Skaters from Crossroads City Derby, El Paso Roller Derby and Clovis’ Dirty Curry Prairie Dolls came together with Alamogordo’s Derbal Remedy Roller Derby for the “Get Your Derby 101” Mash-Up at the Tays Center at NMSU-Alamogordo Campus. Team Black (with Malibully Barbie from Derbal Remedy as Captain) and Team White (with Toxic Ash from Derbal Remedy as Captain) gave the standing-room-only crowd a taste of roller derby and let them see what their hometown team was capable of doing.
This bout was something I have waited for since I first got on skates. The excitement leading up to this game was crazy. DRRD has worked hard to find a way to bring roller derby to the masses and it proved to be very successful. After two years of hard work, I was able to invite my friends (the few I have whom are not derby players), co-workers, and other random people to see me and my team play the game that has captured my heart. Four of my teammates (Mockingbird Pain, Low Brawler, Bomb Loader Bettie and Cap’n Punch Berries) got to experience playing derby for the first time in front of a home crowd. These girls did a fantastic job and got to see how their hard work paid off. My fantastic coach and friend, Coach Coco, was able to see his skaters play at home, a dream that he and I have had for quite some time. The game was fast and hard hitting with both teams battling back and forth in an amazing match. In the end, Team White was able to squeak out a win over Team Black in this very close game.
What commenced after the bout was an amazing night of bonding between derby families. We laughed, reminisced, talked derby, jam skated, and just had an overall good time celebrating roller derby coming to Alamogordo.
While the game was nothing short of awesome, it would never have been possible without the amazing people that have helped DRRD to get to where we are. Since we got off the ground in late 2011, other teams have stepped up to help us out. CCD has been amazing to us in inviting us to come down and scrimmage on multiple occasions, sending skaters to hold clinics for us, and even helping to ensure we would have refs for our games. Anytime I have had a question about anything derby related (gear, rules, strategy, etc.) and someone from my own team doesn’t have the answer, I just ask a derby sister/brother from another team and they are always willing to help out. As The Beatles would say “I get by with a little help from my friends…” The derby love is strong in Southern New Mexico (and neighboring Texas) and this little derby team from Alamogordo appreciates it all.
Toxic Ash #87
Derbal Remedy Roller Derby