The Rock Coast Rollers women’s flat track roller derby league has not only made a name for itself with mega popular local bouts, but now has demonstrated its vast improvement and quickly-growing success with a tournament championship.

The Rollers participated with nine other teams in the New England’s All 8 On The Floor Roller Derby Tournament Aug. 4-5 at Horgan Arena in Auburn, Mass. and when all was said and done, the local women rolled home with first place and the gold medal.

The Rollers at the tourney included Meg “Bristol Smashin’ ” Patterson, Mandy “Dynamo Daisy” Baker, Heather “Hard Dash” Steeves, Brionna “Hedda Flame” Barton, Bethany “Hurricane Bethany” McNelly-Davis, Erin “Iron Orchid” Darnell, Jammie “January Jonesin” Murphy, Shevawn “Mistress of the Knife” Innes, Zoë “Roll Doll” Foster, Leila “Scarina” Percy, Maryanne “Sinner of Gravity” Seredynski, Amie “Sk8 Plissken” Hutchinson, Sarah “Vegmighty Slamwitch” Bartz, Amanda “Wheel Crazy” Sprowl and Carolynn “Vengeful Vegan” Marriner. The team’s coaches are Jesse “Gongshow” Simko and Prent “The Beard” Marriner.

For the tourney, McNelly-Davis was the team’s heaviest hitter and Barton was the most valuable player.

The event was put on by Worcester Roller Derby and the Rock Coast Rollers certainly had a hot time of it, with skating conditions in the rink pushing 90 degrees.

There were five bouts each on Saturday and Sunday in the “B” team roller derby single-elimination tourney.

The 10 participating leagues were: Worcester Roller Derby (team name: Worcester Warriors); Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (team name: Western Mass Destruction); Bay State Brawlers (team name: Petticoat Punishers); Rock Coast Rollers (as Rock Coast Rollers); Green Mountain Derby Dames (team name: Black Ice Brawlers); Maine Roller Derby (team name: Clamity Janes); Hartford Area Roller Derby (team name: Hartford Wailers); Shoreline Roller Derby (as Shoreline Roller Derby); New Hampshire Roller Derby (team name: Queen City Cherry Bombs); and Granite State Roller Derby (team name: Legislashers).

When the skating was over, the Rock Coast Rollers finished first and won the gold medal, with Western Mass. Destruction placing second and securing the silver medal and Clamity Janes third and collecting the bronze.

The bout scores were:

Game 1: One team did not participate so Western Mass Destruction moved on.

Game 2: Rock Coast Rollers 170, Petticoat Punishers 78.

Game 3: Clamity Janes 139, Black Ice Brawlers 58.

Game 4: Shoreline Roller Derby 97, Hartford Wailers 53.

Game 5: Rock Coast Rollers 100, Worcester Warriors 55.

Game 6: Clamity Janes 94, Queen City Cherry Bombs 51.

Game 7: Shoreline 86, Legislashers 56.

Game 8: Rock Coast Rollers 84, Clamity Janes 58.

Game 9: Western Mass Destruction 116, Shoreline 42.

Game 10: Clamity Janes 105, Shoreline 30.

Game 11: Rock Coast Rollers 94, Western Mass Destruction 71.

Some of the highlights, or personal touches from Rollers at the tourney were: A double rainbow appeared outside during the final bout. Maine Roller Derby and the Rollers’ derby widows were the team’s best fans with hand-made signs and loud cheers. The locals (hotels and restaurants) were kind and interested in roller derby. Many teams requested the Rollers’ contact information because they wanted to bout with the local team. The referees stated that the Rollers were always kind and respectful, even when members of the team were in the penalty box.

The Rock Coast Rollers, the Midcoast’s roller derby league, will host an historic all-Maine roller derby doubleheader on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

The event will feature full-length bouts with two teams of Rollers facing skaters from Maine Roller Derby in Portland as well as from Bangor Roller Derby.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. and the first whistle will be at 6 p.m.

This unprecedented all-Maine, all-female sports event is expected to sell out in advance. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door, and will be available at the Good Tern, Rock City Coffee, and Atlantic Baking Co., as well as from and

The Rollers also are looking for a new permanent home as they have been holding bouts at the MRC but that facility will again be used by ice hockey starting in the fall.

Courier Publications Sports Director Ken Waltz can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at