This Saturday, the Corvallis Sick Town Derby Dames are having their last match of the season at Albany’s Linn County Expo Center. The doors will open at 5 pm to the match featuring Sick Town’s own S*M*A*S*H* Unit versus Emerald City Roller Girls’ Church of Sk8in of Eugene. The bout starts at 6 pm.
This exhibition bout will be a rematch between the two teams, that met earlier this year in April, with the Church winning that contest. Both teams are coming to the end of their seasons and each of them have undergone roster changes since their first match. Each team is more experienced after an entire season of bouts and training. This rematch promises to be the culmination of S*M*A*S*H*’s season.
This game will also mark an interesting landmark for one particular player. Chelle “Chelle F.U. UP” Ness previously played for Sick Town Derby Dames, but recently relocated to Eugene. Chelle has a veteran of roller derby and a change of location wouldn’t stop her from playing. She joined up with Emerald City Roller Girls and this will be her first match since her move. Coincidentally, the last game she played with Sick Town was against the very team she eventually joined. Not only that, but it was in the very same arena that this Saturday’s match will be played in. Needless to say, Chelle is awaiting a rowdy reunion with her teammates.
She expressed her excitement in an interview earlier this week. As a seasoned Derby girl, she’s “looking forward” to this weekends match. She spoke to an emphasis on team strategy in Sk8in’s training, which she’s eager to put into practice.
Sick Town’s Head of Training “Syd Rock” is also excited for this game adding, “This season has brought a lot of new faces to the Derby Dames, and through a focus on fundamentals, they’ve grown together as a team.”
This match is S*M*A*S*H*’s last of the season and a home game as well, so it’s not to be missed. Even first time Derby fans will want to see this match, with the best players from two major Oregon leagues facing off. There won’t be another match for Sick Town until their new season starts in February, so hometown fans will want to get their derby fix for the break. Come out to the Albany fairgrounds for some Roller Derby Action!
by Tyson Beauchemin
Photo by Jim “MacGroovy” Magruder © 2012