Naptown Star Wars Bout!

The final roller derby bout of season 10 is over and done. The Star Wars night is usually the best attended bout of the season and this seemed to be no exception. Bleachers were packed, suicide seating pretty full, and I saw them dragging more chairs out!

**Also, a quick note on a trend I was noticing. More and more parents were trying to sneak their kids into the suicide section. Including parents with infants. Like, teeny, tiny, infants. I also saw people get pissy when they were asked to move, or go right back to suicide seating once the security or team member was away from that section. Parents, the roller derby team isn’t just being a jerk to you by asking you not to sit trackside. They don’t hate your kids, they aren’t judging you for having kids, they’re trying to keep you guys safe! I’ve taken a skate to the gut in suicides before. It hurts. But a skate to a baby? That’s not going to hurt, that’s going to severely injure or even kill your child. (Not to mention the time that, as a skater, I was knocked towards an infant in a car seat in suicides. I hurt myself trying to avoid hitting the baby. If I had hit the kid I can’t imagine the emotional impact it would have had on me.) So come on, don’t give the team a hard time about it and try to sneak back as soon as they turn around.


photo by Greg Dunn

Both games were played against pick up teams, and it was the only unsanctioned bout of the home season.

Belles lost against the Midwest Corn Stars. It was a crazy exciting game to watch, and included this apex jump, which I swear took about 5 seconds.


photo by Greg Dunn

The talent pool on the Belles is really deep. Lots of new jammers have been emerging this season. Including Brickhouse Massacre. She was an alternate for the bout, and ended up with a very well deserved MVP award for the night. Amazing to watch, and I would bet money on her being a siren jammer next season.


Photo by Greg Dunn

Naptown has turned into a flying team the past couple of seasons. I think they spend more time in the air then on the track!


Photo by Tom Klubens

Also cartwheels. Naptown does cartwheels to avoid out of bounds penalties.

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The Sirens game got a little boring. It was a blowout and for the first half they just racked up the points. I had hoped that in the second half they would mix it up a little. I’m not saying take it easy on the losing team, but since it was an unsanctioned bout, I would have loved to see them throw blockers in as jammers, mix up positions, that sort of thing. I think it’s a great way to cross train your girls without risking a rankings slip. (Because you can practice and scrimmage new positions all day long, but nothing is the same as actually bouting!)
Still, the last 20 minutes aside, it was an exciting game. And when you considered the sirens opponent was a team made up of retired skaters and girls that hadn’t really practiced together, they did a great job!
Bambi has always been one of my favorite jammers to watch. I’m so glad that, even though she retired from Demo City, she’s still skating! (For SOS, aka “Straight Outta Shape”)


Photo by Tom Klubens

Music, of course, on point. I don’t think NRG has ever had a bad DJ, though DJ Kyle Long is becoming one of my favorites. Probably because he plays the soundtrack of my angsty youth. He’s the sort of person that you want to become friends list, just to drop hints that you need a new mix cd and “sigh” wish you had someone who would make you that sort of thing.

So excited to see what happens for playoffs this year, and for the Sirens and Naptown Roller Derby next season!

Ch-ch-changes….

A few years ago, I wrote this blog post . Times change, we grow, and now I have some more things to say…

I don’t feel the same way about boys playing derby as I did in 2013.It’s actually unfortunate that my blog got picked up by some media outlets last year, since my feelings had already changed a bit by that point.

While I still have some of the same feelings about that particular game, I don’t feel the same about male derby in general. (And I will say, my thoughts about that game aren’t quite as harsh as they used to be. I still think that from a business standpoint, it was not the best idea, as the fans weren’t into it, but Naptown has always been on the cutting edge of the derby world and trying new things, so kudos to them for pushing the envelope and trying it out.) I probably would go to an all men’s derby bout and enjoy it, something I wouldn’t have said two years ago. I no longer feel like the guys are trying to cut into our turf. They saw an awesome game, and wanted to play it. Same as hundreds of derby girls around the world.

One of the things I really like about having this blog is it gives me the ability to look back at thoughts from years ago and explore them. It’s nice to realize I don’t feel so angry about something any longer, and admit that I was wrong about quite a bit of it. Mea culpa to any dudes that were offended by my post.

Anyway, if you want to check out men’s derby in your area, check out the MRDA.

xoxx
JoD