Bangor Roller Derby to hold first home bout Saturday in Hampden

Posted March 14, 2013, at 10:23 p.m.

HAMPDEN, Maine — Bangor Roller Derby will hold its first home bout when its two home teams go head-to-head at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Skehan Recreation Center, which is the old Hampden Academy gym.

The bout, the group’s March Melee, will split the Bangor Roller Derby into two teams, the Rainbros and Gold Diggers. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. with a $5 general admission fee and $1 for those ages 5 and under.

Bangor Roller Derby, which consists of women athletes, was established in August 2011 and began holding bouts the next summer. The team won its first two bouts, two against the Rock Coast Rollers of Rockland and another against Manadanock Roller Derby of Henniker, N.H.

Bangor suffered its first loss on Feb. 16 when it traveled to Portland to take on the Calamity James of Maine Roller Derby in Portland.

The Bangor Roller Derby follows rules from the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association and is working toward an apprenticeship with that organization.

Roller derby is a contest between two teams on roller skates and is held on a circular board track. The two five-woman teams race around the track and work to free a teammate or teammates for the opportunity to score by lapping one or more opponents.

There are two 30-minute halves with a 15-minute intermission.

Bangor Roller Derby has five upcoming bouts, with two set in Hampden, April 27 vs. Fog City Rollers of New Brunswick and June 1, another intraleague bout. Its three road games are: April 13 vs. Pair O’Dice City in Westfield, Mass.; May 18 vs. Upper Valley Vixens in Woodstock, Vt.; and June 15 against the Poison Pixies in Dover, N.H.

Those interested in attending Saturday’s bout may purchase tickets by visiting: http://brdmarchmelee.brownpapertickets.com/

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