June 19, 2018
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Rock Coast Rollers roller derby holding final intrasquad bout Saturday night in Rockport

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff

The Rockland-based Rock Coast Rollers will host their final intrasquad roller derby bout of the season at the Midcoast Recreation Center in Rockport at 6 p.m. Saturday.

The Rollers will be divided into the Golden Gales and the Dreadnaughts for the bout. The Golden Gales won last month’s bout 206-151.

Irene Yadao, the Rollers’ public relations co-chair who is also a member of the team known as Laser Wolf, said this is the third season for the Rollers.

“We have women from all over the midcoast region,” explained Yadao, who is a rookie. “We haven’t won a ton of bouts, but we’ve grown tremendously and we’ve learned a lot. Hopefully, it’ll continue to grow next season. We have a very special group of women. We’re very supportive of each other. I’m lucky to be a part of it.”

Amanda Sprowl, who skates by the moniker Wheel Crazy, is one of the original members and one of 10 remaining. She said seven more are in their second seasons with the team.

Sprowl said there were 55 newcomers for the November tryouts of which 20 are still with the team.

“It’s an amazing experience. It’s a big part of everyone’s life,” said Sprowl, a member of the board of directors.

Sprowl said tryouts for next year’s team will be held this fall at Point Lookout in Northport.

The Rollers have traveled all over the northeast for bouts including Providence and Moncton, New Brunswick, in addition to hosting bouts at their home facility. They participated in the Northeast Derby Convention in Providence in May and the Maine Event doubleheader in Rockport against Maine Roller Derby (Portland) and Central Maine Derby (Bangor).

They also competed in the Muddy River Murder Tournament in Moncton involving a series of 20-minute bouts among 10 teams and a bout in Providence where the Rock Coast Rollers’ A team, the Perfect Storm, battled Providence’s Killah Bees.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. for Saturday’s event. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 at the door. They can be purchased online through Brown Paper Tickets ( outofthisworld.brownpapertickets.com) or at the following vendors: Atlantic Baking, Belfast Co-Op, Clean Bee Laundry, Good Tern Co-Op, the Midcoast Recreation Center, Rock City Cafe or Rock City Cycle.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Out As I Want to Be, midcoast Maine’s GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) youth organization.

There will be an after-party featuring the band The 220s at the Smokestack Grill in Camden.

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