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Southshire Roller Derby’s third competition season begins

Photo by Dan Crowther.

MANCHESTER >> On Saturday, Ju­­­­­ly 29 ­­Southshire Roller Derby will be heading to Riley Rink in Manchester for their season home opener.  In addition to the bout, the event will feature a pre-bout skating expo by Southshire Junior Roller Derby, kids activities, a photo booth, a beer garden provided  by Ramunto’s, and good food for the whole family.

Southshire Roller Derby will face off against the Central New York Roller Derby’s Wonder Brawlers. Southshire played the Wonder Brawlers last year away, losing 280-60. Southshire is currently 0-2 this season, having taken losses away against Connecticut Roller Derby’s Yankee Brutals and against Cape Cod Roller Derby’s Salty Dolls. The Wonder Brawlers are currently 4-2 for the season, having won against Assault City Roller Derby’s Assault Squad, Roc City Roller Derby’s B-Sides, Two Rivers Roller Derby and Long Island Roller Rebels’ Rock-A-Betty Bruisers.

Photo by Dan Drowther.

The Battle Cats have been training since early 2014 and hosted their second competition season last year in Manchester, drawing excited crowds to Riley Rink.

The league has been working with the community for several months to plan their first home event of the season. Many area businesses have generously sponsored the team. “As always, we wouldn’t be able to pull this off without such great support from local business owners,” says the league’s president Stacy Eddy-Gordon.

Modern roller derby is a full-contact sport played on a flat track with quad roller skates. The 60-minute game is divided into short competitions called jams. Teams play five skaters from their roster in each jam; four of them are blockers and one is a jammer.

Jammers score points by lapping the group of blockers, picking up a point for each opponent they pass. Blockers work together to slow the progress of the opposing jammer while aiding their own jammer through the pack.

Photo by Dan Crowther.

With both teams fielding a jammer, the simultaneous offense and defense makes for a highly strategic and competitive game.

­­­­­­­­The doors open at 4 p.m., Juniors take the track at 5 p.m. and the Battle Cats’ bout will start at 6 p.m. Bleacher seating is expected to fill up quickly. The league recommends bringing your own chair and sitting trackside for the best view.
Advanced tickets are available for $5 in Bennington at Wassick’s Tire and Hawkins House, and in South Londonderry at Grandma Miller’s. Tickets and team merchandise are also available at SouthshireRollerDerby.com.

The league will have two more home events this season on Aug.19 and Sept. 23.

For more information on Southshire Roller Derby, including more information on Southshire Junior Roller Derby, and information on how to get involved, volunteer, or become a sponsor, email southshirerollerderby@gmail.com.