This Saturday I get to see one of my home leagues in action again: The Resurrection Rollergirls of Sonoma County against the Shasta league….Resurrection, a WFTDA league, skates a fast hard-hitting game and going into their home at Cal Skate in Rohnert Park is just wonderful; a traditional roller rink, probably capable of jamming 600 people to spectate. It is located just a few blocks from Cal State, Sonoma, (get it, Cal Skate) and a few members are from my home town, Sonoma.
I will be going with the distinguished publisher/editor of the Petaluma Argus Courier, Emily Charrier-Botts who will be seeing her first Derby…..I know that by the second half she will want to join in.
But meantime, I have to be getting updates from Salt Lake City where the Bay Area Derby Girls are competing in the WFTDA regionals to get to the Championships. They (along with 8 other northern California leagues) are really champions, getting enough blood donated last Saturday to save 105 lives (including my powerful pint).
And the USARS Nationals start today with some really wonderful teams: Oly, the only past winner of both WFTDA and USARS championships; the Pennsylvania All Stars, with the incredible V-Diva, who in one game skated in 41 out of 47 james; the Chicago Red Hots – the heart of which, Val, is recovering in Chicago – but still with the super athletic Joe, Kola Loka, and D, who though small and pounded on is the iron woman of jammers. I am interested in seeing the Antagonists: since the skating age to compete in USARS is younger than WFTDA, this is primarily a fearsome team of junior skaters. And four other teams are competing. plus coed Derby,
I will be in Stockton on Sunday to see all the action and to award the Seltzer Cup, named after the game’s founder Leo, to the champion. I have been assured that I won’t be asked to leave. Here is where you can find the live streaming:http://www.skatersplace.com/
And because http://www.derbycentral.com has appeared to take the place of DNN, I will be able to follow the WFTDA, USARS and other updated action.
But what I am going to watch for on Saturday afternoon before heading up to Rohnert Park is the TXRD Lonestar playoff championships. This is the very first modern Roller Derby League from 2002 on the banked track, and they still pack them in every time. And what makes this game so special, is that the one and only Dumptruck is the guest announcer. Honoring the original Roller Derby, they are playing for the (Ann) Calvello Cup. And this is the only live coverage streaming telecast that is free: here is where to find it:
Well, I won’t be skating, but there is my Derby weekend……care to join me in Rohnert Park, Stockton, on Derby Central or TXRD? I would love it.