Women's flat track roller derby

Skating along: 'Solstice Slam' packs hard-hitting family fun

Rock Coast Rollers defeat Upper Valley Vixens
By Staff | Jun 25, 2012
Photo by: Holly Vanorse Spicer During the 'Solstice Slam' Saturday night, June 23 at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport, members of the Rock Coast Rollers block an Upper Valley Vixen from moving through their pack. It was the second night of local women's flat track roller derby action in June.

Rockport — In their second home bout of the summer season, the Rock Coast Rollers, the Midcoast’s first and only derby girls, dragged an old grudge across state lines as they battled the Upper Valley Vixens on Saturday night, June 23 at the Midcoast Recreation Center.

In front of a nearly full house of supporters, the Rollers won the bout 192-77. The 'Solstice Slam' gave fans and the Rollers plenty of hard-hitting action against the Vixens, a rival from the hinterlands of New Hampshire and Vermont.

The rosters for the two teams were:

RCR — Captains, Hurricane Bethany (NHC5), and Mistress of the Knife (2). Sinner of Gravity (G4s), Schrödinger’s Catfight (46), Roll Doll (9), Scarina (31), Iron Orchid (69), Hard Dash (A1), Bristol Smashin’ (1885), Sk8 Plissken (22 hrs), Oxidizer (Fe203), Wheel Crazy (247), Vengeful Vegan (3xs), and VegeMighty Slamwitch (GRR8).

Upper Valley Vixens — Flicka Flash (3s co), Ivory Tower (4.ow), Sin Esther (7 deadly), Rita Hateworthy (h8), Sweede Ass Pie (3.14), Toadally Chaotic (31.7), Breezus Christ (329), Chickadee Wallop (333), Guns and Buns (.357), Kelly Ripa 2 Shreds (369), Maple Stir-Up (40:1), A.C. Slaughter (666), Fury S. Fox (1234), Make it Lorraine (8008), and Marisky Business (1984).

Face painting, bowling, chair massages and more awaited spectators of all ages inside the ice hockey rink at MRC. A halftime show with performances by the RCR Jeerleaders, and Studio Red, were followed by a raffle drawing and a quick game of "Chase the Banana," in which children tried to see who could capture the costumed banana first.

A portion of proceeds from Saturday's event went to New Hope for Women, a local nonprofit organization that helps residents of Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties create safer communities.

The Rollers first official home bout was an intrasquad battle in "Coastal Chaos" June 2.

The Rock Coast Rollers league formed in early 2011 and is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. With the unfailing support of the fans, the women of RCR are going helmet-to-helmet with some of the best roller derby leagues in the northeastern United States and Canada, making a name for Midcoast Maine in a sport that is taking the nation by storm.

The league is looking for additional referees, track officials and volunteers, and encourages anyone interested in the sport to consider becoming a part of the fast-growing phenomenon of roller derby by joining forces with a positive, empowering, community-oriented team.

Learn more about the hard-hitting, wheel-burning women of the Rock Coast Rollers and the sport of flat track roller derby on their website at rockcoastrollers.weebly.com.

Additional information from the "Solstice Slam" will appear later with this story. To view more photos, click on the link below.

Courier Publications sports staff can be reached by phone at 207-594-4401 or by email at sports@courierpublicationsllc.com.


Comments (1)
Posted by: Elizabeth Kay Gibson | Jun 30, 2012 05:54

I just got the print edition of the Herald and couldn't help but think of Norman Rockwell when I saw the Roller Derby picture by Holly Vanorse-Spicer on the front page of the Sports section.  I cannot stop looking at all the interesting faces she captured along with the action of the skaters.  It has all the quality of a Rockwell painting.  Great job, Ms Vanorse-Spicer.  This one deserves an award.

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