By Elyssa Kiva
Catlin Gabel School, Catlin Speak
Local roller derby in the Northwest has numerous events for spring and early summer. Keeping up with your favorite teams and finding new ways to be a part of this rapidly growing movement has never been easier.
The Big O tournament in Eugene over the first weekend of May draws adult skaters, junior skaters, and fans from all over the country and international teams from Scotland and Japan. Fifteen adult women’s teams, seven junior, and seven men’s teams will duke it out for bragging rights. All the action from this three-day event will be streaming online for mass audiences.
Portland’s own Rose City Rollers with games at the Oak’s Park Hanger and the Moda Center make their adult home season easily attendable. Currently, the Break Neck Betties lead with four wins and no losses followed by their rival the Heatless Heathers with two wins two losses. Guns and Rollers and the High Rollers are tied with one win each and three loses. These loud fun events between Portland’s four home teams are the perfect way to spend a Saturday night.
Rose City’s junior travel team, the Rosebuds, have their last home game against the I-5 Roller Girls, the number one ranked junior team in the region, on May 18, shortly followed by the Pacific Northwest junior championship in Washington.
The Rosebuds will also be taking new skaters into their program and launching the Rent n’ Roll program that will provide gear to wannabe skaters without the fund to afford the costly equipment. There will be an info and orientation on May 7 and first practice will be on the following Sunday May 9.
Visit the Rose City Rollers’s website to stay up to date on your favorite teams and events.