Indiana's first and Fort Wayne's only all-female, flat track roller derby league, the Fort Wayne Derby Girls
, kick off their 2012 season at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum and first home bout on January 21.
Get ready for some action as these tough girls battle it out on four-wheeled skates, using both offense and defensive tactics to skate ahead of their opposing team. This unique endurance sport is a change of pace from the typical professional athletic scene and a refreshing take on women's athletics.
The roller derby season runs from January through May and home bouts for the seasoned team take place at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. The Fort Wayne Derby Girls were co-founded by two local women in 2005. The team has since grown from about half a dozen skaters to about 50, along with countless volunteers and fans.
The Fort Wayne Derby Girls have had bouts against other well-known teams such as the The Windy City Rollers, The Chi-Town Sirens, The Chicago Outfit, the Cincinnati Black Sheep and the Ohio Rollergirls All Stars, and many more. The 2012 season includes bouts with home teams SWAT and the Bomb Squad, along with a team of newer members -- The Academy, which play at Bell's Skating Rink.
2012 Fort Wayne Derby Girls Schedule:
January 8 at Bell's Skating Rink
The Academy vs. TBA
January 21 at the Memorial Coliseum
Bomb Squad & S.W.A.T. vs. ?NEO Roller Derby
February 12 at Bell's Skating Rink
The Academy vs. TBA
February 18 at the Memorial Coliseum
Bomb Squad vs. Toronto CN Power ?S.W.A.T. vs. South Bend
March 11 at Bell's Skating Rink
The Academy vs. TBA.
April 21 at the Memorial Coliseum
Bomb Squad & S.W.A.T. vs. ?The Chicago Outfit
May 12 at the Memorial Coliseum
Bomb Squad & S.W.A.T. vs. ?Killamazoo Derby Darlins
Tickets for bouts at the Memorial Coliseum can be purchased via Ticketmaster or through the Memorial Coliseum Box Office in person at 4000 Parnell Ave. Home bouts begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets for bouts held at their secondary location, Bell's Skating Rink, are available at the door at 7009 State Road 930, also in Fort Wayne, the day of the event. Stay connected with the Fort Wayne Derby Girls online, via Facebook and Twitter. See you at the next bout!