The Killamazoo Derby Darlins visited Bloomington, IN this past weekend to take on the Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls. Killa Crew went up against some very experienced skaters and even though the teamwork was solid and the strategy was tight, Killa Crew could not pull off the win against the BHRG Code Blue Assassins. Killamazoo went into the game with the expectation of a tough fight and Bleeding Heartland delivered just that. BHRG Flatliners took the lead early on but KDD was able to take advantage of some key power jam scenarios and ended up dominating the track with a final score of 231-196. This is a huge victory for Killamazoo! Congrats to all of the skaters who played this weekend and thanks to all of our fans for the support. See you in April!
We are so excited and are looking forward to making a great impression on the derby community. Look for more information on the tournament in the months to come. In the meantime, here is more information on what this tournament is all about (courtesy of Wftda.com):
The 20 teams, ranked 41-60, will be seeded into two Division 2 Playoffs. The Division 2 Playoff brackets will be the same as the Division 1 playoff brackets with seedings based solely on ranking. Division 2 winners will have a special opportunity to compete at Championships weekend with the addition of two Division 2 games. The top finisher from each Division 2 Playoff will meet head-to-head in a Final to determine a Division 2 Champion while the second place teams will meet in a Third Place game.
It's going to be a great derby-filled weekend that the whole family can enjoy. Want to get in on the D2 action? You could be a team sponsor! Check out the Sponsor page to see how you can become a part of the Killamazoo family!
The February 16th bout at Wings Stadium brought out some fierce derby in both the Killamazoo Derby Darlins and Brewcity Bruisers, the visiting team from Milwaukee, WI. Killa Crew lost the lead early on in the first bout and couldn’t make up the solid point deficit the Brewcity Battlestars created. Plagued by ill-timed penalties and a full box in the first half, Killa Crew fought hard but ultimately came up short with a final score of 242-89 in favor of the Battlestars.
My new life as a freshie Roller Derby girl has been wonderfully exiting, energizing, physically and mentally therapeutic and just plain FUN! I was hesitant to start, thinking that I was too old (29), too out of shape, too busy, and too new to the sport. It just didn't make logical sense to try to relearn how to roller skate after 20 years, and try to join a team of VERY skilled players of a sport I knew nothing about.
I learned about the team from a customer at work, a member of the team, Rocket Hips. At the mention of her team, I said that it sounded super fun, and she said that I should try it out. After going to a game to watch, and a few more encouraging visits from Rocket, I finally decided to take the plunge.
At my first practice I realized that most of the girls were starting from scratch, too. Most had not roller skated since they were kids, too, and some had never skated before! We trained from scratch and I was amazed to see how quickly we caught on. My first practice was on Sept. 24th 2012. On Nov. 26th I took my basic skills evaluation and passed! I am a member of the Killa Crew of the Killamazoo Derby Darlins. It's a dream come true! Let me explain...
As a child, I loved to roller skate. I would skate in the house, and now and then, we would go to the roller rink in a nearby town. I would race around the rink haphazardly, and never learned how to stop. If I needed to stop I would simply crash into a wall. After a session of high impact abuse to my toes, the toe nails on my big toes would turn black over then next few days and fall off. One of the first things we learned at Fresh Meat practice was to stop. I could have used that info when I was a kid. When I was around 10 years old, the roller rink closed. Roller skating faded from my thoughts as I began playing basketball, football and baseball with friends. I loved sports. My family lived in a very small town in North Idaho, and me and my sister were home-schooled. I was not able to play sports in school because of this. I have wanted to play a sport my whole life, and now here I am, almost 30, finally fulfilling this dream! By the way, this isn't just any sport, it has everything I love. I love the speed, the hits, the strategy, watching the amazing skills, and knowing that I will eventually have those skills.
Everyone on the team is so welcoming and supportive of new girls. They have answered so many questions, encouraged us, let us borrow wheels and equipment, and taken time to get to know us. It's a great second family. My three kids and hubby have been very supportive of me in this adventure, and I can't thank them enough! Roller Derby is a lot of hard work, but it's also amazingly fun. Watch out for me in the coming years as I improve and build up my skills. I'm going to KILL KILL KILL!