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Do you believe in derby miracles?

Once or twice in a lifetime, if you’re especially lucky, a sports team comes along that defies incredible odds to take home all the marbles… and a little piece of forever.

No one expected the 1969 New York Mets, who had lost 101 games only two years prior, to take the World Series against the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles — but they did, four games to one. They called them the Amazin’ Mets.

In the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. men’s hockey team took a roster full of amateurs and upset the Soviet Union, the four-time defending gold medalists, in a medal-round game that would become known as the Miracle on Ice. Team USA would go on to defeat Finland for the gold.

And this weekend at Memorial Hall, the 2-4 Victory Vixens soundly defeated the 6-0 Knockouts to take home the Tim Warder Trophy and cement their place in Kansas City roller derby history as the ultimate unstoppable underdogs.

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We’ve never seen anything like it, and neither have you. In the long and storied history of the Kansas City Roller Warriors, a 2-4 team has never even gone to the Rink of Fire, let alone taken home the win. The 2017 Susans won the championship on a 3-3 record — an incredible feat on its own — but that’s as close as we’ve come to the insanity that gripped Memorial Hall Saturday night.

No matter what they tell you, no one could have predicted a team that didn’t even win a bout until May would take home the trophy and all the bragging rights in the world just two and a half months later.

The Victory Vixens have overcome the most incredible odds we’ve ever seen on the flat track at home, and we congratulate them on their tenacity, their resilience, and their championship attitude.

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Many thanks to the entire Kansas City Roller Warriors organization for one of the most entertaining seasons in recent memory, and thank you for allowing us to be a part of it once again. We look forward to sharing the track with you for many years to come!

The 2019 Rink of Fire Preview

One of our favorite annual events is right on top of us, derby fans, and we hope you’ll join us this Saturday night for the 2019 Rink of Fire at Memorial Hall!

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Current Standings

Knockouts: 6-0
Victory Vixens: 2-4
Black Eye Susans: 2-4
Dreadnought Dorothys: 2-4


Yes, the Knockouts have notched an undefeated season at the expense of the other three house teams, who all languish at 2-4 on the season.

At this point, the common question becomes: how do we know who plays the Knockouts for the Rink of Fire championship?

We’ve actually discussed this kind of thing before, so we’ll spare you the finer points, but it boils down to this:

When multiple teams boast identical win-loss records on the season, the tie is broken by the point differential, which is simply the difference between a team’s total points scored and their total points allowed.

The team with the highest point differential wins every single time, and this year, the Victory Vixens came out of nowhere at the tail end of the season to pull a Cinderella and go to the big dance.

We say “Cinderella” because if you’ll recall, the Vixens didn’t win a single game all year until Game 5 on May 4. They started the season 0-4, then won the two remaining games in May and June, racking up enough points in the process to beat out the Dorothys and Susans for a championship run.

Given the standings this year, we’re predicting a Knockouts win by a considerable margin. Having said that, we’ve been equally confident in our Rink of Fire predictions in the past under very similar circumstances and wound up dead wrong.

Remember in 2017 when the 6-0 Dreadnought Dorothys faced the 3-3 Black Eye Susans for the trophy? No one expected the Black & Yellow to take the win, but they did — by 82 points.

If the Victory Vixens pull off an upset this weekend, it will be even bigger than that. Never in the history of the Kansas City Roller Warriors has a 2-4 team bested a 6-0 team for the Warder Cup, but this Saturday night, the Red, White, and Blue will attempt to do just that.


This year’s Rink of Fire celebration will actually feature three bouts and begin at 4:00 as the Kansas City Junior Warriors take the track in their first bout of the 2019 season.

Next, at 6:00, the Dreadnought Dorothys and the Black Eye Susans face off in this year’s grudge match. The Ketchup vs. Mustard bouts are always some of the most competitive and entertaining of the entire season, and we’re looking forward to seeing who comes out on top this year.

Then, immediately following, the undefeated Knockouts face the resurgent Victory Vixens one last time to see who takes home the coveted Warder Cup and bragging rights until next year. Regardless of who comes out on top, it’s going to be an amazing event you won’t want to miss.

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Doors open at Memorial Hall at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Be sure and get there early to support the Juniors, who kick off the weekend’s festivities.

As always, adult tickets are $15 at the door — probably the best value in town for what you’re getting this weekend. Kids ages 6-12 are $10 each, and kiddos 5 and under are admitted free.

L.A.’s Cuisine will be on hand serving up some of the best BBQ in a town famous for BBQ, and the afterparty will be at the 403 Club immediately after the championship bout.

We can’t wait to see you at Memorial Hall this Saturday night for the 2019 Rink of Fire Championship!

Knockouts remain undefeated, Vixens notch first victory of the season

Last weekend’s bouts at Memorial Hall gave Kansas City roller derby fans more to cheer about, and while one of the evening’s games ended a bit predictably, one certainly didn’t, keeping things fresh as the march to the Rink of Fire continues.

It’s never a good idea to count anyone out, but the way this season has progressed so far, almost no one expects the Knockouts to start dropping games now. This year’s Black Eye Susans are pretty scrappy and formidable, but the Glitter Mafia has been pretty unstoppable, bringing home five wins in five games by an average of 54 points per game. Last Saturday night was no exception as they took the win over the Susans 205-134 in the second bout of the evening.

The real story, of course, was the resurgent Victory Vixens who, up to this point in the season, hadn’t brought home a win all year. It wasn’t for a lack of trying — they even gave the Knockouts a solid run for their money in Game 2 back in February — but somehow, victory managed to elude these Vixens consistently until Game 5 two Saturdays ago when they pulled out a stunner against a Dreadnought Dorothys team many people were expecting to make a Rink of Fire appearance again this year.

They may still; both they and the Susans sit at 2-3 on the season, and they don’t face each other again for the rest of the year, so depending on what happens next month in Game 6, the league may have to do some number crunching to determine which team makes a championship run alongside the Knockouts.

With that in mind, the Vixens’ 147-140 win over the Dorothys last weekend may have marked a turning point in the season for more than just the Red, White, and Blue.

Regardless of where the teams land, it was nice to celebrate a win with the Vixens.

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Current Standings

Knockouts: 5-0
Black Eye Susans: 2-3
Dreadnought Dorothys: 2-3
Victory Vixens: 1-4

KCRW’s next bout is on June 22, and of course, we’ll remind you of that as the date draws near. Stay tuned to KC Derby Digest for more info on the incredible 2019 season!

The Usual Suspects are Fountain City All-Gender Champions

It’s been a while since we updated, but this past weekend at B&D Skate Center in Independence, the Usual Suspects captured the All-Gender Division championship trophy by taking down the incredible Untouchables by a final score of 55-34.

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We’ll have the photos published as soon as possible, and stay tuned for Fountain City Roller Derby‘s Women’s Division, which kicks off its 10th season on June 29.

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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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.