Austin Roller Derby
Here in Austin we are blessed to have TWO women’s roller derby leagues: flat track and banked track. Dr. Stacey and I had been to a banked track event for her birthday a few years ago, and it was a BLAST! When I found out the flat track league was having a match, I had to call her.
The two leagues in Austin get very irritated if you mix them up, so let me give you a little background. The Lonestar Rollergirls is the banked track league, and these are also NOT the girls that were in the reality TV show. The flat track league is the Texas Rollergirls.
Both of these groups are awesome, hot, tough chicks, with clever names that crack me up, and I would Looooooove to be one of them!
The match Dr. Stacey and I went to was at Playland Skate Center, and it was rowdy. We got to yell and scream and drink Shiner! We picked our favorite teams based on their uniforms, and they both won! Fantastic! We chose the Hustlers because they were wearing purple, and they beat the Honky Tonk Heart Breakers easily. In the second match, we cheered for the Hotrod Honeys who destroyed the Hell Marys.
Dr. Stacey and I have both chosen our own Roller Derby nicknames, but they are so good I’m definitely not revealing them in a public forum. They would get stolen immediately.
The TV show I mentioned earlier was on A&E, shot here in Austin. Apparently, there was just one season, but it’s available on netflix!
If you plan on going to a match, do not be intimidated! It is a ton of fun, there’s beer and food, just like at a baseball game. Get there early to get seats, like an hour ahead of time, seriously. You can get tickets there, but I would get them ahead of time online, and you CANNOT buy them online the day of. You have to get them at least the day before. Bring cash for beer and food, and a Shiner is like $4, which is a lot, so have more than $5, just in case.
If you know nothing about the scoring or rules, don’t worry. The MCs explain everything, and the people around you will be super nice and answer questions. I promise. This is Texas, right? And it’s Austin, so people are doubly nice (but don’t move here. It’s full).
I love the giant disco skate hanging from the ceiling at Playland. This was basically the last shot I got before my batteries died! Let that be a reminder to you, that I am not 100% clever, all the time.
There was an after party at Weirdo’s, but Dr. Stacey and I went to Opal Divine’s for food and lots of water. We had had enough of the crowds, and wanted some tasty food and quiet atmosphere. Weirdo’s is nice, I would go there willingly, and they have good happy hour drink specials, but it was not blow-my-socks-off fantastic. So we opted for the place with the best Mac ‘n Cheese in town!