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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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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.

The KCRW 2019 Season Begins

With a new year comes a brand new season of flat track roller derby madness in Kansas City, and this Saturday night, the Kansas City Roller Warriors light the fuse on what is guaranteed to be an explosive year at historic Memorial Hall.

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Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the first bout of 2019 begins promptly at 6:00.

Kicking things off, the 2018 Rink of Fire Champions, the Knockouts, face their perennial rivals, the Black Eye Susans. If history is any indication, fans at Memorial are in for a treat as these two talented squads face off in what is traditionally one of the fiercest match-ups of the season. It’s a great way to kick off the new year.

Immediately following, the dreaded Dreadnought Dorothys take on the Victory Vixens in another classic match-up that promises a memorable start to the new year.

LA’s Cuisine will be serving up some of the finest barbecue in Kansas City — including vegan and gluten-free options — and there will also be $2 beers available until 6:00.

Adult tickets are $15 at the door, and kiddos ages 6-12 are just $10 each. The afterparty will be held at the 403 Club just minutes from Memorial Hall immediately following the bouts.

We will, of course, be trackside for Saturday night’s event, and whether you’re able to attend or not, you can get scores and highlights throughout the evening on our Twitter page, no account necessary, and you can also see exclusive, behind-the-scenes photos on our Instagram page.

We hope to see everyone at Memorial Hall this Saturday night as the Kansas City Roller Warriors kick off their 2019 season!

Are You Ready for Some Derby?

There was a time in Kansas City when the roller derby season didn’t start for another two or three months. The Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ season typically ran from March to August, and Fountain City usually started in February and lasted through roughly the end of summer.

Times have thankfully changed, and nowadays, the months-long wait for more roller derby action has been pared down significantly — especially when you consider KCRW’s mini-tournaments and invitationals that can extend into December, rendering the “off season” a bit of a misnomer.

Derby fans in Kansas City will be able to get their flat track fix starting January 5 when KCRW kicks off its 2019 season at Memorial Hall in KCK.

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We’ll have the full details for you as bout day draws nearer. Mark your calendars now for January 5 and join us trackside as we spend another incredible season covering this amazing league.

Later, toward the end of January, Fountain City Roller Derby‘s all-gender/coed league kicks off ’19 with Game 1 on January 26.

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Stay tuned to KC Derby Digest, both here and on social media, for all the latest in upcoming roller derby action right here in KC. 2019 is a season you won’t want to miss!

The Shotgun Sheilas are Fountain City Roller Derby Champions

If you were fortunate enough to join us this past Saturday night, you witnessed history as the Shotgun Sheilas brought home their third Fountain City Roller Derby championship trophy.

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Although the final score wasn’t very close — the Sheilas took down the resurgent Deadly Sirens 78-51 in the end — it was a very exciting night overall, and most memorable for those Sirens fans in attendance, particularly those who have been with us long enough to feel the pain of the Teal’s seven-year championship dry spell.

The Sirens remain the only team in the league to have never taken home the trophy, but truly, stay tuned for 2019, because we suspect these ladies and their coaches have big things in store for next season. Despite the many things that set roller derby apart from other competitive sports, one similarity that will never go away is the cyclical nature of the whole thing. No one stays down — or on top — forever. It’s as true on the track as it is on the diamond or the gridiron.


The second game of the evening featured the coed championship bout between perennial favorites The Untouchables and the Usual Suspects. Like the preceding game, it wasn’t especially close in the score, but it was, as always, full of high-energy, hard-hitting action Fountain City is known for. In the end, the Usual Suspects pulled out the championship win to the delight of all their fans on hand at B&D who came out to cheer them on.

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Fountain City Roller Derby kicks off their 2019 season sometime in January. Once the dates have been announced, you’ll be the first to know. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-to-the-moment announcements, and big thanks to Fountain City for another phenomenal year on the flat track! We can’t wait to see you all again in 2019!