Derby fans old and new streamed into the Memorial Centre on Saturday for the first derby bout of the season in Kingston, May the Fourth Be With You. All three KDG teams took the track, beginning with the Disloyalists taking on Toronto’s G-Stars. The travel team bout was hard-fought and things did not look good for the Disloyalists going into the second half, with the GTARollergirls team ahead 103 to 46. But the ladies in blue looked like a different team in the second half, avoiding some of the penalties that cost them in the first half and staging an impressive comeback. Manic Breeze had the crowd on their feet with a 32-point power jam that took the Disloyalists to within closing distance. Unfortunately, it was not quite enough, and the G-Stars took the game 193 to 171.
The second bout, a home-team showdown between KDG rivals the Rogue Warriors and the Skateful Dead, was neck and neck from beginning to end. The Skateful Dead wore red bridal veils during their warm-up and intros in honour of team member Dyke Spice, who wed her fiancee (and KDG alumna) that afternoon. Both teams were showcasing new players, all of whom made impressive contributions to their teams. With several lead changes in the first half, the Skateful Dead seemed to be dominating and the Rogues struggled to pull ahead. In the second half, Rogue jammers showed exceptional endurance against fierce Dead blocking; the Rogues took the lead and wound down the clock in a final power jam for the win, with a final score of 155 to 135.
THANK YOU to all our volunteers, refs, and NSOs, as well as our sponsors. We couldn’t play roller derby without you all.
KDG was extremely grateful to have so many amazing fans come out — the derby love continues to grow in this city and we love our fans right back. Mark your calendars for our next home bout, Apocalypse…Pow! on June 8 at the Memorial Centre. The Rogue Warriors will be taking on Area 705 Roller Derby from Peterborough. See you then!