The Juneau Rollergirls are sending a hit squad of skaters to take on Anchorage Rage City Rollergirls’ team the Dirty Polli’s on Saturday at the Dena’lina Center in Anchorage.
It is the combined Raven Lunatics and Kilkats first match against another league opponent.
“I can’t wait to go up to Anchorage and kick some rage city butt,” Jeanne Crochet, a.k.a. Jean Claude Hot Damn, said. “There is a girl with a tattoo on her face who they say is one of their best players. Well watch out because I am going to go all girl-with-a-dragon-tattoo on her. Heck yeah, here we come Anchorage.”
The Rage City Rollergirls league has been in existence for five seasons. The Dirty Polli’s are last season’s league champions. The league is the largest of Alaska’s nine leagues which includes the Fairbanks Rollergirls, North Pole Babes In Toy Land, Wasilla’s Denali Destroyer Dolls, Palmer’s Boom Town Derby Dames, Kodiak’s Rock Island Rollergirls, and the Kenai Oilers
“They are a hard hitting tough team,” Sockeye Sally’s Diane Kozak, aka Back Seat Betty, said of league foe Dirty Polli’s. “They are a strategy heavy, very savvy team as well. They will want to win badly. We as a league want all the teams to do well, this is a competitive sport.”
The Anchorage roller derby season begins in August and runs through May. The teams practice on skates three days a week. They also integrate cross training during the season and off skating activities during the summer for better muscle control and core body control.
“We’ve been working towards playing against another league since the Juneau Rollergirls started in the spring of 2010,” Juneau bench coach Lauren Brooks, aka Conquistawhore 151, said. “We are excited to test our skills against the Dirty Polli’s, last year’s Rage City (Anchorage) champions. It’s extremely gratifying to see how far we’ve come and I can’t wait to test the combined power of the Kilkats and the Raven Lunatics on the track.”
Although this is the Juneau Rollergirls first bout outside of Juneau, several of the team went to Anchorage last spring for roller derby boot camp.
“They have a number of talented players, but I am very confident in our team’s abilities,” Brooks said.
Brooks is taking a break from skating due to a knee injury and has discovered that bench coaching was a great opportunity for growth within the sport.
“I’ve learned so much more about the strategy of the game and the dynamics of my team,” Brooks said. “It will be an honor to bench coach the travel team in Anchorage.”
The Juneau Rollergirls also have a February bout scheduled against the Yukon Rollergirls from Whitehorse.