The fun part about photography is where it takes you. A few days ago I caught a retweet from a friend of mine about one of his friends who just joined a roller derby team.. I asked my friend if he would like to go to the next roller derby bout (which is what they call them). He agreed and last Saturday night I went to a CNY Roller Derby bout in Rome, New York with camera in hand.
Not sure how many remember roller derby as it was big back in the 1970’s when I was a kid watching it on early morning Sunday televsion. The current roller derby I witnessed was a real sport. There is still the showmanship of the old roller derby thrown in for fun.
The main event was the Utica Clubbers (black uniforms in the photos) agains the New Hampshire Skate Free or Die! (in pink). The women skaters have colorful names like Roxie Rolln’, Tank’d Girl, Freak’n Sweet, Hotcakes, BamBam Thunderjam and Doris Doomsday. I think you get the picture these women mean business. While rough, there is none of the shenanigans of the old style roller derby. Referees keep the action fast, furious, fair and safe.
As you can tell, the lighting conditions were far from ideal. My camera was underpowered for such so I reverted to panning to try and get a few keepers like the one below of a jammer at full speed as she tries to catch the pack of blockers ahead of her.
I had a lot of fun and was impressed with the agility and speed of the competitors and sport of roller derby. The men and women looked like they were having a great time.