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Featured Blacksnake Rollergirl – February 2014

Our featured Blacksnake Rollergirl for February 2014 is Des’amator of the Rushin’ Rollettes!

Name: Des'amator
Team: The Rushin' Rollettes
Number: 9 Volt
Seasons with the Blacksnake Rollergirls: 3

How did you discover the Blacksnake Rollergirls?
“I went to one of the first few bouts the first season and knew it was something I just had to try. So I emailed BRG that night and went to the next practice. I’ve been addicted ever since!”

Explain the origin of your derby name.
“I asked for name suggestions on Facebook, and Des’amator was chosen for me by my friends.”

Who inspires you on the track?
“I am inspired by every derby girl, each one has something amazing and unique that I envy. All of these inspirations constantly help me to become a better player.”

How has roller derby changed your life?
“Derby has definitely changed my life. My confidence has increased, allowing me to accomplish more on the track and off the track. I’ve learned to push myself in everything I do. Since derby is a very mental game, this has allowed me to develop into a much stronger person. And having a big derby family is great too, we all look out for each other and have each others’ backs!”

What is it about roller derby that brings out the best in Des’amator?
“Everything about derby brings out the best in me. Competition, Teamwork, the mental challenge, the physical challenge and motivation all help me be the best person I can be. I’ve learned I can accomplish amazing things when working as a team, and sometimes that means sacrificing myself when necessary. Pushing myself mentally and physically keeps me on my toes and to always expect the unexpected. I’m glad derby found me and molded me into the person I have become. ”

Derby Weekend

Three amazing leagues are playing in and around Kansas City this weekend, derby fans, and as usual, KC Derby Digest is here to make sure you know all about it.

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Dead Girl Derby kicks off their fifth season of flat track excellence at Hale Arena this Saturday night. The Dead Girls are certainly broadening their horizons this season with the addition of separate Zombie League and Co-ed League games to be held at B&D Skate Center in Independence, and we’ll have much more information about those events in the coming weeks. Stay tuned for that.

In the meantime, the four house teams will take the track this Saturday night at Hale to ring in the long-awaited 2014 season. It’s been a miserable winter for most of us, and Dead Girl Derby never fails to heat things up. The first contest of the night will pit the always-dominant Shotgun Sheilas against a Lovely Lethals team we’re frankly expecting some great things from this year. If you’ve been following along at all, you know that 2013 wasn’t terribly kind to the Pink Ladies; we can imagine they’re anxious to put ’13 behind them and get the new season rolling. They’ll get their chance this Saturday night.

The second game of the night features the reigning Dead Girl Derby champions, The Royal Pains, taking on a Deadly Sirens team that also stumbled in a bit in 2013 and really didn’t equal the sum of their parts. You can expect the Teal to roar onto the track in a bid to make an early impression in 2014, particularly against the Purple Passion, who seemed pretty well unstoppable the last time we saw them on eight wheels. Saturday night is going to be quite the caper at Hale Arena. If anyone has something to prove, it’s these Deadly Sirens, and you can bet they’ve got a strategy in place to make sure it happens.

Doors open at 5:00 Saturday night, and the first game begins promptly at 6:00. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for kids ages 6-12. Kids 5 and under will only cost your sanity. Kidding, we love ’em, and it really is fun for the whole family, so bring ’em on out.

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Also on Saturday night, the Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph are kicking off their third season with The Mad Jammers Tea Party at the St. Joseph Civic Arena!

The reigning 2013 BRG champion Danger Dolls look to mix things up with a Jesse Janes team that is looking for some serious redemption in 2014. That’s the first game of the evening. Next up, the Rushin’ Rollettes square off against the Venomous Vixens in what’s guaranteed to be another killer night in St. Joe. All things being equal, the teams within the Blacksnake Rollergirls organization tend to be very well-matched, and it’s that kind of unpredictability that makes their events so much fun to watch. From a fan’s perspective, there’s really no better place to be in St. Joseph on a Saturday night than the Civic Arena cheering on your favorite rollergirls. The ladies of BRG will deliver every time, and between that and the craziness at Hale that same night, there’s really no reason not to lose your voice trackside this weekend.

Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00 Saturday night, and the first game begins at 6:00. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and free as hell for kids 5 and under. Click that link right there and it’ll practically do the work for you.

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Then, on Sunday afternoon, the always-incredible Kansas City Roller Warriors round out the weekend’s derby action with Game 3 of their 2013-14 Winter Season at Winnwood Skate Center.

Doors open at Winnwood at 2:00 Sunday afternoon, and the first whistle is at 3:00. Adult tickets are $13 online at that little link right there, or you can pony up $16 at the door if you’re not into the whole planning thing. Tickets for munchkins are $6 at that link or $8 at the aforementioned door. Rugrats ages 3 and under are admitted free.

The Kansas City Roller Warriors are celebrating 10 years of derby awesomeness in Kansas City by bringing it back to where it all began, so you won’t want to miss it. Whichever your league, whatever your team, we look forward to seeing you trackside in Kansas City this weekend!

Derby Weekend

Wherever you are in or near Kansas City this weekend, chances are you’ll be able to find some flat track action nearby. There’s certainly no shortage of amazing derby goodness going on, and as always, it’s our job to tell you all about it.

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Graphic courtesy of the Cowtown Butchers.

First up, the Cowtown Butchers take the track Saturday night and face off against their MRDA rivals, the Sioux City Kornstalkers. These two ferocious teams are always chomping at the bit to get a piece of each other, and this is your chance to see the latest showdown, as well as your last opportunity to see the Butchers in action in 2013, as Saturday night marks the end of their home season. Join Crimson Cobra and company as they throw down against one of the toughest, most resilient teams in the league and end their successful 2013 season on a high note.

Doors open at 6 p.m., first whistle at 7:00. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under.

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Graphic courtesy of the Blacksnake Rollergirls.

Also Saturday night, the Blacksnake Rollergirls host their Taking a Beating for Breast Cancer fundraiser! Two Blacksnake mash-up teams will face off in the first contest of the evening, and Game 2 features the Blacksnake Rollergirls All Stars taking on Dead Girl Derby‘s Black Plague!

Doors open at the St. Joseph Civic Arena at 5 p.m. Saturday evening. Adults are $12 and kids are just $5. Exactly 100% of the ticket proceeds from this event will benefit Heartland Health for advanced technology in the early detection of breast cancer. Bring some extra cash-ola and participate in their 50/50 drawing, Chuck-a-Duck, and the silent auction. If you haven’t seen the Blacksnake Rollergirls in action this season, this is absolutely your last chance until 2014! Don’t miss it!

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Graphic courtesy of the KCRW Junior Warriors.

Finally, the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby league returns to Winnwood Skate Center this Sunday for their September bout. Tickets are $10 at the door and the fun begins at 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss your last chance this season to see these amazing little ladies tear up the flat track!

Workin’ at the car wash

There’s plenty going on these days in the world of Kansas City roller derby, and we’ll get to everything soon enough, but this weekend you will have five opportunities to support one of your favorite roller derby teams and get your vehicular pride and joy soaped up and back on the road clean as a whistle. Dead Girl Derby and the Blacksnake Rollergirls are holding separate car wash fundraising events around the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas! Come out and support the ladies of Kansas City roller derby!

All events take place Saturday, July 20, 2013:

Shotgun Sheilas Car Wash
Clancy’s Cafe & Pub
800 NW South Outer Rd
Blue Springs, MO
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Deadly Sirens Car Wash
KC Complete Auto Service
6130 Troost
Kansas City, MO
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dead Girl Derby Car Wash: Lethals Edition
Fast Stop
945 S. 55th St.
Kansas City, KS
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Royal Pains Car Wash
Johnny’s Tavern
8707 W. 95th St.
Overland Park, KS
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Blacksnake Rollergirls Car Wash
Auto Zone
520 S. Belt Hwy
St. Joseph, MO
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

KC Derby Digest will be making the rounds and donating to as many of these events as we can, so we may even see you out there!

Seeing Stars

There is no shortage of incredible roller derby action this weekend, and the Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph are certainly doing their part. Their phenomenal 2013 season continues to simmer with Game 6, Seeing Stars, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena this Saturday night.

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It’s a classic Old Teams/New Teams lineup for the BRG, with the Jesse Janes taking on the 2012 champion Venomous Vixens, followed by the Rushin’ Rollettes facing off against the Danger Dolls in the second game of the evening.

In addition, members of the 501st Legion and The Rebel Legion will be making appearances in full Star Wars regalia, and you can dress as your favorite Star Wars character for a chance to win prizes. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the first game begins promptly at 6 p.m.

If you’ve never had the privilege of seeing the Blacksnake Rollergirls in action, this is the perfect opportunity to see these amazingly talented ladies blow the roof off the St. Joseph Civic Arena. There’s nothing quite like it.

Game Photos: June Jump and Jab

The Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph have a way of putting on some of the best derby nights in the Kansas City area. The four teams, while relatively new to the sport, are tenacious, aggressive, spirited, and above all, well-matched. That’s really what fans come to see — exciting, competitive, impassioned roller derby that, dollar for dollar, really can’t be matched anywhere else in the world of Kansas City sports.

Well, as you can imagine, the BRG didn’t disappoint, and we have the game photos.

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The Venomous Vixens brought home the win against a fiery Rushin’ Rollettes team by a score of 81-75, and the Danger Dolls handled the formidable Jesse Janes 95-54. Special props go out to Lucy Brawler, Nic NailHer, and Little Miss Rampage for stepping up and skating with a Jesse Janes team that was short a few ladies due to uncontrollable circumstances. Their sportsmanship and willingness to, you know, skate in back to back games helped the show go on as scheduled.

We would be remiss if we didn’t also send out an extra helping of mad derby love to Lucy Brawler who, whilst temporarily wearing Jesse Janes red, snapped her ankle with half a second left in the game and is already out of surgery and doing well. Lucy tells us she’ll be out for the remainder of the season, but you can expect this pertinacious terror on eight wheels to be back on the flat track and cracking skulls for the Venomous Vixens in ’14.

As always, many thanks to the incredible Blacksnake Rollergirls for another fantastic night of flat track action in St. Joseph, and we look forward to many more.