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(Tons of) Bout Photos

One thing any derby fan worth his/her salt has realized in the three-ish years we’ve been doing this is that we have a lot of roller derby in this town. And that’s a good thing. Whatever your preference, whether it’s hard-hitting men’s flat track action, the WFTDA rule set, the MADE rule set, or amazing coed bouts, Kansas City roller derby has nearly everything a fan of the flat track could possibly want.

Alongside all that amazing sports action is a plethora of bout photos that we at KC Derby Digest take great pride in… and that sometimes backs us up a week or two. When you follow as much roller derby insanity as we do, that tends to happen. Game dates conflict, photos get backlogged, and we get frazzled. But it’s what we do, and we love it.

Having said that, let’s get caught up on some of the amazing bouts this fantastic city has to offer during derby season.

The 2014 Rink of Fire

Teal Teal Teal! Kill Kill Kill! The Knockouts are the 2014 Rink of Fire champions for the first time ever. They took down the formidable Black Eye Susans 134-99 in a championship bout we won’t soon forget.

Earlier that evening, the Victory Vixens secured third place against the surging Dreadnought Dorothys, who as we said earlier this week, are not to be underestimated in the coming season(s). They’ve had a rough go of it the last couple of years, but given their performance on the track at the Rink of Fire, they’re on their way back up in a big way.

Bout photos are published, people!

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Dead Girl Derby’s Coed League

One thing that’s never been seen before in Kansas City is coed flat track roller derby. We’ve had mash-ups in the past and pick-up leagues on the banked track that sporadically featured coed action, but never before has a league featured established coed teams in which the ladies and gents directly competed on a regularly scheduled basis. Well, thanks to Dead Girl Derby, that’s all changed, and history has been made in the process.

The Public Enemies and the Untouchables debuted last month at B&D Skate Center, and we couldn’t have been more excited. The coed league not only features some of the most promising up-and-coming talent Kansas City has to offer, it also boasts some of the biggest names to ever take the track in this town, names like Bomb Pop, Jamalamadingdong, and Red Ripper, just to name a few. Ladies are coming out of retirement to play for this league, so if that doesn’t tell you how huge this is, I have some beachfront property in the desert southwest I’d like to see if you’re interested in.

Last month’s coed bout featured some of the best derby photos we’ve ever had the privilege of publishing, and you can check them out here.

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The next coed bout will be on Sunday, May 18th at B&D Skate Center, and we’ll be sure and bring you reminders about that on Facebook and here on the web site.

Zombie League

Last season, the good people at Dead Girl Derby had one of the greatest new ideas we’ve seen since we started following this fine sport back in 2010: take the skaters who aren’t rostered for that month’s bout, for whatever reason, and roster them for a B-team-style bout against each other. They brought back the OG team names — Black Plague and Gang Green — but kept the lineups consistent and offered it up to the crowd as the third game of the evening. Fans received thrice the derby action for their money, and the ladies involved got some valuable experience on the track — and in front of an audience — that they might not have otherwise gotten.

And as this league continues to grow by leaps and friggin’ bounds, so will the amazing action fans are treated to both at Hale Arena and at B&D Skate Center. The Zombie League debuted last month alongside the Coed League, and the results were incredible. As always, we have the photos.

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The Zombie League’s next game is again on the same night as the Coed League, May 18th. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, we’ll keep you updated.

28 Skates Later

The Blacksnake Rollergirls of St. Joseph are now in their third season and loving every minute of it. As their derby footprint continues to grow, so will their coverage here on KC Derby Digest regardless of the fact that St. Joe isn’t technically Kansas City. The league itself was founded by former Dead Girl and Royal Pain Notorious L.I.Z., who has been in the news herself recently due to some unfortunate circumstances they’re still recovering from. However, last month’s zombie-themed event, 28 Skates Later, was an incredible success at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, and as always, we were on hand to join in the festivities.

The four St. Joseph teams — the Jesse Janes, the Venomous Vixens, the Danger Dolls, and the Rushin’ Rollettes — are really starting to dazzle some people with their skill and tenacity on eight wheels, and we look forward to their bouts every month, never mind the 55-mile drive. These BRGs make it worth every mile, and if you’re so inclined, we would encourage you to check out their next game on June 7.

For now, we’ve got photos from 28 Skates Later, zombie makeup and all:

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As always, keep an eye on KC Derby Digest‘s Facebook page for upcoming bouts, events, and fundraisers, and we will see you trackside, coming soon! Roll on, Kansas City!

2014 Rink of Fire

If you’ve been following the KC Derby Digest Experience on social media, or if you were among the record-breaking crowds at Municipal Auditorium the evening of the 19th, you’re already in the know about who won the 2014 Rink of Fire Championship for the first time in the long and storied history of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

Our Ladies in Teal, the Knockouts, took the trophy for the first time ever, final score 134-99. After last season’s heartbreaking last-minute loss to the 2013 champion Black Eye Susans, the Knockouts roared back in ’14 to an undefeated season that included this victory over the Susans and sealed their place in Kansas City roller derby history.

Photos to come. For now, your 2014 Rink of Fire champion Knockouts.

We are quickly getting caught up on photos, and in fact, we are working on the Rink of Fire set now, so as soon as they’re published, we’ll let you know. Congratulations also to the Victory Vixens for their third-place finish over a Dreadnought Dorothys team that has made some very impressive strides over the last couple of years and will be quite difficult to handle in the coming seasons. The Kansas City Roller Warriors always promise some very competitive, hard-hitting flat track action in KC, and they never disappoint. Congratulations to all the ladies of KCRW for a terrific 2013-14 Winter Season, and we look forward to seeing our Roller Warriors again on May 18th as the All-Stars and Plan B take the track at Winnwood Skate Center for their final home appearance of the year.

28 Skates Later

Tonight, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, the Blacksnake Rollergirls host Game 3 — aptly titled 28 Skates Later — and for a handful of reasons, it may turn out to be one of the most important events of their incredible 2014 season.

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Someone will be bringing home their first win of the season… and someone else will be notching their first L of 2014.

First on the agenda tonight, the Jesse Janes and the Venomous Vixens are both vying for their first win of the season. These two thus-far winless teams are hardly short on talent; both are quality teams with fantastic rosters that just haven’t hit their stride yet this year and look for things to start turning around tonight. The second game of the night features two undefeated teams in the Rushin’ Rollettes and Danger Dolls, both of them expansion teams that were new to the league last year. The Danger Dolls are the defending Blacksnake Rollergirls champions, but look for the Rollettes to aim their high-speed artillery squarely at the Ladies in Blue in a bid to possibly take home the house cup this season. Both games tonight should be extremely competitive and close, and we can’t wait to see who comes out on top.

As always, there will be a 50/50 raffle, the Chuck-a-Duck contest between games, terrific vendors, and all the BRG merch you can afford. Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00 p.m., and the first game will begin promptly at 6:00. Join us in St. Joseph tonight for 28 Skates Later!

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!

KCRW Winter Season – Bout 1

KC Derby Digest was unfortunately unable to attend this weekend’s Kansas City Roller Warriors Winter Season kick-off bout, and we’re definitely kicking ourselves for that, but fear not — there is much more derby action to come from this incredible league in 2014 as their first-ever winter season continues.

The Knockouts continued their reign of terror as they took down the formidable Dreadnought Dorothys 186-68 in Game 1 of Sunday’s festivities. Game 2 saw the reigning Rink of Fire champion Black Eye Susans follow suit as they defeated the Victory Vixens by a score of 166-78.

KCRW‘s next home bout will be January 12 at Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City. We’ll let you know when tickets are available; keep an eye on our Facebook page for any and all announcements (from any and all Kansas City roller derby leagues) regarding upcoming events, tickets, and fundraisers.

G.I. Jam – KCRW Expo Bout

Roller derby fans, this is a first for the Kansas City Roller Warriors, and the recent changes they’ve made mean we get our derby action months earlier than we would have normally. This Sunday afternoon, at Winnwood Skate Center in Kansas City, the Winter Season 2013-14 begins!

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Taken from the Kansas City Roller Warriors‘ G.I. Jam press release:

“The Kansas City Roller Warriors will be hosting the G.I. Jam, a roller derby event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on November 17.

To show our appreciation for the service of our nation’s military, on November 17, 2013 KCRW is teaming up with the Wounded Warrior Project to present a military-themed double header bout, a portion of the proceeds from which will go to help further the WWP goal of honoring and empowering wounded service members. The first bout will start at 3 p.m. at Winnwood Skate Center, 4426 N.E. Winn Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Adults: $13 in Advance, $16 at the Door
Children: $6 in Advance, $8 at the Door – Ages 3 and under are Free

BOUT 1: The Slaughterhouse Sailors vs. The G.I. Janes

Skating for the Slaughterhouse Sailors:
Angry Berta, Ash Ketch Em, Golden Meanie, Hella Hitzgerald, JenOOH!cide, Love Tap, Lunesta, Mayhem Meyers, Mexicutioner, Peanut Butter Panic, Remy Killjoy, Tara Tendon, Technalongi, and the legendary Xcelerator!

Skating for the G.I. Janes:
Erin No Bragh, Hacksaw Hattie, Hey You, Hydrogen Bombshell, Impale Ale, Madam McBomb, Nancy Pants, Raia Sunshine, Rayna Payne, Reptar, Rump Wrecker, Stratus Fear, Twisted Momma, and Vespa!

BOUT 2: The Fly Girls vs. The Devil Dames

Skating for The Fly Girls:
Annie Maul, Bruz Her, Bonita Bandita, Bubonic Peg, Buffy Slammers, Decker, FO, Hoss, Jamalamadingdong, L. Chupacabra, Road Hash, Ruth Canal, Shady O’Dread, Shirley Gonnahitya, and Skamakazee!

Skating for the Devil Dames:
Barbrarian, Betty Jean, Black Ice, Enigma, Fat Lips, Jade Lightning, Mary Lou Wretched, Pandamoanium, RamRam, reCycleHer, Sk8l Attraction, Sneaky Pete, Trauma, and Tuff Noogies!

We hope to see you all out at Winnwood Skate Center this Sunday afternoon for Season 10!