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The 2014 Rushin’ Rollettes

If you’ve been following the KC Derby Digest Experience on various social media, you know by now that the Rushin’ Rollettes captured the Blacksnake Rollergirls 2014 championship this past weekend at the St. Joseph Civic Arena for the first time in their brief history.

We’d predicted a Danger Dolls win by about a dozen points or so, but the Rollettes surprised us — in a good way! — by taking home the trophy in one of the better games we’ve seen this season, final score 39-30.


The 2014 champion Rushin’ Rollettes

The Venomous Vixens tasted victory Saturday night as well, taking down the Jesse Janes in the pre-championship grudge match 51-38. KC Derby Digest was on hand, of course, to capture the madness, and we’ll let you know the moment the photo album has been published.

Congratulations to everyone in the Blacksnake Rollergirls organization for a phenomenal third season of flat track action in St. Joseph. We couldn’t be more thrilled to see this league take off the way it has. They have an all-star game against the Fountain City travel team coming up, as well as a charity game in St. Joe in mid-September, so we’ll keep you posted on your next opportunity to see these amazing Blacksnake ladies in action.

Sith Happens

Tonight, at the St. Joseph Civic Arena, the Blacksnake Rollergirls take the track for Sith Happens, a Star Wars-themed night of flat track awesomeness that also happens to be their 2014 championship games!


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Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00. The first game of the night will be a grudge match between the Jesse Janes and the Venomous Vixens. Then, in the championship event, the defending champion Danger Dolls take on the always-threatening Rushin’ Rollettes, who are looking for their first championship in their brief two-year history.

The first whistle is at 6:00, and for the championship game, we’re predicting a Danger Dolls win by a margin of about 12. Both the Dolls and Rollettes have fought some pretty bruising competition to earn a spot in this year’s league champs, and we’re giving the Dolls the edge here based partially on their 10-point victory over the Rollettes back in April. You can expect all of these ladies to bring their A-games for tonight’s event, and we can’t to see how it all shakes out.

As always, you can follow us on our Twitter page for scores and highlights if you’re not able to make it to St. Joe tonight, and whether you’re there or not, follow along as the evening progresses on our Instagram page as we take you behind the scenes of one of the most dynamic and entertaining flat track leagues the Kansas City area has to offer.

Regardless of the tonight’s outcomes, you can expect some of the hardest-hitting contests of the season tonight in St. Joseph, so don’t miss it. We will see you there!

(More) Tons of Bout Photos

It’s kind of exciting to be this caught up on derby photos this late in the season. As I was explaining to a friend just the other night, given the sheer number of leagues we cover on KC Derby Digest, it’s nearly impossible to keep photos on schedule throughout the season without fail. If nothing else, life gets in the way.

But Kansas City, as you know, has so much incredible roller derby action going on this time of year that if you’re going to keep yourself fed and on any kind of sleep schedule, you’re almost guaranteed, in our line of work, to fall behind at some point. It’s a good thing we’re just so darned dedicated, because today we bring you a whole entire slew of photos from recent events and bouts you hopefully didn’t miss, even if you haven’t seen the albums.

Just for fun, let’s see how long we can stick with a wacky “fall down/go boom” theme.


Dead Girl Derby’s Coed League

We’ve already touted the Untouchables and the Public Enemies as the best new thing in Kansas City roller derby since the Banked Beauties made their debut back in 2012 (a league we hope to see again). Competitive coed roller derby is something Kansas City has never seen before, and to be sure, this crop of Dead Girls and Guys has made the most of a fantastic idea. They held their most recent game back on June 22, and we have the photos for you.


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Going backwards in time here, the Coed League held their second game of the season on May 18th, and we were there as well, capturing the madness on digital film for your enjoyment. Don’t kid yourself, though, it was for ours too.


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Dead Girl Derby’s Zombie League

Once upon a time, there was only Black Plague and Gang Green, and today, that tradition lives on stronger than ever through Dead Girl Derby‘s Zombie League.

Their most recent game was also on June 22, alongside the Coed League.


Game 3.

And likewise, rewinding the clock a bit, Game 2 for the Zombie League was also on May 18, so here you have it.


Game 2.


Fountain City Expo Games

Come September 8th, Dead Girl Derby will officially become known as Fountain City Roller Derby, a name change we’ve already squealed like a girl over in recent days and can’t wait to see finally take place.

About this time last month, the Coed League, Zombie League, and Fountain City travel teams held a unique outdoor event at the Alamo Drafthouse and put their mad derby skillz on display before riffing all over Whip It as part of a league fundraiser hosted by the Alamo. It was the most exciting new event in a long time, and we, of course, wouldn’t have missed it.


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Blacksnake Rollergirls

If you haven’t been up to St. Joseph to witness the flat track awesomeness that is the Blacksnake Rollergirls at the Civic Arena, you’re definitely missing out. Dead Girl Derby‘s sister league puts on a heck of a show every month, and the league is growing like a weed. They went from two house teams to four after just one season — the 2013 house championship was won by the Danger Dolls, one of the expansion teams — and there’s been no stopping them ever since.

KC Derby Digest unfortunately had to miss the BRGs’ most recent game because it was slated for July 12th, the same night as the Dead Girls, but last month’s games on June 7th were as wild as they ever were, and we were definitely there for that. It was a 60s-themed event called Peace Love & Roller Derby, so… what’s not to love?


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Previously on the Blacksnake Rollergirls‘ schedule was a May event known as ABLOCKalypse Now, a military appreciation-themed event that took place near Memorial Day, and true to its name…


ABLOCKalypse Now.


What’s Next

Dead Girl Derby‘s third house game of the season was this past Saturday night at Hale Arena, and in the spirit of this whole keeping-up-with-photos thing we’ve got going on at the moment, we hope to have those published sometime this week.

The NEMO Viqueens, our favorite flat track team out of Kirksville, Missouri, has invited us to shoot their upcoming bout, and both the Dead Girls and the Blacksnake Rollergirls have August and September events we plan to cover as well. The 2014 season is in full swing and there’s still plenty left, including the respective championships, so stay tuned to KC Derby Digest and all our social media for the latest. As incredible as the season’s been so far… something tells us the best is still in front of us.

Derby Saturday

This weekend features another perilous Saturday night in which Kansas City roller derby fans must choose their league. These things happen, especially to us. When you follow as much derby as we do, you’re bound to run into date conflicts, and until technology catches up with our love of derby, we can only be in one place at a time.

Above all, we like to keep readers informed so they can make informed choices about how to spend their roller derby dollar. We love our Dead Girls and Blacksnake ladies, but stop scheduling games on the same night, mmmkay? Kthx.


Dead Girl Derby – Game 3

Hale Arena is the place to be for Dead Girl Derby action Saturday night. Doors open at 5:00, the first game begins at 6:00, and you won’t want to miss this one. It’s the last game of the season before the championship games on August 16th. The Deadly Sirens take on the formidable Shotgun Sheilas in game one of the night’s festivities, and the reigning champion Royal Pains face off against the Lovely Lethals in game two.


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KC Derby Digest will be there, camera in hand, to document the madness, so get to Hale Arena early and don’t miss these incredible ladies in one of their final games under the Dead Girl Derby name. Adult tickets at the door are $15, kids 6-12 are $7, and children 5 and under are admitted free.


Wicked Witches of the Mid-West

For Blacksnake Rollergirls action on the flat track, there is only the St. Joseph Civic Arena, and that’s where you can find this outstanding league this Saturday night. This weekend’s Wizard of Oz themed event will first feature the Kansas City Roller Warriors Junior Derby league in game one, followed by a two-team Blacksnake mash-up contest in game two.


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Tickets at the door are $12 for adults, $7 for kids 6-12, and $0 for rugrats ages 5 and under. Doors open at the Civic Arena at 5:00. They also have a Chuck-a-Duck contest for great prizes, as well as a 50/50 drawing for cashola.

Best of luck to all the ladies of Kansas City and St. Joseph roller derby this Saturday night! Be sure to follow us on The Twitter for all the scores and highlights this weekend, and we will see you trackside, Kansas City. Roll on!

Sunday, Derby Sunday

Roller derby fans in Kansas City are sometimes treated to the kind of phenomenon we’re faced with this weekend: two of the most amazing leagues in this town had the audacity to schedule bouts on the same night without consulting us. I know, what were they thinking? Fortunately for you, KC Derby Digest is here to do absolutely nothing about it. We certainly can’t help you decide — because if we can’t, then you’re on your own.


Derby problems.

But one thing we are good for is letting you in on where you can find all the amazing derby action, and well, we’re frankly good at that. So let’s get to it.


KCRW vs. ARRG


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Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Roller Warriors.

It’s been a few years since the Arch Rival Roller Girls of St. Louis paid a visit to Kansas City, and this Sunday afternoon, they’ll be stopping by Winnwood Skate Center for another taste of what these Kansas City Roller Warriors are all about. Doors open at 2:00, and the games begin at 3:00 with Plan B taking on the Arch Rival B Team in the first contest. Adult tickets are $16 and kids are $8. Rugrats 3 and under are always free. Click that photo up there for full event information.


Dead Girl Derby’s Zombie/Coed Leagues

One of the coolest things going in the world of Kansas City roller derby these days is the formation of Dead Girl Derby‘s Coed League. We’ve spent quite a bit of time recently talking up this innovative branch of one of Kansas City’s premiere leagues, and this Sunday night, at B&D Skate Center, you’ll get your chance to see them in action alongside the Zombie League in another double-header guaranteed to blow the roof off the place.


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Photo courtesy of Dead Girl Derby.

We’re unclear at this point who plays first, but it really makes no difference, because you won’t want to miss either one. Doors open at 5:00 and the first bout begins at 5:30. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6-12, and no charge for kids ages 5 and under.

B&D Skate Center is located at 13903 S Noland Ct in Independence. Join us for some of the best up-and-coming talent Kansas City has to offer, as well as some of the biggest names to ever take the flat track in this town. We will see you this weekend for Derby Sunday!

(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.