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Saturday Night Derby Bout

Last night I went to see the Circle City Socialites’ first-ever roller derby bout. I can remember when I first heard they were forming a second Indianapolis league, and the original idea I’d gotten that this would be a less-competitive, “just for fun” sort of group. How far they’ve come in what seems like such a short time! The CCS teams I saw last night played hard, and they played well.

For their first exhibition bout, the CCSs split into two teams, Black and Green. To fill out the teams, each group had a couple of players from the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls and the Rollergirls of Southern Indiana. My girlfriend icespark, a Bleeding Heartland Roller Girl who usually plays for the Slaughter Scouts, was skating last night for the CCS Black team as her derby moniker Rocket Rockit Ma’am.

Since this was the CCS’s first public match, Icespark warned me it might be a little chaotic. However, as an untrained observer blind to the subtle nuance of derby tactics, I had to go with the cheering, near-capacity crowd with the obvious opinion that both teams looked great and played a very entertaining game.

The score was a tad lopsided since the Green team had a speed-skating jammer who literally ran laps around everyone else on the ice-rink floor, but that score doesn’t represent the fact that both teams were exhibiting an excellent level of offense and defense. Speed-skater aside, most of the other squads seemed pretty evenly balanced, and there were a number of hard hits and grinding spills.

The Circle City Socialites undoubtedly gained a lot of new fans last night, and I’m one of them. I’d heard behind-the-scenes how pleasant and welcoming they are off the track, but it was good to see that their good sportsmanship was matched by athletic skill and enthusiasm on the track. I look forward to seeing them develop as they increase in experience and practice.

Can’t wait for the next bout!

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bzero
Sep. 29th, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
I should check that out too!
It definitely was, and you should. B^)

Information on upcoming bouts can usually be found at indianaderby if you're interested...

lmharmon
Sep. 29th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
the debs
The Socialites are a great bunch of ladies, as are Bleeding Heartland and ROSI, who sent skaters. I found it to be a more "laid back" bout, but I enjoyed it very much! There were certainly plenty of opportunities to cheer. If only they'd had beer! ;)

Tyra Durden
bzero
Sep. 30th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Re: the debs
*grin* Glad I wasn't the only one enjoying the bout! Tho I did hear discussion about the no-beer situation. *chuckle*
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bzero
Sep. 29th, 2008 07:12 pm (UTC)
Rocket Ma’am
hee! D'oh! Not the first time -- prolly not the last. I'll have to fix it when I'm not at work.
mishiell
Sep. 30th, 2008 11:19 pm (UTC)
Spell Check
Bad bzero, bad bzero.... Spankins for bzero for the oppsie!!! will get some in for you icespark!!! and hold him down for you next time we are all hanging!! lol
bzero
Sep. 30th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Spell Check
Oh noes! LOL
lmharmon
Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:25 pm (UTC)
Sat. night in Louisville
Come watch DCRG take on Black n Bluegrass tomorrow night in Louisville, if you're not busy. :D
bzero
Oct. 3rd, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Sat. night in Louisville
I'd love to, if I wasn't recovering from surgery and not up for travel. Have fun without me!
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