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Are You Ready for KCRW’s 2019-20 Season?

The beginning of every new sports season brings with it a great deal of promise and excitement. That goes double for the Kansas City Roller Warriors, who have blazed a trail of flat track roller derby glory in Kansas City that reaches all the way back to 2005.

Friends and fans alike are understandably excited when a new season begins, but I have news for all the derby fans in Kansas City: the 2019-20 season could be unlike anything you’ve seen before.


Between the exciting new recruits, the returning veterans from last season, and the superstars of yesteryear re-joining the league — some of them after years of retirement from the sport — we could be in for the most insane season in KCRW history, if we’re not careful.

Last Saturday night, KCRW kicked off the brand new season, one they decided to begin in November, which has only happened one other time in league history. The crowd in attendance was given a mere taste of the season to come, and those who missed out will have their chance to make up for that mistake when the Roller Warriors take the track again on December 14.

For now, let’s take a look at what awaits us in the coming months.

Returning Stars

Way back when I was just a wee fan cheering my little flat track heart out from the crash zone at Municipal Auditorium, one of the most exciting pieces of news I could have gotten was that a favorite retired skater was back in the fray.

Returning fans were treated to that very news Saturday night as a whole handful of superstars, several of whom haven’t competed on the track for quite some time, carved out yet another place for themselves in league history and made their season debut for a new generation of roller derby fanatics in the crowd.


Superstars returning to the flat track for the 2019-20 season include:

  • Annie Maul: Certainly one of the most prominent players in the long and storied history of the league, Ms. Maul was sponsored by Riedell Skates back in the day and was the pride of the Victory Vixens for years on end. Last weekend, she kicked off the 2019-20 season as a Black Eye Susan.
  • Bruz Her: Long known as a defensive wall unto herself for the dreaded Dreadnought Dorothys in their late-2000s heyday, she took her talents to the Knockouts and Victory Vixens in later seasons before taking a well-earned retirement in 2016. She’s back with the Vixens this season, and we couldn’t be more excited.
  • Eclipse: Accurately billed for years as a “defensive powerhouse” for the powerful Dreadnought Dorothys and the All-Star travel team, this legendary blocker retired after the 2011 season and subsequently coached off and on for house teams in the years since. Such is our regard for the mighty Eclipse that we’ve believed since her retirement that her number, 0, should have been retired along with her. She re-joins KCRW for 2019-20 as a Knockout.
  • Jess Decker: One of the brightest faces on the track in recent memory, Jess Decker was a longtime Knockout before gracefully exiting the track to pursue other endeavors. She returns to KCRW after only a couple of years off, this time drafted to the Black Eye Susans.
  • Lucha Lethal: The former Dreadnought Dorothys mainstay quietly retired from the league around 2013, then played a couple of seasons for then-Dead Girl Derby. She returns to the Dorothys for the 2019-20 season.
  • Shirley Gonnahitya: This beloved former Victory Vixen took some time off from the league, but not from our hearts. Die-hard Shirley fans got their wish Saturday night as Ms. Gonnahitya was re-introduced to the flat track, this time wearing Knockouts teal.
  • Tuff Noogies: The longtime Black Eye Susan finally hung up her skates in 2015 after a distinguished career as a Roller Warrior, and we frankly never thought we’d see her on the track again. We couldn’t be happier to have been wrong. Noogies was drafted to the Dreadnought Dorothys for this season, and we’re thrilled to see her out there.

Promising Rookies

And by “rookies,” we of course mean “first-time Roller Warriors,” since you’ll quickly realize most of these new phenoms have clearly been on skates for quite some time.

For our money, the most exciting newcomer to the league this season would have to be Alley Cat, who among other things, scored herself a 20-point jam Saturday night and netted the team MVP distinction even as her Dorothys fell to the Knockouts by more than 60 points. As of press time, we know very little about this incredible new recruit, who again will almost certainly turn out to be “new” in name only, given the level of experience her tenacity and skill seemed to betray last weekend.

“Might bust some walls later, idk.”

The Dorothys also gave an honorable mention to newcomer Diva Destruction, who shows some amazing promise in her own right, and about whom you’ll certainly hear more as the season goes on.

Another rookie Roller Warrior we’re extremely excited about is Hellvetica, a “legacy” skater whose mother, Murphy’s Law, was a perennial Plan B powerhouse who retired with distinction after the 2012 season.

But don’t kid yourself, this isn’t your mother’s roller derby; young jammer Hellvetica seems anxious to make a name for herself in this league, and if her performance Saturday night is any indication, she clearly has everything she needs to do just that.


Not that the Knockouts lack anything a championship-caliber team would need to make another Rink of Fire run, but Hellvetica will certainly add another dimension of jamming firepower to an already fearsome squad, so you can expect great things from her and the Glitter Mafia in 2019-20.

Of course, these aren’t the only new additions to the Kansas City Roller Warriors this season — see also No Class Lass, V-2 Bomber, and Quik Trip, just to name a few.

All things considered, we don’t think it’s a stretch to say these Roller Warriors have some amazing, amazing things in store for the new season, and we hope you’ll join us trackside for each and every bout as the competition heats up.

Who’s your favorite newcomer? What old school veteran are you most excited about returning to the track? Leave a comment below or sound off on our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

Keep an eye on KC Derby Digest for updates and information on the new season. The Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ next bout is on December 14!

The Shotgun Sheilas are back-to-back champions

Last Saturday night, Fountain City Roller Derby fans were treated to a league first when the undefeated Shotgun Sheilas became the first team in FCRD history to take home back-to-back championships, holding off the resurgent Deadly Sirens just long enough to score a 61-56 victory.


Earlier this week, we caught up with Coach Wyatt to get her thoughts on the 2019 season and what it’s meant to her and the team:

“I have coached the Sheilas since the 2011/12 season. Every year this team amazes me with their hard work and desire to continue to build on the season before. I appreciate the work and effort that every Sheila skater and coaching staff member put in. We have an amazing group of humans that I am happy to call my friends and family.”

Congratulations to Coach Wyatt and the entire Shotgun Sheilas squad on a history-making championship run, and many thanks to all of Fountain City Roller Derby for a phenomenal 2019 season. We can’t wait to join you trackside in 2020!

The 2019 Fountain City Roller Derby Women’s Championship Preview

Fountain City fans, this Saturday night is it! The 2019 Women’s Division championship trophy is on the line, and this season, there’s a very, very good match-up waiting to happen.

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It might look like a repeat of last year’s championship battle — the Shotgun Sheilas are facing off against the Deadly Sirens for the second year in a row, after all — but I’m here to tell you that it’s a repeat in name only.

Here are the current standings going into this weekend’s bouts.

Shotgun Sheilas, 3-0
Points scored: 228
Points allowed: 147
Point differential: +81

Deadly Sirens, 2-1
Points scored: 212
Points allowed: 152
Point differential: +60

Royal Pains, 1-2
Points scored: 181
Points allowed: 183
Point differential: -2

Lovely Lethals, 0-3
Points scored: 152
Points allowed: 291
Point differential: -139

At the moment, the rankings seem pretty clear-cut. The 2018 defending champion Shotgun Sheilas boast an undefeated 3-0 record on the year, and their point differential is the clear-cut winner as well, a full 21 points over the second-place Deadly Sirens. And 21 points is a much bigger deal in MADE than it is in WFTDA, so the big game this weekend oughtta be a no-brainer… right?

As usual, not so fast.

Recall Game 2 back in July when the Sheilas clung to a two-point lead going into the final jam of the bout against the Sirens and hung on for the win, final score 61-59. The stats above clearly do not reflect the intensity of the action and the overall closeness of such a back-and-forth bout. And since that was the only game this season in which these two teams faced off, it muddies the waters a bit, now that it’s time to call a winner for the championship game on Saturday.

Yeah, it’s like that.

With that on the table, we’re predicting a Shotgun Sheilas win by no more than 10 points. If that happens, the Sheilas will become the first ever back-to-back Fountain City Women’s Division champions.

If not… the Deadly Sirens will take home their first Fountain City championship ever. To this day, they’re the only FCRD team to have never won it all, so get to B&D early on Saturday night and don’t miss a moment of the action.

Immediately following the championship game, stick around to see the yearly grudge match, this time between the 1-2 Royal Pains and the 0-3 Lovely Lethals!

Doors open at B&D Skate Center at 6:00 p.m. Saturday night. Get there early and get a good seat. This is one night of Fountain City action you won’t want to miss.

Tickets are still available at Brown Paper Tickets, and they’re always cheaper in advance.

The charity for this month’s bout is the Homeless Period Project. The league will be collecting pads, panty liners, tampons, individually wrapped women’s hygiene products, and quart-size Zip-loc bags for distribution. Feel free to bring any/all of these items in support of the Homeless Period Project.

Saturday night’s event is masquerade-themed as well, so wear your best masquerade outfit and/or makeup for a chance to win a Fountain City swag bag!

Who will bring home the trophy at this Saturday night’s 10th anniversary championship bout? Join us trackside at B&D Skate Center to find out! We’ll see you out there…

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.


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.


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.


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.


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!