Fresh off their win over the Hostile City Honeys, the Broad Street Butchers are hoping that game’s momentum will help them topple the undefeated champions of 2006, the Philthy Britches. The last time these two teams faced each other on the track, both had perfect records and were playing for the Warrior Cup in the 2006 season championship. The Britches took home the cup that night and the Butchers settled for second place.
Having lost some of their Revolutionary War-themed brigade from last year, Britches co-captains Mo Pain and Violet Temper (2006 league MVP’s), have recruited some new troops into their regiment. This will be the first regular season bout for new Britches: Cindecent Exposure, Gefilte Fists, Ginger Vitis, Gloria Grindem, Megan Trouble, and Olivia Face. Returning this year is Dara Licks, who has put up some impressive blocking stats during the inter-league season against some of derby’s most experienced jammers. Rosie Bloodbath and Dottie Horror are also starting their second season with the team, and when both of these players are on the track together, they have proven to be formidable opponents to the rest of the league. Pint-sized pivot, Janet Meano, is injured and will be serving as bench manager until she can get back on her skates.
The Broad Street Butchers have already proven that their knives are sharpened and that they wear the blood on their aprons with pride. Co-captains Annie Christ and Vixen Van Go Go have put together an impressive line-up for the 2007 season and relying on the blocking skills of Ada Baby, Suzy Skullcrusher, and Slay Belle to hold back the Britches. One of their newest jammers, Shenita Stretcher, scored a whopping 37 points in 8 jams, including 29 unanswered for points in 3 shut-out jams against the Hostile City Honeys on July 14th. Shenita’s impressive numbers are not far behind fellow Butcher, Roxy Rockett’s, 45 points in 8 jams during the same bout. Look for the twin towers, Leggs Benedict and Summer Assault, to add even more points for the Butchers as their long legs carry them down the straight-aways with seemingly effortless strides.
All the action will take place at the Sportsplex, 1331 O’Reilly Drive in Feasterville, PA. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the bout starting at 8:00. The pre-bout band is the Barons.
This is the last bout before The Philly Roller Girls send their all-star travel team, The Liberty Belles, to the WFTDA eastern regional tournament in Columbus, Ohio August 17-19. The tournament, dubbed the Heartland Havoc, will feature the top 12 leagues in the east. Each league will be playing to win one of four coveted slots to travel to the national tournament in Austin, Texas at the end of September. The national tournament will play the top four teams in the east against the top four teams in the west to decide the first-ever national champion of women’s flat track roller derby.
Every month the Philly Roller Girls work with a local charity at their bouts. For August, they will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the bout to Women in Transition. Women In Transition (WIT) provides empowerment counseling, referrals and advocacy to women in Philadelphia who are endangered by domestic violence and/or substance abuse. Their programs help women make positive changes in their lives, actualize their potential, and build lives for themselves and their children that are free of violence and free from addictions to drugs and alcohol. More information can be found at www.womenintransitioninc.org.
About the Philly Roller Girls
Philly Roller Girls is an all-girl, skater-owned and operated roller derby league that formed in March 2005 and is in its second season. The league is comprised of a diverse group of hard-working athletes with the strength and character to provide serious entertainment for fans while having fun in the process. The league has over 50 dedicated skaters on four home teams—the Broad Street Butchers, the Heavy Metal Hookers, the Hostile City Honeys and 2006 champions the Philthy Britches. Last October the league debuted their all-star travel team, the Liberty Belles, who are currently ranked 9th in the nation with a record of 5 straight wins after losing their first two bouts.
These women, along with many dedicated volunteers, have been working tirelessly to bring the sport of women’s roller derby back to the Philadelphia area. The Philly Roller Girls are proud members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), a group representing over 35 all-female, independent flat-track roller derby leagues throughout the United States. For more information, visit www.phillyrollergirls.com.
Tickets for all bouts are available at http://www.phillyrollergirls.com. They may also be purchased at the Sportsplex (1331 O'Reilly Drive, Feasterville) Crash Bang Boom (528 S. 4th Street in Center City), and 700 Club (700 N. 2nd St, Northern Liberties). General admission: $10 advance, $12 door. VIP guaranteed rink-side seating: $20 in advance and $25 at the door.