- Ada, Oklahoma


August 13, 2013

Give roller derby a try, you might like it ...


Ada —

Close, schmose. This local team was pretty dominant. Members of the Black Heart Queens who saw action in this lopsided victory included Hoff, Larsen, Lolo Beach (Pamela Chapman), Justeen Beat-Her (Keshia McMahon), Becky Bulldoz-Her (Corri Carpenter), Pun (Pun Chittchang), Whoop C. Daisey (Jessica Underwood), Galaxy Inferno (Lori Bautista) and Sweeney Quad (Amanda Suenram).

I must admit, thanks to being a lifelong Los Angeles Dodgers fan, I did have a soft spot for Benton County's Brooklyn Dodge-Her. But I digress. 

Marcie Petty, who was an official Saturday but goes by “Brutiful Dis’Asster” when she is on skates, said communication is the key to the South Central Roller Girls' success. The Queens are 5-1 this season.

“We communicate really well. We’ve seen a lot of derby teams who look like they have a lot of potential, but they don’t communicate well,” Petty said.

The SSRG are always looking for a few good girls. New recruit tryouts are at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at the Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis. The more, the merrier. 

But these derby girls expect the same commitment that any other sports team would. If you don’t make practices, you don’t participate in the next bout. Regular practices are at 4 p.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

One thing roller derby teams like the SSRG and the Benton County Derby Dames desperately need is community support. They use volunteers for pretty much everything — referees, scorekeepers, announcers, etc.

“We’re looking for corporate sponsors all the time,” said announcer Grant Tompkins, who is the regular man behind the mic for the Benton County team but volunteered his services for the bout Saturday night. “We can hang up banners at the bouts and announce them throughout the match. It's really something the community can rally around.”

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