Hundreds turn out for annual Detroit Roller Derby Star Wars bout

DRD AllStar Jilleanne Rookard jumps over blockers in the April 22 game. Photo: Phil Conners

DRD AllStar Jilleanne Rookard jumps over blockers in the April 22 game.

Photo: Phil Conners

DETROIT, MI) The force was strong with the Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) and the hundreds of fans who turned out for the league's annual Star Wars game on Saturday. New this year, the skaters on DRD's All-Star Travel Team were divided in half and battled each other! It was the Rebel Alliance in red verse the Empire in black. It was close throughout most of the game. However, in the second half, the Empire pushed ahead and secured their galactic win. The final score 208 to 151.

Many thanks to the Great Lakes Garrison 501st Legion who looked amazing in their various Star Wars costumes. Countless pictures were snapped with them during the single header game creating some out of this world memories.

Also, a big shout out to those who generously donated to the Downtown Youth Boxing gym program on Saturday. The league was able to give them the necessary supplies to continue to empower area kids through education, mentorship, and athletics. The organization certainly appreciates the derby love!

If you missed out on Saturday's game, don't worry another one is already in the works. On May 20th, Detroit Men's Roller Derby will play against the St. Louis B Keepers inside Detroit's historic Masonic Temple. The Motor City Disassembly Line will also take on the Lansing Derby Vixens in their season opener. Tickets are currently available at www.brownpapertickets.com. You can also get them at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $15 in advance. Doors open at 5:00pm. The first whistle will blow at 6:00pm.

The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. There is plenty of parking onsite. The Detroit Masonic Temple is the largest building of its kind in the entire world with more than a thousand rooms. It has hosted hundreds of weddings, concerts and served as the back drop for many Hollywood movies.

For a complete list of DRD's upcoming events, skater profiles, a closer look at our teams and our affiliation with Detroit Men's Roller Derby, check out our new website at www.detroitrollerderby.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

May the Force be with Detroit Roller Derby During April 22nd Bout!

May the force be with you and all the Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) skaters taking part in April 22nd Star Wars themed bout at Detroit's Masonic Temple. Fans are also encouraged to dust off their Darth Vader, Storm Trooper and Luke Skywalker costumes and join in on all the fun. Detroit Roller Derby's All-Star travel team will be split in half and they will battle each other! Who will win? The Rebel Alliance in red or the Empire in black. You'll have to come to the drill hall and see for yourself! You can also stock up on the team's brand new trading cards that will help raise money for traveling to away games this season.

DRD will be collecting items for the Downtown Youth Boxing Gym program during the April bout. It's an organization that through education, athletics and mentorship is working to empower Detroit's youth and make them productive members of society. The league has previously volunteered our time to the group. Now, we want to take it to the next level and help them get the necessary supplies to keep their effort going. We will gladly accept lined notebook paper, boys white collared shirts, socks, hats, gloves and thermal underwear for the kids.

Doors open for the single header game at 5:00pm. The action will start at 6:00pm. Tickets for the April 22nd bout are now available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2729939.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street. It is the largest building of its kind in the entire world with more than a thousand rooms. It has also served as a back drop for many Hollywood movies, television shows and has welcomed some of the hottest musical acts around.

See you when the Masonic is transformed into a galaxy far, far away!

D-Funk wins 2016-2017 Championship Title!

Photo courtesy of: Joe Mac

Photo courtesy of: Joe Mac

It's been an exciting year for Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) so far and what a way to end the home game season! On Saturday, hundreds turned out as D-Funk and the Detroit Pistoffs gave it all they had in hopes of taking home Olive. The intensity could be felt on and off the track. In the end, D-Funk's jammers could not be stopped despite the valiant efforts of the Pistoffs' blocking lines. The final score of the night 250 to 161. Congratulations to D-Funk on their championship and to Sykes for being voted MVP!

The Detroit Men's Roller Derby (DMRD) team warmed up the crowd. They took on the Cleveland Guardians who traveled all the way to Detroit to skate in the historic Masonic Temple on Saturday. Both teams made some new fans with all the hard hitting action. DMRD proved they were ready to RIOT. They beat Cleveland 364 to 128.

We also want to give a big shout out to all those who supported the Chemo Comfort Bag collection organized by D-Funk's own Brazen Kane. All the donated items will soon go to someone undergoing painful chemotherapy treatments. Your generosity will no doubt give them something to smile about.

DRD's next game is set for April 22nd. We will be introducing the members of this year's All Stars travel team as Detroit faces off against Detroit! That's right! We've split the travel team in half and they will be battling each other. Who will win, the Rebel Alliance in red or the Empire in black? The theme is Star Wars so dust off your Darth Vader and Storm Trooper costumes and hang out with us. Tickets are currently available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2729939

See you next month. Until then "May the force be with you!"

Couple weds at February 4th Detroit Roller Derby Double Header

Courtesy : Joe Mac

Courtesy : Joe Mac

It was a history making moment for Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) inside the Masonic Temple on Saturday. The drill hall was transformed into a wedding chapel during half time of the first game. The Detroit Pistoff's Terror Ettes tied the knot with her long time boyfriend, Corey Ryder in true derby style. Family, friends and fans took part in the ceremony that was perfect from beginning to end. Congratulations to Melissa and Corey Ryder on a life full of love and laughter!

And Terror Ettes got the best wedding present. She was voted Most Valuable Player (MVP) in her game against the Grand Prix Madonnas. She and the rest of the Pistoffs will now be heading to DRD's Championship bout in March. 
There were lots of hard hits and lead changes on Saturday but the Pistoffs walls were hard to beat and their jammers tough to stop. The final score 207 to 126.

The Pistoffs will now take on the D-Funk Allstars in their quest for the acclaimed Championship title and "Olive" trophy next month. D-Funk's offense and defense proved to be too much for the Devil's Night Dames who fought hard until the final whistle. D-Funk resoundingly defeated the Dames 330 to 147. D-Funk jammer Sykes was named MVP in that match up.

Tickets are now available at Brown Paper Tickets for the March 18th Championship game. Detroit Men's Roller Derby will play against the Cleveland Guardians in the first game of the night. And don't worry if you can't make it, the season is far from over. You can check out DRD's full schedule here.

Couple Will Tie The Knot At February 4th Detroit Roller Derby Double Header

Love will be in the air at the Masonic Temple in Detroit on February 4th. Fans of Detroit Roller Derby will get to cheer on their favorite teams during the double header game and attend a wedding. For the first time in the organization's history, a couple will tie the knot at half time proving their love for one another and for one of the fastest growing sports in the world. There won't be a dry eye in the house as we celebrate this couple's union and future together derby style.

The Devil's Night Dames who are still flying high after huge win at the Masonic Temple last month will start off the night when they take on the DFunk Allstars. With several newly drafted skaters on their roster, they will try to keep their winning streak going. The Detroit Pistoffs and the Grand Prix Madonnas will face off in the second game. The winner of both bouts will secure a spot in the Championship game on March 18th.

Doors open at 5:00pm. The whistle will blow promptly at 6:00pm kicking off the hard hitting action. Tickets are available right now at www.brownpapertickets.com. They are $15 in advance and $18 at the door the day of the game. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. The after party/reception will be at Harry's on Clifford Street in Detroit.

The Detroit Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. It is the largest building of its kind in the entire world with 16 floors and 1,037 rooms. It was built in 1922 and now hosts many of the areas top concerts and has served as the back drop for countless movies.

 

January 14th Heroes vs. Villains game results

Roughly 600 people packed the Masonic Temple on Saturday night for the latest Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) match up. They came dressed in their favorite Superhero and Villains costumes for a game full of twists and turns just like any good comic book. The Devil's Night Dames faced off against the undefeated Grand Prix Madonnas. The Dames borrowed several skaters in Detroit Roller Derby's upcoming draft to fill their roster after retirements and injuries left the team short handed. Their picks proved beneficial and their jammers unstoppable.

The Dames led for much of the game by at least 20 points but it was triple that at times. In the second half, the Grand Prix Madonnas were able to tighten their walls and the score. In the final jam of the night, Feta Sleeze brought the crowd to their feet. She was able to overcome the double digit deficit and briefly take the lead. In the end, it was too little too late. The Grand Prix Madonnas came up short one point in this nail biter. The final score 161 to 160. Peppers who is new to the league and up for draft on Wednesday night was voted MVP of the game.

Many fans also took part in a costume contest at half time that was out of this world. But they were no competition for 3-year old Fiona Smith and her super powers. The littlest Super Girl took home the top prize of the night and was awarded a Harley Quinn doll for stealing the show with her cuteness. Way to go Fiona!

Detroit Roller Derby is already planning for the next game on February 4th. Love will be in the air so you do not want to miss this. It is a double header in which the Devil's Night Dames will try to keep their winning streak going when they play the D-Funk AllStars. The Detroit Pistoffs and the Grand Prix Madonnas will challenge each other in the second match up of the night. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com in advance or you can buy them at the door the day of the game.

See you next month!

Photo courtesy of: David Randall

Photo courtesy of: David Randall

Photo courtesy of: Josh Kahl

Photo courtesy of: Josh Kahl

Photo courtesy of: Josh Kahl

Photo courtesy of: Josh Kahl

January 14th Game! Heroes v. Villains!

Photos: Josh Kahl

Photos: Josh Kahl

Season Twelve for Detroit Roller Derby is now underway and more hard hitting action is headed your way. The undefeated Grand Prix Madonnas will face off against the Devils Night Dames at the Masonic Temple on Saturday, January 14th. Both teams have put in long hours training for this showdown.

The skaters will be surrounded by super heroes or at least fans dressed up as one. The theme for the game is heroes versus villains. They'll be neat back drops so that you can take pictures of your costume and share it on social media. An award will also be handed out to the best outfit of the night so dust off your cape and get to the drill hall.

Detroit's own Five Pound Snap is taking time out of their hectic schedule to perform live at the game. They are described as a four piece space groove band and are known for putting on quite the show.

Doors for the January 14th single header bout open at 5pm. The whistle will blow at 6pm. Tickets are now available at www.brownpapertickets.com. They are $12 in advance and $15 at the door the day of the game. Children 12 and under get in free with a paying adult.

The Masonic Temple is located at 500 Temple Street in Detroit. It is the largest building of its kind in the entire world.

December 17th Game Wrap

Courtesy Jim Charbonneau Detroit-Pics.com

Courtesy Jim Charbonneau Detroit-Pics.com

Hundreds of Detroit Roller Derby fans braved the icy roads on Saturday to see some cool competition at the Masonic Temple. The D-Funk Allstars faced off against the undefeated Detroit Pistoffs for the first time this season.

It was tight for much of the game with lots of hard hits and fancy maneuvers on the track. Both teams truly gave it their all but in the end, D-Funks jammers out scored the Pistoffs 281 to 164. Congratulations to Perish Her of the D-Funk Allstars who was voted MVP of the game.

Also, a big thanks to the TechShop in Allen Park which created the trophy for DRD's first ever ugly sweater contest and to Santa himself for mingling and mugging with the crowd.

Detroit Roller Derby once again collected
non-perishable items for Operation Care Package of Michigan which will soon be distributed to troops who must spend the holidays away from
their families. Our fans are the best!

If you weren't able to make it to the Masonic Temple for Saturday's game don't worry the Devils Night Dames will take on the Grand Prix Madonnas on January 14th. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets. You can also find a complete schedule at www.detroitrollerderby.com. And don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram.

Happy Holidays! See you in the new year!

Our December 17th Game will be a Winter Wonderland!

Just in time for the holidays, the drill hall inside the Masonic Temple will be transformed into a winter wonderland for the latest Detroit Roller Derby match-up. Season 12 is underway and has already provided some hard hitting action and back and forth lead changes. You can expect more when the undefeated Detroit Pistoffs take on D-Funk on Saturday, December 17th. Come out and cheer our skaters on!

Santa Claus will be mingling with fans throughout the single header game. At half time, he will also lead an ugly sweater contest. The most outrageous outfit will receive a special trophy created by our friends at the TechShop in Allen Park. You don't want to miss this!

And there's more ways to get into the holiday spirit. Detroit Roller Derby will be helping to make the season brighter for our dedicated troops during the December bout. We will be teaming up with Operation Care Package Michigan once again to collect supplies that will be sent to them. People can drop off non perishable items like beef jerky, hard candy, and crackers. Donations of baby wipes, chapstick and bug spray will also be greatly appreciated by the men and women currently serving. Collection boxes will be set up outside of the drill hall on the third floor of the Masonic Temple.

Doors open at 5:00pm on Saturday, December 17th. The game will begin at 6:00pm. Tickets are now available at  www.brownpapertickets.com. They are $12 if purchased in advance and $15 the day of the bout.

November 19th Double Header Results

Prix skater Feta Sleeze #45 jumps the apex.   Photo by: Josh Kahl

Prix skater Feta Sleeze #45 jumps the apex.   Photo by: Josh Kahl

It was an exciting start to the 2016-2017 Detroit Roller Derby season this past weekend at the Masonic Temple. All four newly drafted home teams took part in the double header. Fans got to see where their favorite players ended up.

The Detroit Pistoffs and the Devil's Night Dames faced off in the first game of the night and proved why roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. The match up was full of hard hits and impressive moves on the track. The Pistoffs celebrated their first win of the season with a 343-184 victory over the Dames. The game MVP was Pistoff jammer GiGi Spitfire.

It was a back and forth game between the Grand Prix Madonnas and the D-Funk Allstars. The Grand Prix Madonnas were down 42 points at the half but adjusted their game play and came back to win it. The final score was 231-208. The MVP for that game was Grand Prix Madonna jammer Lunachick.

A big, heartfelt thank you to everyone who dropped off items for care packages that will soon be delivered to our troops. They will certainly appreciate the kindness and love from home during the upcoming holidays. And a special shout out to Achatz Homemade Pie Co. for supplying the delicious desserts for our pie eating contest. Everyone had a blast!

Our next game is set for December 17th. The Detroit Pistoffs will try to keep their winning streak going when they take on the D-Funk Allstars. We've got some exciting things planned, so you do not want to miss this.

The bout at the Masonic Temple in Detroit will start at 6:00pm. You can buy tickets in advance at Brown Paper Tickets  or at the door on game day.

See you in December!

Welcome to Detroit Roller Derby: An Interview with DRD League President Kelly Genei

Some of our fans may have heard rumblings of changes happening with the Detroit Derby Girls. There are, in fact, some pretty big changes that are happening now, with even more in the works. I got a chance to sit down and talk with the league president, Kelly Genei, to get the scoop about what's going on with the teams.

We hear there are some exciting new changes in store for the Detroit Derby Girls in the 2016-2017 season. There's a new name and a new mission?

Kelly: We are becoming Detroit Roller Derby, a non-profit company as of November, 2016. We were originally Detroit Roller Derby 12 years ago and are excited that our new name can represent all roller derby in Detroit: Men's, Women's, and Juniors. 

"The mission of Detroit Roller Derby is to be the premier roller derby league in Michigan, offering a fun, exciting, well organized and meaningful sporting experience for fans and league participants, while supporting, educating and developing league participants for national and international competition in the sport of roller derby."

What will changing to a non-profit help the league accomplish?

Kelly: Becoming a non-profit will first and foremost be better for our sponsors. There is more opportunity for non-profit athletic clubs financially and for partnering with other organizations in our community. 

Why the addition of Detroit Men's Roller Derby league? 

Kelly: Our association with them is natural because many of their skaters volunteer/referee already for our organization. It's better for the growth of our sport and the members of both organizations to get together and utilize both of our resources. 

When can we expect a Junior league to start forming?

Kelly: We are hoping to have a solid plan in place by January, 2017, so expect to hear more then! If you are interested or have questions, email jrs@detroitrollerderby.com. 

What happened to the 5 home teams?

Kelly: Our sport is changing and we needed to adapt. With fewer skaters in our league we felt it was important to reduce the number of teams so that we can continue the quality of skating that our fans expect. 

Since you downsized to 4 teams, are there various teams for different skills and commitment levels?

Kelly: Yes, we are encouraging the growth of our Recreational league where skaters can gain experience and learn along with the rest of the league at their own pace and with a lighter commitment requirement. We have also adjusted our All Star team structure since both teams (All Stars and MCDL) have become so competitive and are successful globally and nationally, we made some changes to give them the support they need to continue to be successful. We've combined the A and B teams into a single All Star team of the 30 best skaters in Detroit and have added a C team for skaters to play competitively in Michigan. In addition, we've maintained our Wreckers team which is a fun pick-up team for all skaters of any level within the league. 

Will there still be opportunities for those interested in roller derby to learn about the sport? 

Kelly: If you are interested in skating, start with attending our Derby U session on December 7th at 7:30pm at Canfield Arena. It's an off-skates informational seminar where you learn about the sport and what it takes to be a member of our organization. 

How can you stay connected with Detroit Roller Derby?

Check back to our facebook for updates on the season schedule and other events. Also, you can follow us on twitter, instagram, and snapchat!