Derby Dancing Double Header: Assault City at Ithaca this Saturday

ITHACA, N.Y. — The Ithaca League of Women Rollers will take on their sisterly arch-rivals from Syracuse, Assault City Roller Derby, to end their 2010 season on Saturday October 9 at Cass Park Rink. The doubleheader will feature the Ithaca BlueStockings, who will take on Syracuse’s “B” team, and will continue as the SufferJets—recently voted Ithaca’s #1 local sports team by readers of the Ithaca Times—take on the seasoned Assault City skaters.

The Ithaca League of Women Rollers and Syracuse’s Assault City Roller Derby share derby roots: they began learning the sport together in September 2007 before they split into their respective teams in February 2008, just prior to both leagues’ premiere friends-and-family bout in March 2008. The teams continue to meet on the track annually, although after two seasons of tight matches, Syracuse remains hungry for a win over Ithaca.

This year’s match-up promises to be especially exciting, as the SufferJets’ former first-string power blocker, Brutal Vroom (also known as Hollow Bones, Amber Waves of Pain, and Amber Chaos), returns to Cass Park wearing Assault City colors as she takes on her former Sisters of Suffrage. Brutal Vroom moved to Syracuse early in the 2010 season. She reports, “I have never been so nervous before a bout. I hope I don’t give the wrong person a whip.

Cass Park will open its doors on Saturday, October 9, at 5:00 pm, and the first whistle will blow at 5:30. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Friendship Donation food rescue and gleaning program. Please bring a nonperishable food donation to the door. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12 keep our derby dames rolling.

An after-party will be held at Stella’s, 403 College Ave., featuring ILWR DJs Bob and Luke.

Approximate Program Times:
5:00 Doors open at Cass Park Rink
5:30 Whistle Blows—Period 1 BlueStockings vs. Assault City B Team
6:10 End of First period—short half time
6:20 Period 1 SufferJets vs. Assault City A Team
7:00 Period 2 BlueStockings vs. Assault City B Team
7:35 Period 2 SufferJets cs. Assault City A Team