Wolfgang Kurth photo
To say we’ve had a busy eight days would be an understatement … but an awesome eight days it’s been as well.
Last Saturday (May 31), our A team Breakwall Bombshells went on the road to face the always-tough Albany All-Stars’ A squad. They are hard to beat in the Washington Street Armory, with their strong fan support, and Albany came out early and took it to the Bombshells to build a 100-75 halftime lead.
But the Bombshells consider themselves a second-half team with good reason, rallying for an exciting 189-161 Port City win — the 11th straight victory for PCRD’s adult teams. The Sisters of No Mercy — Crushed Red Pepper and Insane Assilem — earned MVP jammer and MVP blocker honors, respectively, for the Bombshells. MVP jammer for Albany was Stef Leopard, with Sirius Trauma capturing MVP blocker for the All-Stars.
Wolfgang Kurth photo
The week since (in addition to practices) has featured events out in the community. On Friday night, several PCRD skaters volunteered to help the Oswego Little League’s 5K fundraiser. We basically directed traffic and runners and — our favorite part — offered encouragement to participants. Helping the community is in our league DNA, so we love when we’re able to help out good causes.
Poison Ivory and Tippy Two-Step volunteering.
Saturday brought our biggest fundraiser of the year, our BBQ at Lighthouse Lanes. Thanks to awesome community support, we sold out of the pulled pork option within the first hour, with the remaining chicken dinners also selling out early, well before 4. Throw in baked goods and chances to win other prizes, and we had many happy customers. We thank everybody who supported us by eating a yummy meal and especially host and sponsor Lighthouse Lanes!
From there, some of our skaters showed up at the longtime local attraction Oswego Speedway. We had a special Meet and Greet session in the afternoon at the speedway’s tiki bar to help support the “Kids on Track” program and hung around to enjoy a night of four-wheeled (as opposed to roller derby’s eight-wheeled) action!
Arthena, Jaded Glory and Lady RedKat bringing PCRD love to the Lunachicks.
Saturday night also saw three of our own — Arthena, Jaded Glory and Lady RedKat — answer a request from our friends the Finger Lakes Lunachicks to borrow some of our skaters. For newer leagues, borrowing skaters (with the blessing of opponents) is a common thing … we’ve had the help of guest skaters, we’ve played against teams with guest skaters and supplied guest skaters to fellow leagues. Roller derby is unique in this kind of sportsmanship and sisterhood. Our skaters had a great time and helped the Lunachicks secure a win!
That’s a lot of stuff for eight days, but summer is prime time for our roller derby league. In less than two weeks, we host a rematch with the Albany All-Stars in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink on Saturday, June 21. Should be a huge game as part of a really busy few weeks … but that seems to be the way we like it.