After an intense 2013 season for both teams, each are ranked relatively high on the international WFTDA ranking system. Grand Raggidy currently sits at #56, while Killamazoo is at a steady #45. To hang on to their strong position, Killamazoo will be looking to make a statement against their long-time rival. With the crowd being a mix of home and visiting fans, this is sure to be a very exciting bout.
The Killamazoo B team, Killa Crew, coming off a win over South Bend’s Bonnie Dooms will be aiming to continue their streak in the new home venue, the Kalamazoo Expo Center. The Killa Crew faced off against the Grand Raggidy Attack! early last year and came out on top, and with a solid repertoire of seasoned players the Killa Crew will not be going down without a fight.
The Killamazoo Derby Darlins are proud to support the EZ Walk/Run of 2014. A percentage of ticket sales will benefit this amazing community organization to honor the memory of fallen public safety officer Eric Zapata. To find out how to support this excellent organization, please visit www.ezmemorialrun.com/.
For more information on the upcoming event or to schedule an interview, please contact Caitlin Pasqualone at 586-873-5286 or email at email@example.com.
So I came and sat at a few practices, got into a pair of skates and what do you know, it’s an addiction! Months before I had worked with someone that told me to come out, but I never thought twice of it. Then in August, a friend of mine got hurt at a derby practice but had nothing but amazing things to say about playing derby, so I thought what the heck, why not go and watch it never hurts to go check it out. So in October I finally got the nerve to ask when a practice is and wrote it in my calendar. On my way driving to the practice, just to watch I got super nervous, what am I doing, I am far from athletic, I played softball in high school and some beer league co-ed softball since then, but by no means look like I should be doing anything that has to do with exercise. These girls are going to laugh when they see me sitting there "interested" in playing on their team. But I had promised that I would at least come in and watch, and to my surprise I walked in and multiple girls said "Hi" asked if I was new and did not say one thing about me not being Derby material. So I came to a few practices, watched and decided well why not, lets just strap on a pair and try a fresh meat practice. What an experience. Not only could I barely go around the track, the first time I fell I could hardly get up! As I was trying to get up on these toe stops I could not help but think: “I have to get this, I am going to prove it to myself that I can do this.” But then something happened that I did not expect at all, not only was everyone EXTREMELY supportive but they were encouraging and helpful and willing to give pointers not at all condescending or rude. I was able to go at my pace the first few times, what with a high school knee injury and being a "curvy" girl it was quite a work out that first time on skates.
It’s been three months now of going to practice. I’m slowly but surely working my core so that I can actually get through a whole practice now, and who knew that these hip-checking, elbow-throwing, crazy women are so kind, nice and some of the most friendly women I have met in quite some time! So far being in the Fresh Meat has taught me that no matter how frustrating it may be that you can’t get your hips open enough to transition, keep trying, don't get down on yourself, keep trying until you can. Roller derby may be a team sport but it is a lot of personal growth and personal strength. In the three months I have been going I have seen a lot of ladies watch a drill and then be able to do it after trying it twice, but the key is to remember that everyone can do certain things at a certain pace, yours just may take time. At times I have sat out because I could not catch my breath, and would get down on myself because I couldn't get whatever drill we were working on but now it has pushed me to just keep trying, so what if your not doing it perfect, over time you will be able to get more comfortable and with time be able to do the transition or whatever it is that
you may be working on. Coming into roller derby never did I think I would want to start going to the gym more to keep working on my core, or start taking yoga so I can be more flexible. It has made me want to become a healthier person both on and off the track.
I went from coming to my first practice and thinking there is no way I will ever be able to do that to now, what can I help volunteer with, can I at least help NSO, asking my non-derby friends to go to open skate times. It is something that when I now mention to people they look at me and say "really? You roller derby?" I cannot wait to tell them about it, how to play, to come to a practice, and to support our team. No, I can not do my transition yet, and by no means can I do 27 laps in 5 minutes but I will. I can not wait to get better and will push myself and know that the ladies in Fresh Meat and on the team will continue to support not only me but the rest of the Fresh Meat. KILL! KILL! KILL! -Hot Schlott (Betsy)
The Killamazoo Derby Darlins are looking to kick off the season with a strong victory over the Studebreakers, a relatively new team to the roller derby family. South Bend is currently awaiting full-member status from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and the game against the Darlins could be their first officially sanctioned bout. They’ll be looking to make a fierce first impression on the seasoned Darlins.
The Killamazoo B team, Killa Crew will be up against the Bonnie Dooms and will need to employ the strategy that’s been the focus of off-season training. Killa Crew will be gearing up for a first win at new home, the Kalamazoo Expo Center, and won’t be going down without a fight.
The Killamazoo Derby Darlins are proud to support the Boys and Girls Club of Kalamazoo and its members will be our honored guests for this bout. To find out how to support this excellent organization, please visit bgckalamazoo.com.
The Killamazoo Killa Crew spent the October 10-12 in Kalkaska, Michigan for the third annual Mitten Kitten tournament, hosted by the Small Town Outlaws. It was the first tournament for many Killa Crew skaters and many looked forward to playing multiple bouts in one weekend. After weeks of preparation, the Killas took on the Ann Arbor Brawlstars (a WFTDA apprentice league). While the Brawlstars are the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes’ A team, the Killas approached the bout with calm calculations and demonstrated excellent teamwork and strategy. Though the Killas lost to the Brawlstars, 355-122, the Crew looked forward to taking on Floral City later on in the first day of the tournament. Killa Crew was looking for a rematch against Floral City after losing to the team from Monroe, Michigan at last year’s Mitten Kitten tournament. This year, the cards were dealt differently and Killa took the win, 217-196. For their final bout of the weekend, Killa Crew met the Mitten Mavens from Lansing. Knowing the bout would be tough, Killa played with smart strategy and hard hits, but ultimately took the loss with a score of 272-196.
All in all, it was a weekend of strong derby and excellent experience for the B team from Kalamazoo. The Crew placed 6th out of 8 teams and is already setting the bar higher for next year’s match-ups. Thanks to the Small Town Outlaws for their hospitality and for an awesome tournament!