Providence Roller Derby has faced a challenging year both home and away. One of those challenges was on Apr 25 at Brown University’s Meehan Auditorium when PRD (#84) went up against Pikes Peak Derby Dames of Colorado (#85). PRD’s Rhode Island Riveters started strong with an early lead that led to a seesaw control of the scoreboard. In the second half, Pikes Peak came back with a fire of grand slams (full five points scored on a pass of the pack) and took the victory with a final score of 82-267.
In a double-header the same night, the Rocky Point Rollers played their first bout of the year against the Boston Train Wrecks. The score was far tighter with Rocky Point rocking on the flat track against the friends and familiars of Boston. The Train Wrecks pulled ahead with a win of 188-222.
Even in the face of two losses, the ladies of PRD took out their aggressions by bloodying up downtown Providence the following morning for the annual Amos House’s Get Gored For Good fundraiser festival. Wearing bull horns on their helmets and swinging rags of red paint, the girls weren’t on a violent rampage, but having laughs while chasing around participants to raise money for the homeless and hungry of Providence. As of this writing, the event has already raised not only over $121,000, but raised the spirits of those in need and in crisis. This wasn’t the only charity PRD has helped with in the past, as the league also ran a clothing drive all week in a partnership with Savers.
As the year heats up, with both home season and the East Coast Derby Extravaganza approaching, the Riveters have sworn to keep on fighting and will have two bouts coming home. First on May 16th against Suburbia (#73) in Yonkers, NY, and here at home on May 30 against Green Mountain (#74) at Brown University. For tickets and more ways to partner up/support various charities, go to ProvidenceRollerDerby.com.