On Saturday, October 10th the Dominion Derby Girls All-Stars faced off against the Cape Fear Roller Girls from North Carolina. The following is a recap of the night by our announcer Lane Rocks.
The evening went AWESOME…for more than a few reasons. For one, I was sent to announce again with my cohort Navajo Joe, which is always a blast. He and his wife (derby gal Tenacious Vee) play in Red Stapler Duo, so he’s down with mics, music, has great equipment and is just all around great to work with. As we were setting up, we were approached by a dude named Lou who offered us his announcing services ( no pressure, just if we needed) via the visiting team, the Cape Fear Roller Girls. He said he’d been announcing with them for a while and travels with them when he can. We said he could definitely hang with us as it would be a great asset to have someone who knew the visiting team. In roller derby, the names are often obscure, tongue-in-cheek, witty…& sometimes hard to pronounce! Thus we were totally cool with having him hang.
In working with the house sound system logistics, Joe went to the DJ booth to run music & be on mic (which was a great asset having him in there, we didn’t have to worry about blaring speakers which is awful for the players/refs/NSO’s), while I hung out with this guy named Lou as we prepped to get the bout started.
Lou had bought out a garment bag, out of which he pulled a quite fancy suit jacket. He shrugs on this jacket, looking quite dapper with his shorts & flip flops…& was ready to go as I clicked on the mic. So…this Lou guy…he opens by introducing the Cape Fear Roller Girls…& as his voice hit the speakers…my jaw actually dropped (because I have zero poker face). OH MY QUAD, BECKY…this dude was LEGIT. Not only did he have a great voice, he was passionate about the game & everyhing rolled off his tongue from play by plays to rule changes to WFTDA history to divisional playoffs…oh ya know…all the cool stuff that falls from one mouth when you’ve been derby announcing for about a DECADE…as he later mentioned in conversation.
Basically a Walter Cronkite for roller derby. No big deal. Lou Botomy was his name & derby announcing was definitely his game! Joe & I, as well as a bevy of others who commented on the evening…were definitely impressed.
Dang. The night went SO SMOOTH from BellaDonna Crash KILLING it on the National Anthem ( like usual, we had random fans come to tell us how amazing she was, we’re talking legit goosebumps singing accapella EVERY. SINGLE. TIME). A step team came and bought down the house at half-time, we saw some amazing plays, killer hits, tons of trips to the sin bin & then my favorite part of the night…want to know what it was??? Two jammers at the end of a jam removing their stars from their helmet to pass for the next skaters coming on…laughing with each other.
Oh, you didn’t expect that, did you? I’m such a sap, eh? Don’t get me wrong…it was a rough & tough game with all the excitement we love roller derby for…that jam itself was as brutal as the others but that was one moment that stuck out because it was a total sports(wo)manship moment. Kicking ass & taking hits in one second, but after that fourth whistle was blown to call the jam, they were just two gals in skates, heading back to their benches, interacting with “class” (haha & I’m sure some crass!). That’s the kind of thing you want to have happen. It’s moments like that.
One or two or three may roll their eyes reading that (whatever, players aren’t out there to make friends…) but there really IS something to be said to be able to bring the heat &… well…not be a jerk. It was really cool to just visibly see it happen in a moment.
But what do I know? I just hold the mic, these days. The entire game was full of energy, sweat, hustle & legit work for every point scored. So yep, great bout, awesome like always to work with Joe again & Lou was a total gem to have. Joe & I even got a pic with him & we definitely hope to cross paths again! Super duper kudos to Gasaline Allie for everything she does to get out leagues bout production at the level it’s at!
To close…I’m really looking forward to the next bout. AS in REALLY. Home teams, man. The league gets split in to two, with even skill levels, vets & newbies on both. The skaters who know each other strengths & weaknesses, who to hit, who to avoid…
IT IS AWESOME!
Virginia Beach Jetties versus Norfolk Rails, 12th of December 2015. If you’re in the 757, be there. Or be watching re-runs on cable. It’s cool. No judgement.
Final Score 101-243
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