If you’ve never been to a Blacksnake Rollergirls event at the St. Joseph Civic Arena — or more specifically, if you missed this weekend’s games — then we here at KC Derby Digest certainly pity the fool. Because you missed what will, without a doubt, go down as two of the closest, hardest-fought games of the 2013 season.
The first game of the evening saw the newly-formed Danger Dolls take on the second-year Jesse Janesand win in a fist-pounding nailbiter, 86-84. The second game was even closer than that, literally coming down to the very last jam, a zero-sum event that saw the 2012 champion Venomous Vixens cling to a 113-112 win over the Rushin’ Rollettes that left everyone in the Civic Arena holding their breath on the edge of their seats. There really is no sufficient hyperbole here — the Blacksnake Rollergirls killed it this weekend.
And we have the pictures.
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The next event in St. Joseph is on April 13th, and we will, as always, be bringing you reminders as the date draws near, as we do with all the leagues. Congratulations to everyone in the Blacksnake Rollergirls organization for giving the fans exactly what they showed up to see Saturday night. We can’t wait to see you again!
It’s time to get geared up once again for some amazing Dead Girl Derby action! Game 2 is tomorrow night at Hale Arena, and if you were there last month — or heard anything at all about it — you definitely, definitely don’t want to miss this!
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You can get your tickets here through Ticketmaster if you so desire, or tomorrow night at the door, if you dare. KC Derby Digest will, of course, be on hand to document the awesomeness — we’ll see you there!
As derby fans know by now, the Kansas City Roller Warriors kicked off their 2013 season this past Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium with what is almost certainly the best home opener we’ve seen since we began following the Greatest Sport in the World lo, those many seasons ago.
The Black Eye Susans and the Dreadnought Dorothys took the track in the first game of the evening in a bit of a rout that saw the Susans come out on top 283-115. Insanity ensued between games when the audience was essentially invited out into the infield for an impromptu performance of the Harlem Shake, and afterwards, the 2012 Champion Victory Vixens and the 2012 third place team, the Knockouts, slugged out a stunner that saw the Knockouts take the win by only 16 points, 146-130.
Naturally, we took pictures.
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Thus the season begins with both the Susans and KOs with 1-0 records at the same time for the first time since God only knows when. Both of these teams have come a very long way in the last couple of years, and from what we saw Saturday night, 2013 promises to be a very exciting season, with so many of the house teams apparently so well-matched. The Rink of Fire championship is definitely up for grabs this year. We can’t wait to see who takes it home.
Many thanks, as usual, to the entire Kansas City Roller Warriors organization for putting on one hell of a show Saturday night. We’re already looking forward to April 6th.
You read that right — the ninth season of the Kansas City Roller Warriors commences this Saturday night at Municipal Auditorium!
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Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the first bout begins at 6:00. This weekend’s bouts feature the Dreadnought Dorothys taking on the Black Eye Susans in the first game of the evening, followed by the Knockouts vs. the Victory Vixens in game two.
You can purchase tickets to this weekend’s bout night at KCRW‘s Shopify store, and you can also purchase your Rumble Bundle there, for those so inclined.
KC Derby Digest will be on hand, of course, to provide photographic evidence of this incredible new season, one that I’m told holds a great many surprises in store for the fans they hold so dear. We look forward to seeing these amazing ladies in action once again. See you Saturday night!
Season 3 of Dead Girl Derby began beautifully this past Sunday night, and I can’t prove it, but despite the nervous chatter and hamster-esque jitters I was fortunate enough to witness via Facebook the week prior, I’m going to go on record to say that no one was more excited than I was. I know, I might need some help with that claim.
You see, KC Derby Digest didn’t exist last season, and this was our chance to finally come out to the bouts in official capacity and cover the games in a way only pseudo-journalists still learning their way around a DSLR can — so clearly, the ladies who lace up and take the hits have nothing on us. Theirs is a mild anxiety. Chortle.
But Game 1, affectionately named Night of the Loving Dead III: Only Fools Fall and Shove, showed us a few things, and if Sunday night was any indication of the action to come this year, there shouldn’t be an empty seat in the house for the next six months. Let’s go.
4. Mel Breakdown is everything we thought she was.
Every now and again, even the most highly-anticipated athletes flop, and sometimes it has as much to do with the very fact that they’re so highly anticipated as it does anything else; it gets in their heads, and sometimes the pressure runs them straight into the ground.
Well… that isn’t the case with Mel Breakdown. Remember our interview with Mel back in November in which we touted the tenacity and mad skillz of this league ref-turned-rollergirl? And a bit later when we buzzed with excitement over the Royal Pains’ new recruits and what it meant for the season? None of it got inside their heads, and Sunday night, we saw firsthand what Mel and Their Highnesses are really made of. They didn’t quite pull out the win against the new Shotgun Sheilas (more about that in a minute), but any team that underestimates this Pains squad in 2012 does so at its own peril.
Just… good luck.
We don’t yet have final stats for the game, but anyone in the peanut gallery who might have wondered whether a ref could switch hats and skate with the big girls is certainly munching those words now. She’s tough, she’s resilient, she’s constantly aware of her surroundings on the track, and her technique has even garnered kudos from a derby coach two time zones away. Mel Breakdown‘s debut season is off to a fantastic start, and intuitively, I have a feeling this double threat has yet to even release the hounds.
3. 10aciousV will be one to watch.
“Sweet, someone’s lunch for me to eat.”
How about that, another Royal Pains recruit who had a fantastic night and had to have made an impression on everyone in attendance. Again, we don’t have stats yet, but for a while there, it seemed like every time I looked up, this impressive rookie was wearing the star and slipping past the Sheilas’ blockers like a greased weasel. She also had her own cheering section that could have populated a country in Southeast Asia with an accompanying decibel level akin to a Justin Bieber concert. Not that I’ve ever been to Southeast Asia.
At one point, one of my favorite Pains, Callie Ente, tackle-hugged 10aciousV after a particularly successful jam in a show of team camaraderie like I hadn’t seen since the Fearleaders won their first game last season. If you’re a fan, or if you’re a skater on an opposing team, you would do well to keep an eye on 10aciousV in 2012, because like Mel, you can ignore her at your own risk.
2. Season 3 > Season 2
Were you there on Sunday night?
Did you see some of that action?
I actually overheard (overread?) on Facebook this week that the first game of the season “looked like the first game of the season.” Once I’d wiped the Coke off my screen, I caught myself thinking: what do you want from yourself???Night of the Loving Dead III was an electrifying, ball-crushing success pretty much from start to finish. You’d almost have to be a bean-counting league insider to see Sunday night any other way (we are our own worst critics, after all), but that’s really the best part — Season 3 is going to blow Season 2 out of the water. And that is saying something.
I know this because…
1. There is no predicting the 2012 Dead Girl Derby Champion.
Last year, I had the league champion narrowed down to one (or maybe two) teams by the halfway point in the season. This year, good luck with that. As well-matched as the house teams were in 2011, Sunday night showed us that much has happened since the Dead Girls last took the track, all of it good.
For one thing, the Shotgun Sheilas only beat the Royal Pains by 16 points — a relatively solid win in basketball, but barely the skin of your teeth in flat track roller derby. And the truth is that most of the game was much closer than that; the lead didn’t begin to widen until relatively late in the game, and up to that point, it always seemed to be a matter of a few points in one direction or the other.
The Lethals/Sirens game was a lot like this too, with the Lovely Lethals coming out on top by a margin of only 17 points — a close shave by derby standards, but a final score of 83-66 just doesn’t reflect what a maddeningly close, hard-hitting, fist-pounding game it actually was. In fact, both games really just came down to which team was ahead when the clock happened to run out, not which team actually beat the other. If hypothetically we had no time constraints, the lead would have continually changed hands all night long until somebody dropped dead.
Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.
The bottom line is that every game is up for grabs this year, never mind the championship, and this is a good thing. There’s nothing worse than always knowing in advance who’s going to win. Nobody wants that kind of repetitive predictability in a sports league. The Lovely Lethals are as formidable as they ever were; the Deadly Sirens pack a wallop even without their top scorer from last season, who will remain nameless; the Shotgun Sheilas look better than the Fearleaders ever did, which is saying something; and the Royal Pains are so vastly improved over last year that I hardly recognize them. This season is shaping up to be pure insanity. If attendance at Dead Girl Derby‘s games drops this year, it’s because we’re all having heart attacks from the last game we attended.
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