Roller Derby is back! On the heels of Drew Barrymore's feature film, Whip It, and a resurgence in all-things-retro, womens roller derby season hit Honolulu hard on March 6th at the outdoor roller hockey rink at Kamiloiki Community Park at the corner of Hawaii Kai Drive and Lunalillo Home Road. The event is free to the public, although donations are greatly appreciated. Fans are encouraged to bring beach chairs for comfort to this family friendly event. The first whistle blows promptly at 5:00 p.m.
While there are only three active teams in the Pacific Islands this season, the sassy, tattooed and brutish women are recruiting hard and the numbers look good.
The Carnevils, Voluptuous Villains and Maui's Crazy 808s will entertain liberated ladies and semi-sadistic gents weekly through July 17th. Periodic matches will take place on Kauai and Maui throughout the season (check the schedule here: http://www.pacificrollerderby.com/Season_Schedule.html).
The game is relatively simple, for those of you who need a refresher: Each game consists of a series of races, or "jams", that pits 5 player teams against one another. Each team has one "jammer"—the only players that can score a point—who aim to break through the opposing teams barrier.
The Pacific Roller Derby, which began in 2008, is an all-female, flat track derby that limits the contact between ladies. While there is no condoned elbowing, kicking, kneeing or punching allowed, well, technically there isn't any allowed in mens hockey either. With player names like "Malice in Wonderland", "Pulp Vixen", "Slam Musubi", "Lizzy Scissor-Skates" and "Cass Knuckels", there's bound to be some rough-housing. Amen to it.
The all-stars of the Pacific league traveled to the Wild West Showdown in Washington State this past weekend; some of these gals will enter the national circuit and face the Bay Area Derby Girls (San Francisco), Sin City Rollergirls (Las Vegas) and the Jett City Roller Girls (Washington). Live bouts can be viewed at www.DerbyNewsNetwork.com.
Tickets for the Pacific Roller Derby can be bought in advance at the web site (below), or at the door. They are $7 each; patrons are encouraged to bring their own beach chairs.
Tickets for the Pacific Roller Derby can be bought in advance at the web site (below), or at the door.