featuring what’s only known as the 7th Street Brigade.

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Logo design by Swezey on the Eyes of KCRW.

Thus far, no further information about this 7th Street Brigade has been provided on social media or KCRW’s web site, so of course, we at KC Derby Digest took it upon ourselves to do some fact finding.

We already knew that KCRW had been trying, for quite some time, to get a MRDA (men’s) team up and running, but were having some trouble drumming up sufficient interest. A little later, we’d heard they were looking into the possibility of forming a coed team, much like the one Fountain City established in 2014. From there, though, the rumor mill went silent.

Last week, we got in touch with a gentleman by the derby name of Brewin’ Trouble, who we’re told is the head of coed for KCRW, and threw a few questions his way to share with fans as they head into this weekend’s bouts.


KC Derby Digest: How did KCRW decide to launch a coed league?

Brewin’ Trouble: “We had a handful of guys that wanted to play MRDA, and the practices were open to KCRW members, so we had a lot of league skaters working with us. In the summer of 2017, we were invited to join KCRW’s black and white scrimmages. By the beginning of 2018, we decided to develop a coed team instead of a MRDA team, and we got league approval to become a KCRW team.”


KC Derby Digest: How did the 7th Street Brigade gets its name?

Brewin’ Trouble: “We chose the name 7th Street Brigade to tie us to Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on 7th Street, where we skate, and to recognize and honor the history of KCRW and Memorial Hall.”


KC Derby Digest: Do the teams have names yet? (Do we have teams?) Will the teams be consistent, or will the line-ups be lottery-style?

Brewin’ Trouble: “Right now, KCRW only has the one coed team. We hope to have more in the future, and when we do, we will develop some Kansas City names for them. For our Dog Days of Summer Series, we will be playing other teams in the region:

August 4th – Fountain City Coed Roller Derby
August 18th – Salty Beach Roller Derby (out of Hutchinson, KS)
September 8th – Ozarks Shockers Coed Roller Derby

In the future, we plan on having enough players for a couple house teams from which we will pull skaters for a travel team, similar to the current setup KCRW uses.”


KC Derby Digest: Is there any chance the coed bouts will be integrated into the KCRW house schedule at some point in the future?

Brewin’ Trouble: “This year, our coed home season is tied to the Juniors games to coordinate bout productions. For now, the home seasons of coed and the house teams will be kept separate.”


The Dog Days of Summer Series

This Saturday, the Kansas City Junior Roller Warriors kick off their 2018 season at Memorial Hall in KCK. Doors open at 4:00 p.m., and the games begin at 5:00.

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The Juniors will get the show going, and immediately following, the 7th Street Brigade makes its debut on the flat track and takes its place in Kansas City roller derby history by taking on the formidable Fountain City Roller Derby coed squad.

Tickets are $10 per person, and kiddos 12 and under are admitted free. LA’s Cuisine will be serving up the concessions, including some vegan and gluten-free options. There will also be face painting and a balloon artist on hand to join in the fun.

Join us this Saturday at 5:00 for the 2018 Juniors season and the flat track debut of the 7th Street Brigade!

Scar Wars

This Saturday night, which side will you choose — the dark side or the light?

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Fountain City Roller Derby‘s Coed League is back in action this weekend at B&D Skate Center, and you won’t want to miss this.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening, and the night begins with the Public Enemies taking on the Untouchables.

Immediately following will certainly be one of the best novelty bouts Kansas City roller derby has seen in quite some time as the Usual Suspects take on a team called the FCRD Legends. Word has it that this “Legends” team is made up of old school Fountain City and legendary Dead Girl Derby players who haven’t been seen on the track in quite some time!

Of all things, do not miss this rare opportunity to see some of your favorite Fountain City and Dead Girl players, past and present, taking the track and squaring off in this very unique event. Adult tickets are $12 at the door, and everyone under the age of 18 is admitted free. The first game begins at 6:30 sharp.

Join us trackside this Saturday night for Fountain City Roller Derby‘s Scar Wars!

The Kansas City Roller Warriors 2019 Home Schedule

So what if it’s still July? The Kansas City Roller Warriors have already announced their 2019 home schedule, and we couldn’t be happier with the news!

Next season, these queens of the flat track will join us for seven home bouts, and the dates are as follows:

January 5
February 2
March 2
March 30
May 4
June 22
July 20

All dates are Saturdays, and all bout nights happen at Memorial Hall in KCK.

As always, we’ll have full details as these events draw near, but in the meantime, mark your calendars and prepare for another phenomenal season on the flat track with the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

The Deadly Sirens Are Championship-Bound

It was an incredible, harrowing weekend of roller derby at B&D Skate Center in Independence, between Fountain City’s Women’s Division Game 3 Saturday night and the Sunday morning debut of the Zombie League, who kicked off their 2018 season against Franklin County Fury with a comeback win in the final period.

Of course, the real story of the weekend has to be the Deadly Sirens, who are headed to the Fountain City championship bout for the first time since 2011. Now, keep in mind, ’11 was the first season for the four house teams, and for a while that year, it looked like the Sirens might go undefeated and untouched. They didn’t lose their first game of the year until very late in the season — after they’d lost their top-scoring jammer — and although there was little doubt they’d win the championship that year, they wound up dropping the big game to the Lovely Lethals and remain, to this day, the only team in Fountain City to have never taken home the trophy.

That could all change this season.

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The Sirens are back!

Given the way the last few years have gone, we naturally assumed the Royal Pains would pull out the win this weekend and we would see another titanic struggle between them and the Sheilas for the house trophy. But as we mentioned back in January, the Sirens opened the 2018 season with such a bang that we wondered if maybe they wouldn’t shake things up for us this year, and ultimately, that’s just what they did.

If you follow us on the Twitter, you saw what a slugfest it was Saturday night between the Sirens and Pains. They were tied 10-10 at the end of the first period and 33-33 at the half. The Pains led 50-45 at the end of the third quarter, but the final minutes of the fourth period were pretty anxious as the two teams traded the lead back and forth until the very last jam of the game. After the referees convened and confirmed what they’d seen in the last jam, they announced the Deadly Sirens had indeed edged out the Royal Pains by a final score of 69-68, giving the fans at B&D exactly what they came to see — top-notch, edge-of-your-seat competition. It couldn’t have ended any better.

The Women’s Division championships won’t take place until September, and we’ve got quite a bit of Fountain City action to enjoy between now and then, so stay tuned to KC Derby Digest, both here and on social media, and we’ll keep you up to date on all the goings-on.

Congratulations to the Deadly Sirens for making the championship game this season! We can’t wait to see how it all shakes out.

Double Header Weekend

May and June have been pretty quiet in the world of Kansas City roller derby, but this weekend, things will begin to heat up again, and what better way to get those wheels whirring than with a double header weekend courtesy of Fountain City Roller Derby!

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This Saturday night at B&D Skate Center in Independence, Fountain City’s Women’s Division will hold their third bout night of the season, and the last women’s division event until the championship game later this Fall.

The Shotgun Sheilas will take on the Lovely Lethals to kick things off, and the Royal Pains will take on the Deadly Sirens in the last bout of the night to determine who will face the Sheilas in this year’s championship bout.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Saturday night, and the games begin at 6:30. For more info, click the graphic above.

And that’s just Saturday night.


Sunday morning, also at B&D Skate Center in Independence, Fountain City’s Zombie League takes the track against the visiting Franklin County Fury!

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That’s right, a Sunday morning bout that’s only $5 for adults and free for everyone age 17 and under!

Doors open at 10 a.m., and the game begins at 10:30.

We hope to see everyone at B&D for this weekend’s derby double header!

The 2018 Rink of Fire Preview

Every year, the two best teams in KCRW battle it out for what’s become known as the Warder Cup. That’s the coveted championship trophy named after Coach Ice, the legendary coach of the Kansas City Roller Warriors All-Stars who passed away two years ago this month.

This Saturday night at Memorial Hall in KCK, the fiery Knockouts and the dreaded Dreadnought Dorothys will clash for the trophy, the title, and an entire year’s worth of bragging rights.


By the Numbers

So let’s take a look at how these teams compare.

Both the KOs and the Dorothys boast impressive 5-1 records on the season. The only games they’ve lost this season have been to each other, and a quick glance at the numbers will actually tell you quite a bit. We’ll include numbers from the Vixens and the BES for comparison’s sake too:

Knockouts: 5-1
Points scored: 1,350
Points allowed: 1,040
Point differential: +310

Dreadnought Dorothys: 5-1
Points scored: 1,342
Points allowed: 901
Point differential: +441

Victory Vixens: 2-4
Points scored: 825*
Points allowed: 1,079*
Point differential: -174

Black Eye Susans: 0-6
Points scored: 820*
Points allowed: 1,317*
Point differential: -497

* indicates these numbers include scores from Game 6 last month in which the BES foreited at halftime. The Vixens led 82-69 at that point, and final calculations are based on that halftime score, in case you’re wondering why their point totals are so much lower.


How They Stack Up

As you can see, the Knockouts hold a slim lead in total points scored on the year, just eight more than the Dorothys.

However, the Dorothys have allowed the fewest points of any team in the league, and it’s not even close: only 901 on the year, compared to their nearest neighbors, the KOs, who have allowed 1,040.

Because of this, the Dorothys also boast the best point differential in the league this season with +441, compared to the KOs’ already impressive +310 on the year.

Head to head, the Dorothys have outscored the Knockouts 408-393 this season, a slim 15-point margin under the WFTDA rule set.

And both teams have experienced a slight decline in points scored during the second half of the season vs. the first half. The KOs averaged 242 points per game in the first half of the season, but only 208 in the second half; the Dorothys averaged 224.66 in the first half, but only 212.66 in the second half. Both teams had their lowest-scoring games of the year last month. Their overall averages per game are nearly identical.

Folks, this is tough.

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Based on these numbers and the way the wind appears to be blowing at this point in time, we’re predicting a Dreadnought Dorothys win by no more than 12 points.

Overall, the numbers are extremely close. Much has been made of the Knockouts‘ undefeated streak, which only came to an end last month, but ultimately, we believe it comes down to what seems to be a dominant defensive effort on the part of the Dorothys, given their unmatched point differential and impressive points-allowed stats.

Either way, fans are guaranteed a slug-fest this Saturday night, and we hope you’ll all join us for the history that will unfold on the track before us.


When & Where

The Rink of Fire championship will take place this Saturday night at Memorial Hall in KCK. Doors open at 5:00, and the games begin promptly at 6:00.

Advance tickets are still available through Brown Paper Tickets for $10 for adults and $5 for kiddos ages 6-12. Prices go up to $15 and $10, respectively, if you get them at the door.

As always, they’ll have a 50/50 drawing to benefit the Rose Brooks Center, and they’ll have $1 beers from 5-6 p.m.

The first bout of the night features the annual grudge match, this time between the 2-4 Victory Vixens and the winless Black Eye Susans. And of course, the second bout of the night will be for all the marbles, so don’t miss it!

Join us at Memorial Hall this Saturday night for what’s sure to be a Rink of Fire blowout!