Our roller derby trifecta of a season opener began with a mini-bout between Black and White teams composed of players from all three SDRD teams (AfterShocks, Bandettes and Starlettes). This “Civil War”, as our announcer G.I. Bro called it, was followed by the main bout (SDRD vs TRD) and a 15-minute half-time bout featuring our awesome junior league, the Cadettes. It was one exciting Saturday!
The 30-minute opening bout was full of exceptional skating skills, killer blocks, and a very intense co-ed battle. B. Stang of the White Team was a great leader, as always, and wowed the crowd with his amazing skating skills and trips to the penalty box! But hey, nobody’s perfect, right?
Six o’clock rolled around, and it was time for the Starlettes to roll onto the track in their brand new uniforms (thanks, Icepax!). The first half of the bout was exceptionally thrilling! The Starlettes had not bouted since November and the crowd was louder than ever, rooting for their favorite derby girls. The Starlettes had several power jams led by Snow Bunny on Wheelz, Icepax, and Wonder Whoop’em.
Februrary 5th was also a very special day for our junior league, The Cadettes, who really stole the show and riled up the crowd at half time! Sporting their super cool uniforms (thanks again, Icepax!), these ruthless kiddos skated their little hearts out and played one remarkable 15-minute game. Blockers such as Baby Buns , Mini Sweet Pain and Glitter Bomb blocked more than they ever had at practice. Jammers Jack Jack Attack ad Kiki Di Ankles put on quite the show for our crowd, who never tired of cheering, jam after jam! Congrats, Cadettes! You guys are doing great!
We hope to see you guys at our game on March 12: Starlettes vs Rage City Roller Girls. These ladies are traveling all the way from Alaska and we can assure you this will be one outstanding bout!! You seriously don’t want to miss it! Remember you can purchase you tickets from your favorite derby girl (or guy) and online. Visitwww.sandiegorollerderby.com for more info.
“This kid was born on skates” the announcer, G.I. Bro, called out on Saturday night as San Diego Roller Derby’s coach, B Stang, skated in his debut bout in San Diego. The reality is, he was on skates before he could even walk. While at the rink with his dad, they would put skates on his feet to use as anchors so he couldn’t crawl too far away. As you can witness just by watching, this young man, 23 years old, is simply brilliant on his skates.
With his background in hockey, artistic skating, jam skating, and roller derby, his experiences make him more than qualified to be the coach of our league. B Stang has been around roller derby since the San Diego Derby Dolls knocked on the door of Skateworld back in 2005. Gary Stang, owner of Skateworld, and B Stang helped coach the Dolls when they used the rink as their primary facility for practices and bouts. When the Dolls finished their 2008 season at the rink, Gary and B Stang started their own league, San Diego Roller Derby, and the Starlettes were formed.
San Diego Roller Derby’s 2010 season finished strong with a Starlettes record of 10-4 and the newest women’s team, Bandettes 2-2. With the growth of San Diego Roller Derby, it was just a natural step to begin a men’s team, AfterShocks, and a junior’s team, Cadettes.
On Saturday night, B Stang jokingly stated that he might be the first person to have 3 wins in one night.Now, while that might not be completely accurate, it is still pretty rad. He made his San Diego Roller Derby debut as a skater in the mixed coed bout, coached the Starlettes, and coached the Cadettes, who made their debut outing during half-time of the main bout. With the win in the mixed bout as a skater (who gave a stellar performance from the jammer line), a Cadettes victory at half (we didn’t keep score because they are all winners J), and an outstanding performance from the Starlettes, Coach B Stang did in fact win all three.
As a member of this league, I have to personally thank this young man and his father for opening their hearts and their rink for our league. Also, Harry Beck and John Hall, they all have done so much to support San Diego Roller Derby, and we wouldn’t be here without them. We love our coaches!!!!