Niagara Gazette — A “Happy Days” roller derby bout wil take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Rainbow Rink in North Tonawanda.
Queen city fans can see which team—the Alley Kats or Nickel City Knockouts—will kick-start the jukebox and spin a victory tune. Will last year’s champions the KOs continue their winning streak, or has their time for victory jumped the shark?
Perhaps the biggest disparity between the two teams is the amount of turnover. While the Knockouts’ lineup is comparable to last year, Kats captain Knockin’ Das Boots has seen a fifty-percent change in team members this season. “The girls are newer, but we have twenty healthy skaters,” Boots said. “The KO bout will be the most challenging yet, but it will be valuable experience for our rookie skaters.”
The Kats’ last match against the Suicidal Saucies helped the team reevaluate their strategy. “Penalties destroyed any momentum we may have had,” Boots said. “We need to start playing conservatively.”
Knockouts captain Lamb Chop believes “every team in this league had been stepping up their game this season and I don't think anyone stands heads above any other. The Knockouts have been fortunate the past couple of years in not having major roster changes, and our leadership and coaching crews have also remained the same.”
Chops says the focus has changed slightly in the Knockouts’ training this year, with a concentration on skating as “one force with a high level of controlled aggression and awareness.” She is also excited about implementing certain line changes.
“New skaters have been added and removed from our roster so there will be some slight changes, but overall we have to find something that works well for us and we are sticking to that formula with small tweaks,” she said.
Tickets are $15 general admission, $20 front row. Front row tickets are available at www.qcrg.net. General admission can be purchased online as well as directly from any QCRG league member, Rainbow Rink, or at Terrapin Station. The Queen City Junior Roller Derby will play an expo bout at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a non-profit organization that provides services for reproductive health, maternal and child health services.