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!

Kansas City Roller Warriors Bout 6

This Saturday night, the Kansas City Roller Warriors will host Bout 6 of the 2017 season at Memorial Hall, and I know we keep saying this, but you really won’t want to miss this one.

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It’s Girl Scout night at the derbs, and special guest attendees this weekend will include the Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri. The Girl Scouts joined the Roller Warriors at a bout last season as well, and we’re thrilled to hear they’ll be trackside again this year.

Doors open at 5:00 p.m., and the games begin at 6:00. The surging Black Eye Susans will take on the Knockouts to begin the evening’s festivities, followed by the still-undefeated Dreadnought Dorothys facing off against the Victory Vixens. And if you stick around long enough, there may even be a treat afterwards.

Adult tickets are $15 at the door. Kids ages 6-12 are $9, and wee ones 5 and under are admitted free.

Join the Kansas City Roller Warriors this Saturday night for Bout 6! Do not miss it!

Missouri River Rollers – Game 2

Get ready for some serious flat track action this Saturday night in Atchison, Kansas, because the Missouri River Rollers are back at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, and you’re not going to want to miss it.

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The MRRs are riding a wave of enthusiasm after last month’s soaring win over the Benton County Derby Dames in a debut bout that can only be described as phenomenally successful. This Saturday night, they hope to have a repeat performance as they take on the formidable Franklin County Fury in a prom-themed event they’re calling A Night to Remember.

Adult tickets are only $7 at the door. Students ages 13-17 are $5, and kiddos 12 and under are admitted free. College students with a valid student ID can get buy one/get one adult tickets at the door as well. Military servicemen and women will receive the student rate (please show military ID, and thank you always for your service).

Doors open at 6:00 p.m., and the fun begins at 7:00.

If you’ve never seen modern-day flat track roller derby in all its splendor, this is the perfect opportunity! We hope to see everyone at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall in Atchison this Saturday night!

April Derby Dates and Conflicts

April’s derby schedule is flat insane. There is a bout night every Saturday next month except one, and there’s also a Friday thrown in for good measure.

Can you handle it?

Luckily, there’s only one conflict in April, and frankly, the conflicting leagues more or less serve different audiences. Still, preparedness.

Saturday, April 1
Kansas City Roller Warriors Bout 5
Memorial Hall, KCK
5:00 p.m. doors, 6:00 p.m. first whistle
Victory Vixens vs. Black Eye Susans
Dreadnought Dorothys vs. Knockouts
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Friday, April 14
Kansas City Roller Warriors host the Omaha Rollergirls
Memorial Hall, KCK
KCRW Plan B vs. Omaha B Team
KCRW vs. Omaha Rollergirls
6:30 p.m. first whistle
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Saturday, April 15
Kansas City Roller Warriors host the Omaha Rollergirls and the Oklahoma Victory Dolls
Memorial Hall, KCK
11:00 a.m.: Omaha B Team vs. OKVD B Team
1:00 p.m.: OKVD vs. Omaha Rollergirls
4:00 p.m.: KCRW Plan B vs. OKVD B Team
6:00 p.m.: KCRW All Stars vs. OKVD
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Saturday, April 22
Kansas City Roller Warriors Bout 6 — Girl Scout Night
Memorial Hall, KCK
Black Eye Susans vs. Knockouts
Dreadnought Dorothys vs. Victory Vixens
5:00 p.m. doors, 6:00 p.m. first whistle
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Saturday, April 22
Missouri River Rollers host the Franklin County Fury
Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall, Atchison KS
6:00 p.m. doors, 7:00 p.m. first whistle
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Saturday, April 29
Fountain City Roller Derby Ladies Division Championships
B&D Skate Center, Independence
Lovely Lethals vs. Deadly Sirens (third place bout)
Royal Pains vs. Shotgun Sheilas (championship bout)
6:00 p.m. doors, 6:30 p.m. first whistle
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Do you believe me now? I can’t recall a single month in recent memory with this much going on, and that’s not a complaint. Mark your calendars and get your tickets online when you can — ticket information should be posted on the Facebook event pages by now. Join us for all the derby madness in Kansas City in April!

Roll on, Kansas City!

Featured Skater – March 2017

Our Featured Skater for the month of March is
Xcelerator of the Kansas City Roller Warriors!

Name: Xcelerator
Team: Black Eye Susans, All Stars
Number: 34
Position: Jammer, Blocker, Pivot
Seasons with KCRW: 6

You played for KCRW for several years, retired, and came back. In that time, how has the league changed?

“Oh my gosh, changes? Yes… so many changes from 2006 to 2017! To name a few, we now have a Board of Directors, which previously we only had two co-directors that managed the league, and at the time, we were maxed out at 80 skaters. I can’t imagine the stress they endured! As time has passed, I don’t feel as if we are as “serious” as we use to be. I don’t really know the best way to explain it, but we just aren’t as serious as we use to be. On the other hand we just don’t know how to party like we use to! KC was known for not only winning their games but also winning the after party….we’ve gotten soft in our older years! (wink)”

Longtime veterans like you are often role models for younger players. Where do you get YOUR inspiration?

“Oh boy, that’s hard. When I came out of retirement in 2013, there were only a handful of skaters left from my original days, and I found a lot of inspiration in them (Annie Maul and Bruz Her, mainly). With this being my final season, I’m finding a lot of inspiration in knowing this is it for me, that I have just a few final moments to finish out my derby career, and I want to go out without any regrets, knowing I’ve given it my all, played my hardest and pushed myself to be the best I can be at my old, washed up age!”

Any memorable injuries over the years?

“Fortunately no, knock on wood! I’d like to keep it that way!”

Favorite derby memory?

“Easy — winning Champs in 2007 with my amazing teammates and coaches! It was one of, if not, my proudest moments as an athlete!”

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

“Roller derby has given me a voice, it has provided me a confidence and an internal strength that I don’t think I had prior. It’s given me so many wonderful friends… some that I will have for life! It’s given me wonderful and life-changing memories. I will never forget my time as a Roller Warrior! I will be forever grateful for my time here and all that roller derby has given me! I’m excited to finish my final season off strong, hopefully with a Warder Cup win and helping the All Stars move back up in rankings, but I’m also very excited about my post-derby life — to spend more time with my family, devote more to my business, and maybe even take on a new venture. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I’ll undoubtedly miss all of you! To all my retired teammates: save me a seat in the club — I’ll see you soon!”

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