Photos – KCRW All Stars vs. Nashville

The Kansas City Roller Warriors All Stars scored an impressive 211-101 victory Saturday night over the visiting Nashville Rollergirls, and if you weren’t there to witness it, you missed out on quite a show.

Of course, we’ve got bout photos, because that’s what we do.

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Thanks to the Girl Scouts for joining us for another hard-fought bout, and thanks for the ladies and gents of the Kansas City Roller Warriors for another amazing event the fans won’t soon forget. Plan B takes the track on July 15, and we’ll have more information for you as the time get closer. Roll on, Kansas City!


Bout Photos – Missouri River Rollers Game 3

Last weekend’s bout between the Missouri River Rollers of Atchison and Fountain City Roller Derby‘s Zombie/rec team was pretty intense, and if you missed it (or even if you didn’t), we’ve got some pret-ty awesome photos to share from the event.

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The MRRs closed out their season undefeated, taking down FCRD’s team 65-53 in a bout that didn’t look like much at first, but then ramped up considerably as the night went on. Many thanks again to all the ladies and gents of the Missouri River Rollers for a phenomenal event, and doubly so for including KC Derby Digest in the season’s festivities as well. We’ll be around as long as you want us!

The MRRs are hosting a Halloween-themed event the weekend of October 28, and we’ll keep you posted on that as the days draw nearer.

Missouri River Rollers – Bout 3

This Saturday night, the Missouri River Rollers of Atchison, Kansas take the track at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall for their final bout of the 2017 season, and we’d love to see every Kansas City roller derby fan out there supporting them!

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And they’re taking on our hometown Fountain City Roller Derby, so there’s the added bonus of having your loyalties tested while you’re watching some of the best flat track action the Kansas City area has to offer.

We at KC Derby Digest are big fans of these up-and-coming Missouri River Rollers, and we’re excited to see their inaugural season take off the way it has. We’re also massive fans of the ladies and gents from FCRD, so make the drive to Atchison this Saturday night and join us for a guaranteed good time. It’s Hawaiian-themed, and the afterparty will be at Willie’s Sports Club just down the street.

Hawaii K-O begins at 7:00 Saturday night. Follow the link above for all the details. We will see you this weekend!

Featured Skater – May 2017

Our Featured Skater for the month of May is
Jess Decker of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

Name: Jess Decker
Team: Knockouts, All Stars
Number: 101
Position: Blocker
Seasons with KCRW: 7

How has the league changed in the years you’ve been playing for KCRW?

“The change of venue has been a major development. We struggled, like lots of leagues do, with finding a venue, and I love our new home at Memorial Hall in KCK.”

Longtime veterans like you often serve as inspiration for fresh meat and Junior-age skaters. Where do you get YOUR inspiration?

“From other skaters, of course. I can’t help but be inspired by skaters like Bruz Her, Enigma, and Rump Wrecker, and through the years there are countless others like Evolution, Eclipse, Bella Fire, and Annie Maul.”

Any memorable injuries over the years?

“In Feb 2016 I broke my left fibula. That was a pretty big deal. I had never broken a bone before, so I had no idea how big an effect it would have on my life over the next couple months. What I did not expect was the amazing support I received from my friends in the derby community. There were times it brought tears to my eyes. I guess you never realize the support available to you until you need it. My experience inspired me to reach out to skaters when they are going through difficulties and do what I can to support them.”

Roller derby changes every life it touches. How has it changed yours?

“Four years ago I decided to go to school to become a chiropractor. One thing that breaks my heart in derby is seeing people forced to retire because of injuries. My first couple years, it seemed I could not fall without injuring my knees. After some chiropractic care, that stopped happening and I’ve had no difficulty with my knees since. I believe a well-balanced body is less injury prone and can take the beating inherent to our sport while remaining healthy and strong. My dream is to be able to help athletes stay in the game until they decide to retire because they want to pursue other fun goals, not because their body can’t keep up with where their heart wants to take them in this sport.”

You announced your retirement right before the Rink of Fire. What’s next for Jess Decker?

“I’ve always been a skater, so more skating, of course! I’m competing in artistic skating, going to regionals, and hoping to qualify for nationals in Lincoln in August. Also, I love the derby community, so I’m planning to stick around KCRW and find a place reffing and announcing and keep cheering on my favorite skaters. Oh, and finishing my final year of chiropractic school.”

To see more of Jess Decker and all of the Kansas City Roller Warriors in action, visit our photo albums on Smugmug, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Instagram.

The 2017 Rink of Fire Preview

This Saturday night at Memorial Hall, the Kansas City Roller Warriors will take the track for the final time this season to decide who brings home the coveted Warder Cup at the 2017 Rink of Fire Championship!

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So let’s get down to brass tacks. This year’s championship bout is four months in the making and features the undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys taking on everyone’s favorite schoolyard bullies, the Black Eye Susans.

The Dorothys come in with a flawless record (6-0) for the first time since 2011. They’ve taken down every other KCRW team twice this season, and they’ve done it in impressive fashion, outscoring their opponents 1234-939. That gives them a point differential of +295, which is hands down the best in the league.

The rough and tumble Black Eye Susans, tough as they always are, come into the Rink of Fire boasting only a 3-3 record. Although they’ve outscored their opponents this season 1130-1074, giving them a point differential of +56, their meetings against the Dorothys both resulted in losses for the BES. The Ruby Reds have outscored the Black & Yellow in head-to-head action this season by a combined total of 411-348, for an average of 31.5 points per game.

That’s actually not a lot. In WFTDA competition, a 32-point win (or loss) is hardly a blowout, and consider also that the first meeting of the season between these two teams in Game 1 was a knock-down drag-out that saw the Dorothys win, but also gave us some of the best back-and-forth action we saw all season long. Anyone predicting a snoozer Saturday night is going to be proven terribly wrong.

Having said that, we’re predicting a Dreadnought Dorothys win by no more than 28 points. Expect that, but also expect these Susans to bring every. thing. they’ve. got. in this final bout of the season. Imagine what an upset victory it would be for a 3-3 team to take down a 6-0 team and claim the Warder Cup in the Rink of Fire. To my knowledge, it’s never been done. Saturday night, we’re going to see exactly what both of these teams are made of, and it’s going to be fun.

Doors open at Memorial Hall in KCK at 5:00 Saturday night. Adult tickets at the door are only $15. Kids ages 6-12 are $9 each, and wee ones 5 and under are admitted free, as always.

The first bout of the evening features the Knockouts (2-4) squaring off against the Victory Vixens (1-5). The first whistle is promptly at 6:00, and the championship bout between the Dorothys and Susans will follow immediately after.

Join us at Memorial Hall this Saturday night for the 2017 Rink of Fire championship! We hope to see you all there!

The 2017 Royal Pains

In case you missed it: Saturday night at Fountain City Roller Derby championships, the undefeated Royal Pains brought home the trophy by defeating the indefatigable Shotgun Sheilas by a final score of 74-51.

In doing so, they became the first three-time champions in Fountain City history.

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We hope to have the entire photo album published sometime this week. In the meantime, congratulations to the 2017 Royal Pains on another royal victory and a magnificent 2017 season!

Fountain City Roller Derby 2017 Ladies Division Championships

This Saturday night, the Ladies Division of Fountain City Roller Derby will hold its annual championship bout, and as it always is, it’s going to be one for the books.

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Going into championships this year, it seems we have a very neat, orderly win-loss breakdown:

Royal Pains 3-0
Shotgun Sheilas 2-1
Deadly Sirens 1-2
Lovely Lethals 0-3

Things in this league aren’t usually so tidy. The undefeated Royal Pains will be vying for another FCRD championship trophy, and they’ll be taking on the Shotgun Sheilas — also making their umpteenth championship appearance — whose only loss this season came at the hands of the Pains back in January. And any suggestion that the undefeated team is automatically the clear-cut favorite doesn’t take into account things like… you know, the Shotgun Sheilas.

And while it’s true the Pains scored a solid 68-42 win over the Sheilas in their only contest this season, it’s unlikely this weekend’s championship game is going to be as cut and dried as this year’s win-loss totals.

In other league news, the Lovely Lethals have struggled through 2017 with an 0-3 record, but it’s certainly not due to a lack of fire (see what I did there?). And the Deadly Sirens‘ 1-2 record in no way reflects the strides this incredible squad has made since last season. These two impressive, talented teams will face off in Saturday night’s annual grudge match right before the championship game, so get there early and don’t miss a moment of this weekend’s action.

Don’t kid yourself — Fountain City’s season isn’t over after Saturday night. This summer will be full of Zombie and Coed League action at B&D, so stay tuned to KC Derby Digest here on the web site and on social media, and we’ll keep you up to date on all the upcoming flat track action this amazing league brings as the year goes on.

We will see you Saturday night at B&D Skate Center for the Fountain City Roller Derby Ladies Division Championships!