Like rappers, roller-derby girls benefit from an intimidating attitude and the skills to come up with a unique yet menacing new moniker without consulting online name generators. Admire new nomenclature with today's Groupon: for $23, you get two general-admission tickets to the Bridgetown Brawl's ninth bout at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, September 24, at 7 p.m. (a $47.50 value including fees).
Hosted by the Rose City Rollers, who dubbed it the Bridgetown Brawl, the 2011 Western Regional Tournament for all-female, flat-track roller derby sends the top three leagues to the WFTDA championships. The ninth bout caps Saturday's brawl bracket with a one-hour avalanche of speeding limbs, determining a contender for the tournament's championship round and, ultimately, WFTDA's domination of every doll-parts factory in the world. Like a turf war on skates, these ferocious femmes use their concrete-inspired blocking skills to get the team's lead jammer from the back to the front of the pack, evading elbow thrusts, hip checks, and both literal and metaphorical clotheslines.
Because qualifying matches occur that afternoon, the ninth bout's competitors remain shrouded in mystery until fans shake the 12,000-seat Veterans Memorial Coliseum with cries hailing the day's triumphant survivors. Potential challengers include the Rose City Rollers, who go nose to elbow with the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls on Friday, September 23, at 6 p.m.
Rose City Rollers
More than just a sports team, the Rose City Rollers strive to serve their community in three ways: by empowering women, entertaining their fans, and supporting charitable causes. The league has been doing each for a decade now, and on the track, it has been just as impactful. Rose City currently features four home teams and two travel teams, headlined by the nationally ranked Wheels of Justice. Every season, the Wheels of Justice pack up their gear, strap giant skates onto the team bus, and hit the road to take on the country's top teams as part of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. In October 2013, Rose City raked in yet another honor when two of its players—Scald Eagle and Mercy—were selected to play for Team USA.