Riveters Looking Rise: Providence Roller Derby 2015!

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Fans and fiends! And everyone in between!  The 2015 season of Providence Roller Derby is about to begin! If you missed last year’s season, PRD’s travel and home seasons delivered more drama and excitement than ever before. During travel team season, the Rhode Island Riveters was a team on fire with wins over Roc City and Gainsville, hard fought battles against Crime City (Sweden) and Tiger Bay (Wales), and a return to the Bank of American Skating Rink with Olympic-medalist Michelle Kwan, who joined the ladies on the flat track.

In 2013, the Riveters finished at #92 in the rankings (out of 176) and last year they climbed the ladder to #78. This year, they are set to play against some familiar and unfamiliar faces, such as (#75) Green Mountain Derby Dames, (#31) Nashville Rollergirls, (#57) Suburbia Roller Girls and others, including a one-day double header on Sat, March 21 against (#92) Charlotte Roller Girls and (#35) Columbia Quad Squad in South Carolina.

Home season last year was a rollercoaster of close victories. The Mob Squad reigned undefeated until losing their last season game against The Old Money Honey in overtime. The Sakonnet River Roller Rats held their own in their final game against the Honeys, but came up short. The Mob Squad won the championship game against the Honeys by only 10 points, which in derby is a very tight score! Can the Mob retain their status this season?

Don’t forget: The derby girls don’t just put on their skates to battle one another! In between bouts, you can catch them at various events, including this year’s Get Gored For Good “Running of the Bulls” on April 26 in downtown Providence. They will don their horned helmets and chase down participants to raise money for the Amos House.

For tickets and info about bout times and locations, go to ProvidenceRollerDerby.com or “like” them at Facebook.com/ProvidenceRollerDerby. To participate in Get Gored For Good, go to GetGoredForGood.org.

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