OSWEGO — The Oz Roller Girls are working hard in advance of their season finale, when they host Assault City Roller Derby’s Assault Squad on Sept. 15 in Crisafulli Rink.
Doors open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for this clash of roller derby teams from Oswego and Syracuse in a superhero-themed bout titled Star Pass of Doom.
For the local non-profit organization, staging a bout means more than just competing. Skaters, referees and other volunteers prepare for the logistics required to put on a show for hundreds of audience members. And the Oz Roller Girls promise one big surprise for their fans at this final bout.
Oz comes in with a 7-5 record following a 234-90 loss to the Capital City Derby Dolls’ Dolly Rogers in Ottawa.
The Dolly Rogers are the 25th-ranked Travel/B-Team in all of Canada.
Oz does have a nine-game home winning streak, but the A team from Assault City presents an obstacle to running that figure to a perfect 10.
The Assault Squad most recently skated to a sixth-place finish at the Empire Skate Showdown over Labor Day weekend, a tournament featuring some of the top teams around the state.
A portion of the event’s proceeds will support Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, which promotes awareness and prevention of suicide.
Attendees also can bring school supplies for the Stuff A Bus program that supports needy schoolchildren in Oswego County.
Tickets cost $15 for trackside VIP, $10 general admission, $5 kids age 4 to 12, with children 3 and under admitted free.
Tickets are available from any Oz Roller Girls league member or online at www.ozrollergirls.org