Monday, 13 May 2013

This ain't no Kentucky Derby, this is ROLLER DERBY!

By now many of you have seen or at least heard about roller derby.  Whether you were watching it in the 70's, had a brief introduction to it in the film Whip It, or are an avid derby fan, we can all agree that these roller girls are f'n badass.  Seriously, I just saw a girl slam her chin on the concrete floor and get back up.  Are you kidding me? I would have just curled into the fetal position and cried for mommy. 

I've been attending bouts (look at me using the lingo) for about a year now and it's always impressive. It's always a great display of good sportsmanship, agility, strength, perseverance and FUN! One of the joys of roller derby is that the only thing that's taken seriously is the bout.  I mean, with derby names like, "Up Her Cut", "DefeCaitlin", and "Deuce Caboose", it's pretty obvious that derby has it's own particular sense of humour. Or maybe it even gives you the opportunity to feel like your very own super hero.  I mean, I'd feel that way if I was zooming around at the speed of lightning, wearing funky coloured tights and fighting for position.  Isn't that what superheroes do? And when they fall they pick themselves up again - Thanks Mr. Wayne and Alfred, you are so right on this one!

Ok, here's a brief description of how derby works:
Two teams on an oval track. Each team has a jammer.  The jammers are racing against eachother around the track while trying to weave through the blockers.  The blockers are trying to prevent the opposing team's blocker from getting by whilst trying to create a path for their own jammer to get through.  You can see how this can get a "little" physical. Points are awarded to the lead jammer's team based on how many opposing blockers she passes.  The team with the most points wins.

For this season of roller derby, I thought that I'd introduce a friend to the sport. 
Vron repping her
Gore, Gore Rollergirls and
Death Track Dolls
team colours. Congrats
to both teams for
making the playoffs!
I thought that it might be right up her alley, and it was.  Within the first 5 minutes of the game she was the crazed fan in the stands.  And by the end of the first bout, she was hooked.  In fact, she went out the next day and purchased her very own "fresh meat" package.  I can't wait for her to get on those skates and show herself what she's made of.  In the meantime, I'm going to keep jostling her for position on the couch, in line for the bus, or by the bar.  I mean, practice makes perfect, right?

Want to know more, here's some info:
Toronto Roller Derby:
Where to buy roller skates:
Where it all happens: Downsview Park, The Hanger. Tickets cost less then $20 bucks, and they serve beer.  What else do you need to know?

They're just going into playoffs now, so if you'd like to check it out, now is the PERFECT time.