After 10 months of practice, the Rock Coast Rollers women’s roller derby team finally will take their show on the road and compete in an actual match on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Portland.

Maine Roller Derby presents Calamity Janes/RIP Tides taking on Rock Coast Rollers on Saturday, Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) at Happy Wheels, 331 Warren Ave., Portland.

The cost is $5 general admission for all ages. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at

The Calamity Janes/RIP Tides and Rock Coast Rollers started roller skating in January and are now ready to meet in a real bout.

“We’re super excited to play what is sure to be the most epic athletic battle in Maine this year,” said Jen “Sookie Stacked” Munson, president of Rock Coast Rollers’ nonprofit corporation’s board of directors. “We’ve been training hard in our tiny gym in Rockland [at the Lincoln Street Center]. We’re ready for this fight. And while it’s sure to be an intense competition, Maine Roller Derby has acted as our sister league and we want to make them proud — that’s just how derby is, 49 percent fight, 51 percent skater love.”

Maine Roller Derby is Maine’s first women’s flat track roller derby league. The league was formed in March 2006 and is comprised of approximately 40 skaters and referees. MRD is skater-owned and skater-operated, is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and is one of more than 1,000 leagues across the nation to embrace the growing sport of flat track roller derby.

Roller derby teams have been popping up around the nation — making derby one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. So far, Maine has two leagues, one based in Rockland (Rock Coast Rollers) and the other in Portland (Maine Roller Derby).

Both Maine Roller Derby and Rock Coast Rollers are skater-owned and skater-run, all-female flat track roller derby leagues. Both leagues follow Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby rules — it is not your grandmother’s derby with staged fights, Munson said. “Both Maine leagues are full of real athletes who play clean,” Munson said.

For more information on Rock Coast Rollers, go online at For more information on Maine Roller Derby, go online at Both leagues also can be found on facebook.

Additionally, the Rock Coast Rollers will hold tryouts for new skaters on Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Lincoln Street Center.

On Oct. 22, the Rollers skated to raise money for their local high school and roller derby league. The Rock Coast Rollers Roll-a-thon was a 12-hour event Oct. 22. The roller derby athletes split time in two locations — the Oceanside High School East outdoor basketball courts and indoors at the Lincoln Street Center gym.

The outdoor hoop courts at Oceanside High School were used by the Rollers during the summer. “Oceanside High School has been generous to let us use their basketball courts all summer. We just want to give back. Part of the money raised by skaters will go to the school’s extracurricular programs, which we know have slimmer budgets now than ever before,” Munson said.

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