OSWEGO – Port City Roller Derby will offer five home bouts in Crisafulli Rink entering the league’s third season playing this fast-growing sport.
Competing its first two years as Oz Roller Girls, PCRD’s Breakwall Bombshells will kick off its season May 25 hosting the Roc City Roller Derby B-Sides. The veteran Rochester team won the only meeting between the leagues last season in a 205-188 thriller.
On June 15, Port City will host the Albany All-Stars Roller Derby A Team. Oz topped Albany’s A squad twice last year in two exciting bouts, 204-162 in Albany, and 219-173 at home.
The annual intra-league bout will take place on July 20. Two teams of Port City Roller Derby skaters will vie for pride, fun and the affection of fans.
Port City will welcome the Black Diamond Derby Dames on Aug. 17. It is the first meeting between the local league and Black Diamond, based in Northern Pennsylvania.
PCRD will close the season with a doubleheader on Sept. 14. The Breakwall Bombshells will take on the Capital City Derby Dolls Dolly Rogers from Ottawa, a nationally ranked Canadian squad. PCRD’s B squad of newer skaters will host the rookie Finger Lakes Lunachicks league.
Most home events also will feature bonus bouts with the Port City Roller Derby Juniors, a league for younger skaters ages 10 to 17. More information on these matchups will be provided when opponents are confirmed. Doors open for bouts at 5 p.m. with action starting around 6 p.m.
The Breakwall Bombshells will take their show on the road for at least five away bouts: May 4 at Albany; June 1 at Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers in Olean; July 13 at the Kingston Derby Girls’ Disloyalists; Aug. 10 at the Dolly Rogers in Ottawa; and Oct. 5 at the Ithaca League of Women Rollers’ Bluestockings.
A portion of proceeds from each bout will support a local charity. Last year, the league donated more than $1,000 in money and supplies to several Oswego County not-for-profits.
Season tickets are now available, costing $45 for adults, $20 for children ages 5 to 12, from the Season Tickets tab on the league’s website, www.portcityrollerderby.org.
Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run non-profit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community. PCRD always seeks skaters, refs and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training. For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email [email protected]