Derby Roundup: Rolling fast into the 2019 season

The temperature is rising, which means a new year of Providence Roller Derby (PRD) is upon us, and what a year it’s shaping up to be! The travel team roster has been announced. Home season dates are set. The junior skaters are groomed and ready for battle. And PRD will make a huge return to a classic rink this summer.

But first, may I introduce you to your 2019 travel team? They are Black Widow, Boones Harm, Can’t Catch-A-Torie, Clawed Monet, Dr. Steelgood, Flyin’ King, Goldie Glocks, Hellderly Spinster, Hurrikahn, Jetta Von Diesel, La Bibliowrecka, Milla LowLife, Mini Meat, MonSwoon, Nutritional Beast, Oakley, Oxford Coma, Princess Sparklefists, Puma Thurman, Retro Rocket, Shreddy Roosevelt, Sinnamon Splice, Sis Boom Bonnie, Smashley Olsen and Susie Homewrecker.

PRD will not only compete away from home against other leagues, but they will host a few at-home games, including one on April 27 and the return of the Rhodey Robin tournament on June 22 – 23. If Auburn, Mass, isn’t too much of a hike, you can cheer them on as they compete at the Battle of Bunker Hill 2019 on June 8 – 9.

In between jams, the non-profit charitable league finds plenty of ways to engage with the community. PRD skaters will don the horned helmets once again on April 28 for the annual Get Gored for Good “Running of the Bulls” for the Amos House (watch this space for details!). Then on June 15, PRD will represent their inclusive sport with a special meet-and-greet at RI PrideFest.

The highly anticipated home season begins in the second half of the year. The league divides into three teams to compete against one another, with the winner claiming the championship trophy. Come see the Mob Squad, the Old Money Honeys and the Sakonnet River Roller Rats on
June 1
, July 27, August 31 and September 21 as they make their grand return to the Alex & Ani Skating Center in the heart of downtown Providence.

After a great showing in their first expo last December, Providence Junior Roller Derby is moving forward with upcoming bouts during the home season. More information will be revealed throughout the year, but it’s never too late for girls and gender non-conforming people between the ages of 7 and 17 to join. To register or for more information, go to the official website or send an email to juniors@providencerollerderby.com.

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