Big things are happening at Sick Town! On Sept. 20, our three new home teams played their first bout, the aptly-named “Debutante Brawl.”
The Dis-Orderlies, Pandemics and Trauma Queens fought it out in three round-robin mini bouts. Although all three teams played with heart and tenacity. In the end, the Trauma Queens were the big winners, followed by the Pandemics.
Several skaters and one referee made their literal bout debuts. On the Dis-Orderlies, Panda Moanium, Loretta Spynn and OG Tush earned their “first bout” badges; on the Pandemics, the lone newbie was Eigen Vixen; Pestilence made her debut with the Trauma Queens; and finally, Canon Garner skated his first bout as a referee.
Every skater was cheering for Canon, who started in October, 2013, and had to learn to skate from the ground up. We’ve watched Canon go from “Bambi on ice” to a strong skater and confident ref, and it’s been a joy to see.
“Now that I’ve gotten one under my belt, and made a correct call, I have a lot more confidence in myself,” Canon says.
Among the ladies, everyone enjoyed the camaraderie of not just the teams, but the whole league. “I love how everyone is so fiercely competitive and at the same time supportive of each other,” Eigen Vixen says. All three teams focused on the league first, and the teams second, and it showed in the kindness and encouragement all of the veterans showed to the new skaters.
“I found encouragement from league skaters who I was skating with and against, as well as those in the queue for the next bout,” Pestilence says.
Of course, derby nerves will always be there, regardless of how supportive your team is. “I was calm up till an hour before the bout, and then I wanted to run,” says OG Tush. “Then it wasn’t scary at all and I just had fun.”
OG Tush jamming
If you missed this bout, don’t worry — the DOs, PDs and TQs will face each other again on Oct. 25. Watch our website or Facebook for details!
Sick Town’s home teams: Trauma Queens, Dis-Orderlies, and Pandemics