Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Orlando Sun Blockers vs Savannah Hostess City Hellions

The second match of the Orlando Roller Derby Double Header was just as exciting as the first match if not more so. The Orange County Parks and Recreation Center (Barnett Park 4801 W Colonial Dr, Orlando, Florida 32808) had crowded bleachers and standing room around the edges of the court. In front of the bleachers a mascot was dressed in a sun burst costume dancing for the crowd. The announcers were at a folding table under the score board.

Roller Derby takes some time to get used to how scoring works. A single skater has a star on her helmet and she is charged with breaking away from the two team pack and lapping them if possible. A referee wold follow her while pointing to make it easier to keep track of the score. Her supporting team blocks and shoves the opposing team in an effort to help her roll by. For some reason the ending moments of any match are the most exciting. As the match nears a close, the two teams ramp up their energy and this is when women really start knocking each other over.

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