Submitted by the Oz Roller Girls
OSWEGO — After a successful home debut, the Oz Roller Girls return to Crisafulli Rink for their second home bout — and the launch of intraleague roller derby — for a doubleheader on Saturday, May 14.
The Oz Roller Girls main team will host Watertown’s Black River Rollers in the headline bout. In the other match, the Oz league’s in-house teams, the Port City Sirens and the Nukes of Hazzard, will make their debut. Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. start.
While 14 of the league’s top players make the main team for any given bout, intraleague matches allow all skaters who have passed skill tests to participate.
“All of our skaters, regardless of skill level, work so hard in practices, and many will make their public derby debut in the intraleague bout,” said league founder Victoria Usherwood-Gailinas. “You tend to see evenly matched teams with a lot of familiarity with each other, so you often have a really tight contest from start to finish.”
The Oz Roller Girls won their first home bout, 161-76, over Cortland’s Crown City Royal Pains in a packed Crisafulli Rink. They hope to continue that momentum against Watertown, Usherwood-Gailinas said, but every team brings a different set of challenges.
She added that the league is looking for more volunteers to handle a variety of duties, from referees and non-skating officials tracking scores and penalties to servers and people staffing merchandise tables. “Everyone involved has a lot of fun and knows they’re part of something special,” Usherwood-Gailinas said.
As part of the Oz Roller Girls’ commitment to giving back to the community, part of the proceeds from the bout will benefit the Oswego County Humane Society.
For tickets (including discount presale general admission seats), information or to learn more about participating or volunteering, visit www.ozrollergirls.com.