Feeling fresh and spunky from their second-place victory and $2,000 prize at the Pro Roller Derby national banked track invitational tournament, the Arizona Derby Dames are ready to roll into their next regular season bout April 21 at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.
The Bombshells take on the Brutal Beauties in their last chance to rank high for best position in the playoffs. Top-ranked Coffin Draggers face the Schoolyard Scrappers in an attempt to grab the first-place ranking.
Banked track roller derby girls skate around the track at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour, while shoving one another around. Each team tries to gain the best formation to allow their jammer, or point-scorer to pass the opposing team easily and to prevent the opposing jammer from passing. Playing offense and defense at the same time creates a challenge unseen in other sports. These traits increase the importance of following a regimen for safety.
“I like the challenge of maintaining my body well enough to continue competing,” said Kiki UrHaz, team trainer and skater for the Brutal Beauties. “My team is going to win, because we win at life!”
The sport of roller derby is shifting away from the WWF feel the sport had back in the 1980s to truly competitive and athletic event. Now the only thing fake that you can find at the game is the costume blood that the Coffin Draggers wear as part of their uniform. The falls, the hits and the competition are real action. Fans now travel across the Valley to see skaters throw a backwards blocking hit to the chest, or the point-scoring jammer glide around the track on one foot to score the winning point.
Members of the Bombshells, Brutal Beauties, Coffin Draggers and the Schoolyard Scrappers as well as the non-bouting team, the Runaway Brides, are also preparing for Relay for Life in May. The event supports research to find a cure for cancer. Arizona Derby Dames participate annually and earn thousands of dollars each year. The April 21 bout will include options on how to donate to Relay for Life as part of team AZDD.
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is at 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix. For information, call 602-252-6771. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with the bouts starting at 7 p.m.
General admission tickets for the stadium seats in the coliseum will be $12, children under 12 are free.
Two hundred general admission tickets are available for standing room on the floor around the track for $12. General admission for children 12 and under is free. VIP tiered seating right off the floor (with access to a nearby VIP-only bar and restrooms) will be $20 for adults and children.
Parking will be $7. Tickets will be on sale the day of the event at the coliseum box office starting at 4 p.m. Group discounts are also available by contacting the coliseum phone number.
Follow the Derby Dames to Chopper John’s at 2547 E Indian School Road for their 21-and -older after-party immediately following the bouts.