KCRW Bout 4 Results and Photos

It’s getting harder and harder all the time to deny that what’s unfolding in front of us is one of the most dramatic and insanely interesting seasons of roller derby the Kansas City Roller Warriors have had in quite some time. Some years, if you knew the teams, you knew who was going to win as soon as bouts were announced. Others, it was a little murkier than that.

But so far, 2017 has proven to be one of the most wildly unpredictable seasons in recent memory, and particularly where the fans are concerned, that can only be a good thing.

KCRW hosted Bout 4 two Saturdays ago on the 11th, and I think it’s safe to say that no one could have predicted how that was going to go. The first game of the evening featured a back-and-forth contest between the Black Eye Susans and the Dreadnought Dorothys that had fans on the edges of seats before the first half was even over. These two teams slugged it out and traded the lead no telling how many times, and although the Susans led the Dorothys 107-88 at halftime, it was the Ruby Reds who roared back and maintained their undefeated record, taking down the Black & Yellow by a final score of 213-188. That’s a difference of only 25 points, and well within striking distance for any team, provided there’s still time on the clock. Like I said, it’s an unpredictable season.

Photos are here.

Click for the Dorothys/Susans photo album.

Immediately following was probably one of the most unexpected events of the season. The Knockouts, winless in 2016 and winless thus far in ’17, demolished the Victory Vixens from the first whistle to the last. If memory serves, the Red, White, and Blue never held the lead during this bout, and the Glitter Mafia’s lead only widened as the night went on, going from a 126-70 lead at halftime to a final score of 272-169 — a difference of 103 points, and probably the most decisive victory we’ve seen so far this season [citation needed].

Taking nothing away from the Vixens’ enormous talent and fortitude, this Knockouts squad celebrated a hard-earned and well-deserved victory, and hopefully one that turns the season around for them. With this win, no team in KCRW is out of the running for a Rink of Fire championship appearance at this time.

Photos, of course, are here.

Click for the Knockouts/Vixens photo album.

Current Standings:

Dreadnought Dorothys: 4-0
Black Eye Susans: 2-2
Victory Vixens: 1-3
Knockouts: 1-3

This Saturday night, the Kansas City Roller Warriors All Stars and Plan B teams take the track again as they face the visiting Chicago Outfit. Doors open at Memorial Hall at 5:00 p.m., and the fun begins promptly at 6:00.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kiddos ages 12 and under. Click here for the Facebook event page, and make plans to support your Wolfpack at Memorial Hall this Saturday night!

Missouri River Rollers Game 1 Round-Up and Photos

Saturday night, at a place called Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Atchison, Kansas, the Missouri River Rollers held their very first bout ever and kicked off a new era of roller derby for the Kansas City area.

As with any upstart league, anxieties were understandably high going into their first-ever event regarding everything you can think of — things like attendance, audience reception, etc. — but from the perspective of what I’ll call a professional roller derby fan, I think it’s safe to say Saturday night exceeded expectations by just about any metric available. Turnout for the game was excellent, and the River Rollers notched a solid win over the Benton County Derby Dames by a final score of 59-28.

As always, we’ve got photos.

Click for the full photo album.

The ladies of the MRR are back in action in Atchison on April 22, as you can see by the widget along the left edge of this page. Mark your calendars, but never fear, we’re always here to remind you when the dates approach.

Congratulations to all the ladies and gents of the Missouri River Rollers for a very strong start to what is hopefully a long and illustrious run of fantastic flat track roller derby in Atchison!

March Derby Dates and Conflicts

March is shaping up to be a pretty busy month for dedicated roller derby fans in Kansas City, but after all…

“Isn’t that why we’re here?”

But there are some conflicts this month, so stay tuned and stay on your toe stops.

Saturday, March 4
Missouri River Rollers vs. Benton County
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Atchison KS
6:00 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. first whistle
Click here for the Facebook event page.

Saturday, March 11
Fountain City Roller Derby hosts the Chicago Red Hots
FCRD vs. Chicago Red Hots
FCRD vs. Midwest All Stars
B&D Skate Center, Independence
9:00 a.m. doors, 9:30 a.m. first whistle
Click here for the Facebook event page.

Saturday, March 11
Kansas City Roller Warriors Game 4
Dreadnought Dorothys vs. Black Eye Susans
Victory Vixesn vs. Knockouts
Memorial Hall, KCK
5:00 p.m. doors, 6:00 p.m. first whistle
Click here for the Facebook event page.

Saturday, March 25
Kansas City Roller Warriors host the Chicago Outfit
Bouts TBA
Memorial Hall, KCK
5:00 p.m. doors, 6:00 p.m. first whistle
Click here for the Facebook event page.

Saturday, March 25
Fountain City Roller Derby Game 3
Shotgun Sheilas vs. Lovely Lethals
Royal Pains vs. Deadly Sirens
B&D Skate Center, Independence
6:00 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. first whistle
Click here for the Facebook event page.

Strictly speaking, March 11th isn’t actually a conflict, since Fountain City plays in the morning and KCRW in the evening. That will be a long day for us, though, since we will be covering both. Stay tuned for more information on these fantastic events, we’ll keep you updates as the dates draw near.

Fountain City Game 2 Round-Up and Photos

Saturday night at B&D Skate Center in Independence, Fountain City Roller Derby held one of the most memorably-themed events in a long time: a night of roller derby with a Tim Burton theme. Teams got gussied up in outfits reminiscent of some of Burton’s most memorable films, such as Corpse Bride, Beetlejuice. Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, and 1989’s Batman.

The photos really speak for themselves. Peruse those, and below, we’ll have the bout recaps.

Click for the full photo album.

The evening began with the Royal Pains taking on the Lovely Lethals in a classic match-up that saw the Purple Passion hang on to the lead for most (if not all) of the game, although by how much varied throughout. The Ladies in Pink kept it close throughout much of the first half, but the Pains opened up a 50-28 lead by the end of the second period. The second half looked like more of the same, although the Lethals did manage to narrow the lead a touch before dropping the bout by a final score of 68-50.

The second game of the night… went a bit differently. The Deadly Sirens do love to keep things interesting, and that is just the way we like it. The Shotgun Sheilas jumped out to a 26-9 lead over the Teal by the end of the first period, but that margin would be tough to maintain as the Sirens gradually chipped away at the lead in the second half, eventually bringing the score to within two points with only 34 seconds left in the game. The last two jams were pure insanity as the Sheilas clung to a razor-thin lead they would widen by exactly one point by the end of the game as they held on to win by a score of 56-53. The Deadly Sirens fell to a 1-1 record on the year so far, but not before making the Sheilas work for it every inch of the way.

I’m not kidding, this is not the same Deadly Sirens team that landed in last place the last few seasons. This is the kind of team you ignore at your own peril. They’ve more than proven that so far this season.

Current Standings:

Royal Pains: 2-0
Deadly Sirens: 1-1
Shotgun Sheilas: 1-1
Lovely Lethals: 0-2

The Royal Pains remain the only undefeated team in the league thus far, but that mettle will certainly be tested later this month when they take on the burgeoning Deadly Sirens on the 25th.

Fountain City Roller Derby has a morning bout against the Chicago Red Hots on March 11, and then Game 3 of their 2017 house season on the 25th. We’ll keep you posted. Stay tuned to KC Derby Digest for all the latest!

Featured Skater – February 2017

Our Featured Skater for the month of February is
Beetlejuke of Fountain City Roller Derby!

Name: Beetlejuke
Team: Shotgun Sheilas
Number: Day-0
Position: Blocker, Jammer
Seasons with FCRD: 2

How did you discover Fountain City Roller Derby?

“I found out about FCRD through Irritating Irish. Her aunt, Mel Breakdown, has played with FCRD since pretty much the beginning. I remember going to a few games back in high school when they played at Hale arena. I remember watching and thinking how bad ass all the girls looked (also I had no idea what was going on). Never thought that I’d be out there just a few years later!

But what really got me into the idea of joining was Irish always dragging my butt out to Winnwood [ Skate Center ] on Thursday and Sunday nights for their open adult skate. February 2015 was the first time I ever put skates on my feet. I met Groot that night and he actually taught me how to skate along with a few people who frequent Winnwood. I couldn’t even stand up straight without holding on to someone, super embarrassing. But seeing how much fun everyone else was having made me determined to learn how to do this super thing.

Within a few weeks I was able to skate on my own. I started going to FCRD games to watch Irish’s games. Met so many cool people. After many arguments with Irish about joining derby, I finally decided to indulge her by going to the recruitment meeting. Not saying that I was going to join, but I would go! Well, when I went to that meeting, I saw many people that I had met along the way, each person was so excited to see me there! People never got excited to see me! So finally I decided to tryout for FCRD. My only goal was to be Zombie League so I didn’t have to give up all my free time. As I started going through boot camp, every practice I fell more and more in love with it. Went through testing and made Class 2! At that point I know that derby was going to be my entire life. I went into the draft and made it onto the Shotgun Sheilas! The rest is history!”

Who are some of your biggest inspirations on the track?

“I am inspired by so many people on the track!

In no order: Pippi Strongblocking, an amazing blocker and jammer. Nobody can hold her back, she’s helped me come so far ever since I joined the Sheilas, I can only hope to be as talented as her one day!

Zombina: the mention of of her name sends chills down the spines of her enemies! I’ve always been drawn to her since I started watching derby! Her make-up and her skills are always something I strive for!

Racen Vorhees: every time he comes and talks to me during a practice or scrimmage, I know he’s going to drop some knowledge that’s going to help bring me to the next level!

Black Mamba: she was drafted to Sheilas the same time I was. I remember coming to the Zombie games and seeing this bad ass beauty just dominate the track! I was too excited when I found out we were going to be on the same team (pretty sure she didn’t even know who I was). We worked together at a league practice one time and ever since we’ve been attached at the hip. She’s always someone I can count on. She is in love with derby as much as I am. No one can stop MambaJuke!

Self DestructTiff: Do I even need to explain?! I can’t think of anyone who packs a harder punch than this chick! It’s terrifying to play her but I’m so glad to be on one of her teams so I can get a break from her!”

Favorite derby memory so far?

“My favorite derby memory has to be last year at nationals. The fact that I was a first year and I was chosen to help represent my awesome league to defend our championship title was so amazing. Going into I was so scared that I wasn’t going to be any help and I’d just fall behind, but I held my own and totally rocked it! I will admit that I was bawling when I realized that we had won nationals. I had worked my ass off to get there and to see myself win on top of that was so much to take in. It’s the first time in my life that I had shed happy tears. Until someone asked to take my picture, then the tears went away!”

Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“Roller derby totally saves souls. I use to be so quiet and reserved before derby, trying so hard to fit in and be liked. But when I joined derby, I slowly started to let my weird out, and people liked it! So it all came out! It’s the first time EVER in my life that I have felt comfortable in my own skin. It feels amazing to know how many people care and love me. It’s such an amazing weird family! Also derby gave me the drive to quit smoking. I was so tired of huffing and puffing after each jam. So for my 2017 new year resolution I decided to quit smoking, made a world of difference in my game play.”

To see more of Beetlejuke and all of Fountain City Roller Derby in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

The Missouri River Rollers Inaugural Bout

After the dissolution last season of St. Joseph’s Blacksnake Rollergirls, we feared there would be a noticeable void left unfilled in the local roller derby scene. While we were (and remain) saddened that such a phenomenal chapter in Kansas City roller derby history has ended, the Missouri River Rollers have risen from the ashes, and this Saturday night, they hold their inaugural bout at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Atchison, Kansas.

Click for the Facebook event page.

It is our hope here at KC Derby Digest that members of the Kansas City roller derby community, fans and players alike, will embrace the new league and offer a strong show of support as they dig in and take their place in the community. Anyone who’s ever participated in this incredible sport knows what a daunting endeavor it can be getting a new league off the ground, and like you, we wish them all the success in the world as they take the track against Benton County this Saturday night.

Doors open at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall at 6:00 Saturday night, and the game begins at 7:00. Adult tickets at the door are only $7. Students ages 13-17 pay only $5 at the door, and college students with a valid college ID can get buy one/get one adult tickets as well. Further details are on the Facebook event page via the link above.

KC Derby Digest will, of course, be on hand for this rather historic kick-off, and we hope to see everyone trackside to support the Missouri River Rollers. Roll on, Kansas City!

Fountain City Roller Derby Game 2 Preview

This Saturday night, the ladies’ house teams of Fountain City Roller Derby tack the track at B&D Skate Center in Independence for Game 2 of their 2017 season.

Click for the Facebook event page

It’s a Tim Burton-themed night of roller derby, and the various teams will be representing various Burton classics, such as Beetlejuice and Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, so feel free to join in the fun and dress up accordingly. The teams will be, and that’s guaranteed fun, right there.

The Lovely Lethals and the Royal Pains will face off in the evening’s first match-up. The Pink Ladies are looking to bounce back from their surprise defeat at the hands of the Deadly Sirens late last month, and the Pains are hoping to continue their undefeated ways after their solid win over the Sheilas that same night. From the looks of these two teams so far, this will be one you won’t want to miss.

The second bout of the night will feature the Shotgun Sheilas, who are looking for their first win of the season, taking on the Deadly Sirens, who again, shocked nearly everyone in attendance when they took down the Lethals a few weeks ago. Not only this evening, but this particular season is already shaping up to be one of the least predictable we’ve seen in a while, and because of that, if nothing else, all derby fans within the sound of my digital voice really need to catch this one.

Doors open at 6:00 Saturday night, and the action begins at 6:30. Tickets are $12 for anyone ages 13 and up; kiddos ages 12 and under are admitted free.

KC Derby Digest will be on hand for all the fun — we hope to see you there!