Chaos, teamwork, competition and high speed roller-skating were the ingredients that made up the thrilling Roller Derby bout on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Lane Events Center.
Roars of excitement welcomed the Flat Track Furies and the Andromedolls onto the track, officially starting bout two of the 2014-15 season.
The women were introduced while skating in a fashion resembling a snake being charmed. Bullet Brains, Lethal Ivy, Deathwish, and Slam Shady aroused primal yells of excitement from the crowd assembled on the bleachers.
A few whistles and huddles later – the roller women were thrashing around the track at speeds topping 25 mph.
Points racked up fast for the Flat Track Furies in the first period, but the Andromedolls fought hard and finished the period with a few points of their own on the board.
At least 15 times a player fell, was toppled and back up on her skates before the crowd could even let out an “Owww!”
Each team put a lot of effort into the game. It’s hard to imagine that anyone came out of the match unscathed. The spectators remained enthralled throughout the whole bout and made sure to let the players know it every chance they got.
“It was good. They all played really hard out there. Those are my girls,” former Lane Community College student, Erin Tiel aka Bullet Brains said. Tiel, who didn’t play due to an injury, attended Lane in 2002 and again in 2005-06.
“I loved my teachers at Lane, they really made me feel like they care,” Tiel said. “One teacher even set me up with an awesome nanny job.”
The third bout of the season will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Lane Events Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $12.