OSWEGO — The Oz Roller Girls resume their first season of roller derby when they host the ManchVegas Roller Girls, from New Hampshire, Saturday, Aug. 27, in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.
Billed as Family Night, the game — appropriately — pairs sister leagues, both launched by Victoria Usherwood-Gailinas, who now runs Wicked Evil Skate Merch in Oswego. Doors open at 5 p.m., with a 6 p.m. start.
The two teams locked up in New Hampshire in May, with Oz breaking open a tight contest late for a 194-147 victory. The high-scoring contest saw big nights for Oz jammers Masso-Kiss-Tic Mandy (64 points) and Abbie Cadaver (53) vs. top ManchVegas jammers Ima Menace (64 points) and Chick Anery (60). The teams anticipate another high-scoring but respectful match.
The bout also represents the second-to-last opportunity to catch an Oz Roller Girls match in a season that introduced the growing sport to the Port City. Currently sporting a 7-2 record after winning the Triple D Tournament, Oz will wrap its inaugural season with a home bout Sept. 10 against Syracuse’s Assault City Roller Derby.
A portion of the proceeds from the Aug. 27 bout will support the Chick Anery Fight Club, and attendees are invited to bring school supplies for a Stuff-A-Bus collection that will help schoolchildren who cannot afford their own supplies.
Advance-sale tickets cost $13 for trackside VIP seating ($15 at the door), with attendees invited to bring their own chairs, with general admission tickets costing $8 ($10 at the door). To encourage Family Night attendance, Oz added $3 general admission tickets for children 12 and under.
For tickets or more information on the Oz Roller Girls, visit ozrollergirls.com.