On Saturday, a convoy of Kingston Derby Girls got out their passports to head south of the border for KDG’s first international roller derby bout. The Skateful Dead, led by captains Polly Slamory and Careless Whips-her and including a couple of bonus members of the Rogue Warriors, met the Oz Roller Girls of Oswego, New York, at the Armory for a clash of epic, trans-border proportions. The Oz Roller Girls, undefeated in their last eight matches, came out swinging in the first half, leaping to a huge lead in the first few jams as the Dead, under coach John A. Smackdonald and bench coach Little Orphan-Maker Annie, struggled to get used to the unusual sport-court floor and find their bearings against the hard-hitting Oswegans. Their lead stretched out quickly, and going into halftime Oswego was ahead 129-50. However, the Skateful Dead rallied at halftime, using strategic starts to their advantage and holding the inside line, shutting down the strong Oswego jammers numerous times. Unfortunately, it was not enough, and Oz took the bout 200-124. Polly Slamory and Smackinnon were named Kingston’s blocker and jammer MVPs, respectively.
The Skateful Dead played hard against a challenging team and are proud of the game they played. The Oz Roller Girls were amazing hosts, and we can’t wait to do the same for them. Oswego will be coming to play the Rogue Warriors this summer in Kingston, and Kingston will be looking to avenge their loss. Stay tuned as bout details for our coming season are revealed!