ROCKLAND and PORTLAND — Rockland’s brand-new roller derby league, the Rock Coast Rollers, will face Maine Roller Derby’s newest team, the R.I.P. Tides in both teams’ first competition ever.
Both teams started roller skating in January and are now ready to bout. The teams will face off at Portland’s Happy Wheels at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.
“We’re super excited to play what is sure to be the most epic athletic battle in Maine this year,” said Jen “Sookie Stacked” Munson, the president of Rock Coast Rollers’ nonprofit corporation’s board of directors (who also throws a mean hip check). “We’ve been training hard in our tiny gym in Rockland. We’re ready for this fight. And while it’s sure to be an intense competition, Maine Roller Derby has acted as our sister league and we want to make them proud — that’s just how derby is, 49 percent fight, 51 percent skater love.”
Roller derby teams have been popping up around the nation — making derby one of the fastest growing sports in the nation. So far, Maine has two leagues — Rockland’s and Portland’s. That makes the Oct. 29 bout groundbreaking.
Both Maine Roller Derby and Rock Coast Rollers are skater-owned and skater-run, all-female flat-track roller derby leagues. Both leagues follow Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby rules — it’s not your grandma’s derby with staged fights. Both Maine leagues are full of real athletes who play clean.
Tickets are $5 and available at brownpapertickets.com/event/193358 or at the door. The bout is expected to sell out.