Roller derby is awesome. Watching a roller derby bout (game) is great fun.
Roller derby, for those not in the know, is a game on roller skates in which you need to work you through a wall of your opponents and make rounds to score points. WFTDA has the official rules, Cesy did some posts on PMag about it as well, I just want to share the fun.
I’m not really a sports fan. Or at all. The only reason why I watch rugby matches is because it’s great bonding with my dad (and there are some gorgeous players), other games are usually spoiled by “fans” yelling ugly things and starting fights. But I like roller derby a lot. It was nearby and they had a theme, what more did I need?
Right away I noticed the party mood. Supporters of our team and of the competition were sitting next to each other. The Dutch speaker demanded as much applause and yelling for them as we gave the Dutch team. There was chatting, dancing (a lot of dancing) when a referee decision took too long, a candy lady walking around and during the break we got a circus performance “¦ not something I expected from a sports game. Sometimes I even forgot I was at a sports game.
The Dutch Rotterdam Deathrow Honeys lost to the French Rollerderby Metz Club with ten points. It just mattered a tiny bit, because everyone had so much fun. The public lauded each team like they had achieved world peace on wheels. There was an after partywhere there were women with mustaches. I’d recommend a bout to anyone.