Arizona Derby Dames 2012 Season Banked Track Roller Derby Bout Four Runaway Brides vs. Schoolyard Scrappers and Coffin Draggers vs. Brutal Beauties
March 14 2012
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Saturday, March 24th at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Competitive, full-contact, adrenaline-filled, hard-hitting action! And women only! The Arizona Derby Dames (AZDD) return to the coliseum with fresh faces and new strategies in bout four of season seven. Top-ranked Runaway Brides face the Schoolyard Scrappers in an attempt to maintain their position in first place. The Coffin Draggers hope to continue their undefeated season against the Brutal Beauties on the only banked track in Arizona.
“The Scrappers are going to win because we have been training hard on strategy, endurance, and mental focus,” said Hillary Skank, league manager and skater for the Schoolyard Scrappers. The team is considered the “underdog” for the upcoming bout but season attendees know this team should not be discounted. This game is sure to be a fan favorite.
AZDD recently held a draft, welcoming skaters out of the substitute pool and onto one of the five teams. After initial tryouts skaters start out in “Fresh Meat” until they prove they have mastered the skills required to skate safely with seasoned roller girls. Skaters are placed in the substitute pool after passing a skills test until they are claimed by a team in a draft that occurs every 5-6 months. The process from initial tryouts to draft can take 6 -12 months.
“To be drafted means a lot to me because I wasn’t drafted back in October with most of my other fresh meat group, so to be picked up by the Beauties this round really makes me want to put everything I have into being an awesome player for them since they gave me a chance…plus I love the color pink!” said Jenn Menefee of the Brutal Beauties.
AZDD is women owned, operated, and sustained. Skaters must help run the league in addition to practicing and maintaining outside life. Fulfilling business requirements, training other skaters, participating in mandatory volunteer and charity projects, and writing articles for the newsletter are all responsibilities of skaters.
Kimber Slice, co-captain of the Brutal Beauties, substitute-pool trainer, bout production staff, and member of AZDD’s travel team, the “Hot Shots,” said, “I like best that because I am so involved with the league I feel like it is a part of me and has made me a better person.”
The Hot Shots are set to play in the Pro Roller Derby invitational, a national tournament, on April 6th and 7th where they could win $5,000 for the league.
Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum is located at 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85007 (602-252-6771). Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. with the bouts starting at 7:00 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. Advance tickets may be purchased until 2 p.m. on March 24th through www.arizonaderbydames.com. 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.
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