We’re sisters in skates battling to be our best. You’ve seen us in the arena, imagine what we’re capable of without boundaries. We are athletes and role models; we’re good sports and good citizens. We’re tough. In this sport and in this world, you’d better be. We’ll show you our speed, agility, endurance, teamwork, and heart. We’ll show you our bruises. And you’ll see… this isn’t a show; THIS IS ROLLER DERBY!
The Saturday, May 18th double header against Peoria, Illinois’ Wrecking Crew was rife with long, tense silences as fans and participants awaited the fate of downed derby girls. Late in the second bout, Cedar Valley’s Dozer, got tangled with other skaters and careened to the floor. For several minutes, McElroy Auditorium froze, looking for signs that she’d be alright. After several minutes, Dozer was helped into a wheel chair where she watched the remainder of the bout from the sidelines.
After the Push-Up Brawlers’ win, she was taken to Allen Hospital, where she learned she’d suffered a high ankle sprain. The team was relieved to learn that no bones were broken, however she is expected to keep weight off that leg for 6-8 weeks.
the sprain occurred between turns 1 and 2 on the track. She and Chevy believe they were pushing the Peoria jammer in when their skates locked, and Chevy fell on top of Dozer.
“I will be back on skates in two weeks!” Dozer cracked, eager to return to Push-Up Brawler practices.
Wrecking Crew jammer, Tased E. Bacon also needed medical attention, moments later. It was determined, she’d become light headed following a fiercely fought jam, during which several Wrecking Crew skaters found the penalty box.
May 18th, catch a double dose of the Derby Divas with back to back bouts against the Peoria Push. Your Push-Up Brawlers need you in the seats to cheer them on. The first bout begins at 5:30. Then, stick around for a second at 7:30. You’ll also be treated to a bit of burlesque by the Cedar Valley’s own Sissy’s Sircus between bouts.
McElroy Auditorium on the Cattle Congress grounds is the place to be. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Kids 12 years and younger are free. Get your tickets at Spicoli’s, Plaid Peacock, Mohair Pear, the National Cattle Congress box office, BrownPaperTickets.com or from your favorite Cedar Valley Derby Diva. One dollar from each ticket sold goes to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Black Hawk County.
Photography courtesy of Donna “Squint” Olmstead.