This Saturday Jenny and I decided to go to a roller derby match. For the past two years we had neighbors who are roller derby girls and we always meant to go watch them, but never did until now. Jacksonville has two roller derby teams the Jacksonville Roller Girls and the Greater Jacksonville Roller Derby. We went to see the Greater Jacksonville Roller Derby a/k/a the Jax Heart Attacks.
If any of you are old enough you might remember when roller derby was on tv. If you haven’t seen it was basically pro wrestling with skates and a circle track. I think it might have even been fake. Well the basics are still the same but the tracks are not inclined, your not allowed to push, punch, kick, pull hair, trip or anything like that. You basically can only body check from the waist to below the head and use your skating skills. But don’t think that makes it weak, there are a lot of girls that will still do it and there are a lot of penalties.
I basically thought the match was pretty exciting and couldn’t stop thinking, “those girls are tough”. My favorite player is the jammer. The jammer is the person who scores points by being in front of the other teams’ jammer and makes it around the track without getting knocked out of bounds. You can tell who she is by the star on her helmet. A jammer scores points based on how many of the other teams’ players they pass. I’m not going to get all into the rules, but I put a video link at the end of the post if you care. I can also be wrong on some of this so if you know, correct me. But I did think the match was really exciting and would be willing to go again.
Sorry about the choppy clip fades in the video, it took me close to four hours to put together. And right now I don’t feel like redoing it.
The Match was Greater Jacksonville Roller Girls(green) VS Columbia Quad Squad(red)
Greater Jacksonville Roller Derby Spanksgiving 11/22/08
Video by tom p.
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