Smokin’ Skates

Providence Roller Derby has been skating strong this season with their travel teams, the Rhode Island Riveters and the Killah Bees. After winning two of their three games at the Siege of Central New York, the Riveters were coming in hot to the Thayer Arena in Warwick on April 27. In a double header against Connecticut’s All Stars and Yankee Brutals, PRD flexed in the light of the scoreboard with big back-to-back victories. #042 Flyin King and #013 MonSwoon picked up a combined 128 points of the 183 to 145 victory over the All Stars. Locking down Connecticut’s offense was thanks in part to great blocker pairings, especially #350 Wrex and #26 Shreddy Roosevelt.

The sting from the Bees could also be felt by the Brutals with a final score of 213 to 94. #12 Varla Gunz and #014 Can’t Catch-A-Torie both capitalized on penalty advantages for high scoring jams backed up by great defensive plays from #917 La Bibliowrecka, #218 Mini Meat and newcomer #1216 Jane Austentatious.

While travel season remains hot into the early summer, the home season kicks off with a double header in downtown Providence. On Saturday, June 1, at the Alex and Ani City Center, the Mob Squad will do battle with last year’s champions, the Sakonnet River Roller Rats. Before that, the Bees will take to the flat track against Boston Roller Derby’s Boston Common.

Home Season passes are available for access to all three games plus the championship double header. For all the dates, times and locations, go to the league’s Facebook or

Don’t forget, as summer approaches, the next 12-week junior roller program starts Saturday, June 29, at PRD’s practice space in Coventry. Juniors who started out last year are already competing at PRD bouts this season. Open to ages 7 to 17, you can sign up your future derby star by reaching out to