A fun night at the roller derby

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This past weekend was the season opener for the Twin City Derby Girls, the local roller derby league in Champaign, and it was a ridiculous amount of fun. It was also probably the last regular roller derby bout I'll get to see in Champaign (since we're moving soon), so it was a good thing that this was the most fun I've had at a Derby event so far. Always nice to go out on a high note.

The event was a double-header. The first bout was a really
evenly-matched event between the local league's Damagin' Dames and the visiting Aurora 88s, from Aurora, IL. And by evenly-matched, I mean there were
about 100 lead changes throughout the bout. Both teams played really
well, and until the last 10 minutes or so there was no sense that
either team would out-match the other. The Dames had a lot of turnover
this year, as a bunch of their players decided to play only on the
TCDG Travelers (all-stars), but I was impressed by how well the new
skaters were doing. It was a lot of fun to watch, and when the 88s
finally pulled ahead near the end, it was obvious that their victory
was hard-fought.

The second bout of the night was between two local teams, the Boneyard Bombshells and The Paign. Leigh has
been playing with the Paign this year, and this bout was important:
the Paign had not yet won a home-team bout. The Bombshells have been
the team to beat since their inception two years ago, but this time
their position was uncertain: they lost the championship to the Dames
last year, and like the Dames they've had a lot of turnover since last
season. Was this the night for the Paign to begin their comeback?

As it turned out, yes: The Paign won the bout with a score of 117-83!
Despite the Paign being ahead the entire time, it was also a really
excellent roller derby bout, and featured the highest standard of play
I've seen yet from a local TCDG bout.

And to top it all off, Leigh was awarded MVP for her team by the
Bombshells! Which was a pretty awesome cap to the night, and (in my
possibly biased opinion) totally deserved. She did some pretty awesome
blocking in that bout.

Also, The Paign had a lot of fun at halftime: