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Fountain City All-Gender Game 2

This Saturday night at B&D Skate Center in Independence, Fountain City’s All-Gender Division takes the track for Game 2!

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Click for the Facebook event page.

This month, the brand new Regulators team takes on the 2018 defending champions, The Usual Suspects in the first game of the night. Immediately following, the Untouchables take on their perennial rivals, The Public Enemies.

Doors open at B&D at 6:00 p.m., and the games begin promptly at 6:30.

This month, Fountain City is partnering with The Dalton Everett Burner Foundation, a pediatric cancer non-profit organization committed to supporting pediatric hematology and oncology families with financial assistance.

If you’d like to make a donation Saturday night, they are accepting any individual pre-packaged pantry items to stock for parents’ use while their child is in-patient at the hospital. Here is a wish list of items, taken right off Fountain City’s event page:

Soups
Cereal (mini boxes, individually wrapped)
Granola bars
Snacks
Chips (individual snack size)
Peanut butter singles
Tuna kits
Coffee Pods (for a Keurig)
Creamer
Laundry soap (HE)
Dryer sheets
Paper towels
Microwaveable bowls
Paper products-plates, coffee cups, etc.

If you’ like to put together a Parent Care Kit, fill a small basket or reusable tote with items like:

bottled water
adult-sized blankets
hygiene items (shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, toothbrush/paste, body wash, pads/tampons)
hand lotion
lip balm
journal/pen (for note taking when meeting with doctors)
gum/mints
mini packets of Kleenex
ear plugs

We hope to see everyone at B&D Saturday night for Fountain City’s All-Gender Division Game 2!

Featured Skater – February 2019

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Our Featured Skater for the month of February is
Dizzy Aster of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

Name: Dizzy Aster
Team: Victory Vixens
Number: 5
Position: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot
Seasons with KCRW: 1


Where did your roller derby career begin, and how did you discover the sport?

“A few years ago I was having a mini freakout about my upcoming 30th birthday (which yes, seems so silly now), and I was like, “I need to do something really cool RIGHT NOW before I’m TOO OLD!” (See? So silly.)

I don’t remember what exactly made me think of roller derby. I do remember that I was determined to do the coolest thing I could think of, and that thing was roller derby. Shortly after that, I was somewhat serendipitously introduced to two skaters from Topeka. They convinced me to go to practice with them, and just like that, I became a skater for the Capital City Crushers. I was a Crusher for three seasons before transferring to KCRW at the beginning of this season.”

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

“I played team sports growing up, all the way up through high school, and then nothing through college and my 20s. I ran a lot and did the occasional rec softball, but nothing like roller derby. I forgot how much I LOVED being on a team. Camaraderie! Common goals! Friendship!

Speaking of friends, you know how they say it’s hard to make new friends as an adult? Not with roller derby! Friends! Friends galore! It’s very likely you’ll find someone that’s just your type of weirdo to be your friend. It’s nice. Also, it’s the most consistent working out I’ve done in my adult life. I can talk myself out of going to the gym, but I hate missing practice!”

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Tell us the origin of your derby name.

Dizzy Aster was gifted to me. I had something entirely different picked out, but didn’t really love it. My friends Jake and Mary were expecting their first baby. Jake wanted to name it Dizzyaster. Mary said no, thank you. Jake said I should use it as my roller derby name. I said I would be honored. The baby’s name is Maya. This is a true story.”

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What sets you apart in KCRW?

“Oh man, I don’t know. I do hope people see that I take this very seriously, but also that I am having a seriously good time.”

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What makes Dizzy Aster tick? At the end of the day, what keeps you going in this crazy love we call roller derby?

“The “well it’s now or never!” attitude that came with joining roller derby at 30 has stuck with me. We don’t know what tomorrow holds. Might as well do something awesome now! I love roller derby so much, more than anything else I’ve ever done or tried. And I never felt like I was really good at anything before. This is my thing. I found it! I want to be really, really good at it. I want to see how far I can push it while I’m willing and able. That’s why I transferred to KCRW.

Also, I’m very competitive. This is probably a healthier outlet for that than, say, competitive eating. Although I can eat an impressive amount of tacos!”

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To see more of Dizzy Aster and all the Kansas City Roller Warriors in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

KCRW Game 2 Results

So last weekend’s Kansas City Roller Warriors bout on February 2… were you there?

Did you see that?

It was the biggest crowd at Memorial Hall in quite some time, due in part to the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas/NW Missouri and in part to the Kansas City Junior Warriors and their families. That kind of crowd engagement is fuel for the derby fire, electrifying as it was, and our hope is that we can keep that kind of energy going the entire season.

The first bout of the night saw the Knockouts grab up another victory, this one against a Victory Vixens team that hasn’t notched a win yet in 2019, but shouldn’t be taken lightly. They gave the Dorothys quite a run last month, and this month, they only lost by 29 points, final score 289-260, which isn’t a lot under this rule set.

The Knockouts probably are the team to beat again this season, but the Vixens are clearly one of the most dangerous teams on the track in KC. We’ll be keeping an eye on them, and you should too.

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The Juniors wowed the crowd with their first appearance of the season in an exhibition scrimmage, and then the Black Eye Susans faced off against a Dreadnought Dorothys team no one thought could drop this game.

Except… that they did.

The Dorothys held at least a slim lead most of the game — they were up 77-65 at halftime — but like the Vixens, the Susans just kept finding ways to fight back.

Unfortunately, a good portion of the crowd left at halftime, presumably since the night was running long due to the Juniors’ scrimmage, and there were so many kiddos in attendance that night.

Let me tell you, they missed out.

With only 10 seconds left on the game clock, the Dorothys led 129-117 as (what everyone assumed would be) the last jam of the game commenced. As the game clock ran out, a Susans blocker clobbered the Dorothys jammer at the far apex, sending her down hard and triggering an injury time out.

Thankfully, the jammer was all right and left the track on her own. Under WFTDA rules, though, if a jam is called off at the discretion of an official — an injury time out, for instance — and there are fewer than 30 seconds left on the game clock, an additional jam may be run at the discretion of the head referee.

And that is what happened. By now, the Dorothys’ lead was down to three, and the Susans had one last opportunity to take home the win.

The crowd went insane as the Susans’ jammer took lead, fought halfway through the pack, and passed the star to the pivot, who barreled through for four points and called off the jam. The Black Eye Susans straight-up shoplifted the win from the Dreadnought Dorothys by a final score of 132-131 as the remaining crowd at Memorial Hall roared its approval.

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I’m telling you… those Dorothys are something else, and the tenacity on the part of the Susans was unmatched Saturday night. If there was ever any doubt that this is one of the greatest shows in Kansas City, well, it’s gone now.


Current Standings

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

The Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ next event is on March 2. We’ll have photos from last weekend’s bout published as soon as we can. Keep an eye on our Smugmug album, and we’ll probably post links here too.

KCRW Game 2 Preview

This Saturday night at historic Memorial Hall in KCK, the Kansas City Roller Warriors storm the track for Game 2 of their 2019 season. It’s guaranteed to be one of the biggest nights of the year, so make sure you’re there to see it.

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Click for the Facebook event page.

Several things set Game 2 apart, not the least of which is the planned mini-scrimmage by the Kansas City Junior Warriors taking place between Saturday night’s bouts. If you’ve never been to a Juniors game, this is your chance to preview these young warriors on wheels prior their regular season bouts, which typically begin toward the end of summer. It’s no stretch to say that many of these players represent the future of Kansas City roller derby, and we’re excited to see them back on the track.

This weekend’s KCRW bouts will feature the dominant Knockouts taking on the Victory Vixens. The Juniors scrimmage will follow, and the evening’s action ends with the Black Eye Susans facing off against the Dreadnought Dorothys.

Doors open at 5:00 Saturday night. As always, there will be a 50/50 drawing, this month benefiting the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri, many of whom will be on hand for the evening’s festivities.

The concession stand will have $2 12-oz. beers on sale between 5:00 and 6:00, and LA’s Cuisine will be serving up some of the best barbecue KC has to offer, including vegan and gluten-free options.

Adult tickets are $15, and kiddos ages 6-12 are only $10 each.

Join us trackside this Saturday night for the Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ Game 2!

Fountain City All-Gender Game 1 – Results

Fountain City Roller Derby kicked off its 2019 season in a little bit different fashion Saturday night, this time starting the year off with their rebranded all-gender league taking the lead, instead of mixing up their schedule with the women’s division, which won’t begin until June.

Perhaps most importantly, Saturday night’s event marked the beginning of Fountain City’s 10th season on the flat track! Can you believe it?

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Happy 10th birthday, Fountain City!

Much more on this incredible milestone in the months to come. We’ve been around for most of the league’s existence, and the memories are pretty incredible.

And if that wasn’t enough, Saturday night also marked the flat track debut of the newest all-gender team, The Regulators, which was comprised, of course, of a hodgepodge of new and old faces you have (and haven’t) seen on the track at B&D before.

The first game of the night featured a rematch of last season’s championship bout. The 2018 coed champions, the Usual Suspects, notched a 67-58 win over the formidable Untouchables, leaving us to wonder just where the trophy will land this season, given how competitive the whole endeavor was.

That game was followed by the 2019 debut of the Public Enemies, who brought home a big win over the brand new Regulators by a final score of 109-42.


Current Standings

Usual Suspects: 1-0
Public Enemies: 1-0
Untouchables: 0-1
The Regulators: 0-1

We’ll have bout photos published as soon as we’re able. Stay tuned, of course, for more Fountain City action — the 2019 season has just begun!

Photos – KCRW Game 1

By now, derby fans in Kansas City know they can find our photo albums on our Smugmug page. Still, KC Derby Digest dot-com is the central hub for our coverage of roller derby in KC, so going forward, we’ll be posting links to that season’s photo albums anytime we can.

First up from last weekend, the Knockouts vs. the Black Eye Susans:

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Click for the full photo album.


The second bout of the night, of course, featured the Dreadnought Dorothys and the Victory Vixens:

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Click for the full photo album.


As always, stay tuned to KC Derby Digest for more flat track action as the season goes on!

KCRW Game 1 Results

Saturday night’s Kansas City Roller Warriors 2019 season opener was certainly a ride, the kind we’ve frankly come to expect from such a competitive league. Game 1 saw the 2018 defending champions, the Knockouts, take home a big win over the Black Eye Susans by a final score of 229-128.

The KOs jumped out to a big early lead and essentially held onto it the entire bout, giving fans the impression (already) that they may indeed be the team to beat again this year.

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The second bout of the night was quite a bit closer and featured impressive performances by the Dreadnought Dorothys and Victory Vixens.

The Dorothys took an early lead, but the Vixens kept finding ways to close the gap. The Ruby Reds held a scant 86-79 lead at halftime, and they managed to hold on and take the game 185-151 over the Vixens in the end. That’s only a 34-point difference, and although it’s enough, it’s not a dominant victory under this rule set, so we’ll be watching these two teams very closely as the season progresses.

The Vixens also debuted their slick new uniforms Saturday night, too.

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Current Standings

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

The Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ next event is on February 2, so mark your calendars and keep an eye on KC Derby Digest as the date approaches.