By Tony Adams
The CenTex Roller Girls’ Sirens derby team will host Rockin’ City Saturday night at the Frank Mayborn Civic Center in Temple. Ticket prices are $9 online and $10 at the door. Military can take in the match for $5 with military identification.
CTRG, coming off a tough loss against the North Texas Derby Revolution in Denton last Saturday night, will roll the Sirens club into Saturday’s match.
“North Texas was solid at every turn,” said CenTex manager/jammer Zee Kelly. “They trained well. They have put a lot more practice in than we’ve been able to. It helps that they have their own facility and they can practice five or six days a week.”
Rockin’ City, based in Round Rock, brings a solid technical style of skating into the bout.
“They are technically sound and have been together awhile,” said Kelly. “Rockin’ City is a good match up for us so we can match our style of skating against theirs.”
With aggressive blockers in tow, the Sirens bring a physicality matched with great outside speed and agility.
“Our bodies are so adapted to getting beat up physically,” said Kelly. “We usually recover quickly.”
“We didn’t have any major injuries against North Texas, so we are able to recover quickly,” said Misbehaven Raven. “Because of the individual workouts that we have and our training regimen, we stay healthy all of the time.”
“I have been skating for just over a year and I have just gotten to the point where I am good,” said Major Lee Joneszen. “My body has gotten used to it.”
Major, an actual Army Major, notes that there is a difference between the physical training in the Army and the physical training for roller derby.
“In the military, you have your required exercises and physical training,” said Major. “In derby, some of the training is so regimented. You train harder.”
In parts of the 2013 schedule, there have been one-month spans between matches. This week, there is only seven days. That means less time to train and practice against one another. The quick turnaround helps to skaters go up against the competition sooner.
“We’re definitely eager to get back out to training and fix what we did wrong,” added Kelly. “At the same time, we have to fix it without killing each other first. So it’s going to be a very tight rope we walk.”
The CenTex Roller Girls will be hosting a fundraiser at Horny Toad Harley Davidson in Belton on Sat, Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Events will include a bike wash, barbecue plates for sale, custom dog tags for sale and roller derby demo bout that will be held in the parking lot of Horny Toad’s at 4 p.m. There will be four bands, highlighted by local band Downsiid. Donations are being sought for the fundraiser. A portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the CTRG 2013 season charity, Operation Once In A Lifetime.
CTRG is actively recruiting new skaters for their teams, both on their regular teams and junior team as well. Visit CenTexRollerGirls.com, like them on Facebook or Twitter @ctgrollergirls.