When I think of the Texas Rollergirls, I can’t help but picture Rosie the Riveter on a pair of roller skates. The Texas Rollergirls are a group of strong woman with a passion for “hip checking” and “booty blocking.” Yes, those are actual roller derby terms. These girls are tough, yet sexy. Because what isn’t sexy about a lovely lady that can potentially knock you out cold with her booty or hips? With player names like Lucille Brawl, Babe Ruthless, Bloody Mary, and Beth Threat of the Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Hustlers, and Honky Tonk Heartbreakers, it is clear that this sport has a lot of personality. The lively atmosphere and rowdy players will make it hard for you to not cheer loudly and perhaps irreverently for your favorite blocker, pivot, or jammer.
For those unfamiliar with the sport’s terminology or haven’t seen Whip It, which would be shame, here’s a little rollergirl 101…The “jammer” is the player that scores all the points for her team by passing the jammer of the opposing team. This little lady must wear a star on her helmet, so that the audience and most importantly, the “blockers,” can distinguish who she is. The blockers are there to protect their beloved jammer and try to knock down the other team’s. There are three of them and when they form a pack, things can get pretty wild. Lastly, the “pivot” is a special blocker that can temporarily act as a jammer. She is also the team captain.
So, now that you can impress all your friends with your extensive knowledge of roller derby, make sure you don’t miss out on this Saturday’s game at the Austin Convention Center! It is the Honky Tonk Heartbreakers vs. the Hotrod Honeys and the Hell Marys vs. the Hustlers. Get ready to watch a serious sport with lots of character! Click here for a chance to win one of five pairs of free tickets. Click here to buy tickets in advance. See you there!