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When Port City Roller Derby’s Breakwall Bombshells rallied in the final jam to top Enchanted Mountain Roller Derby’s Hellbilly Heartbreakers on the road 237-234 on June 1, 2013, little did anybody realize the streak they had begun. It would take 14 games and 413 days until July 19, 2014, when the Port City Sirens dropped the second game of a doubleheader, until any of PCRD’s adult leagues would lose a matchup.
A lot happens in 13 months and 18 days in the derby world: We’ve seen countless skaters join, level up and make their playing debuts; one of our founding members, Abbie Cadaver, gave birth to her daughter Maya and returned to action; and a few leagues formed and folded in Upstate New York.
We also should add that Port City’s A team, the Breakwall Bombshells, still hasn’t lost since falling to the tough Roc City B Sides on May 25, 2013, as the victory over the Hellbilly Heartbreakers started an ongoing 10-game win streak that included a win in that July doubleheader’s opening game.
PCRD has won in various parts of New York and Canada, by single digits and triple digits. Won slugfests, won high-scoring thrillers, won with strength and speed and skill and smarts over plenty of good competition. But along the way, the league has not been satisfied, continuing to practice hard and long to prepare for the next opponent.
Speaking of the next opponent, the upcoming home bout on Saturday, Aug. 9, could close a loop. The Port City Sirens’ recent loss came to the Kingston Derby Girls’ Rogue Warriors. Saturday’s opponent, the opportunity to start a new winning streak, comes from that very same league: Kingston’s travel B team, the Skateful Dead.
That adds plenty of intrigue to the international showdown, titled War of Sk8teen12, with doors opening at 5 p.m. for the 6 p.m. bout. Advance tickets are available online or from league members at $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12. Kids 4 and under are admitted free. Adult tickets are also available for $12 at the door. We invite you to bring chairs to take advantage of trackside seating.
As an added reason, a portion of proceeds will support the local scholastic Buc Boosters drive to support competition in our community.
Will a new win streak begin? Come on out and see!