This weekend: Jet City Roller Girls get ready to rumble for 2011 season

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Our area’s roller derby team, the Jet City Roller Girls, kick off their 2011 season Saturday night at 6 p.m. with the Camaro Harem pitted against the Hula Honey and CarnEvil battling against last season’s champions, the Pink Pistols. Last year, the bouts were held at Edmonds Community College but the Roller Girls have a new venue at Everett Community College.

The team includes two from Edmonds: Tiffany “Ms. Stash” Bigger of the Pink Pistols and Head Non Skating Official (NSO) Brad “Barney Rumble” Thompson.

Here’s some video of the Jet City Roller Girls in action:

For the uninitiated, roller derby is a full-contact sport based on two teams roller skating around an oval track while simultaneously playing offense and defense. Points are scored by one player, called a “jammer,” legally passing players from the opposing team. Modern roller derby is predominantly female, is not staged and many leagues are entirely volunteer-operated.

Jet City is Snohomish County’s only all-female, flat-track roller derby league, founded in 2006. The league is open to women over 18 and is a member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The league is made up of four home teams: the Camaro Harem, CarnEvil, the Hula Honeys and the Pink Pistols. These teams face off against each other and also work together to form the Jet City Bombers, the league’s all-star travel team that participates in regional and national tournaments with other members of the WFTDA. The teams are completely volunteer-run and players are unpaid.

For information about tickets or season passes, visit the Jet City Roller Girls website here.

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