Roller derby teams battle at the airstrip

Roller derby teams battle at the airstrip
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Roller derby returned to Brooklyn (where it belongs!) on Saturday during a triple-header of action at the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field.

The three matches featured stars from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby’s Wall Street Traitors and All-Star squad and a big match between the New York Shock Exchange and the Harm City Homicide (from the hated city of Baltimore).

For the Shock Exchange, which practices in Bushwick and has been using a venue in Long Island to host home matches, playing on Brooklyn turf was a win on its own.

“We’ve been working hard to find a venue that we could play at in the city,” says Peter “Ladies Knight” Eide. “We have to work harder to get these venues.”

The hard work paid off as the Shock Exchange emerged victorious, beating Harm City 311-89.

“It felt great, we had a lot of support from fans,” said Eide. “We had a great game, and we all played really well.”

Next up for the team is the Men’s Roller Derby Association Championships in Long Island on Oct. 22.

Of course, the women didn’t let the men have all the fun: the Gotham Girls Roller Derby’s B-team, the Wall Street Traitors, duked it out with the Surburban Brawl All-Stars from Westchester. The Traitors won 138-109.

The last of the day to face off were the Gotham Girls Roller Derby All-Stars and the Denver Roller Dolls’ Mile High Club. The Gotham Girls clinched the game by 187-116.

Now, we’re not going to lie to you — we have no idea how the teams racked up such high scores, or even how score is kept. But we’re sure glad the locals took home the trophies, if any were awarded.

Find out more about roller derby at www.gothamgirlsrollerderby.com and www.nyshockexchange.com.

Men’s Roller Derby Association Championships at Skate Safe America [182 Bethpage Sweet Hollow Rd. in Old Bethpage, NY, (516) 249-1717]. Oct. 22, the first men’s bout will start at 10 am, with the championship bout starting at 8:30 pm.

Harm City Homicide’s Carnage Asada makes his way past a New York City Shock Exchange player during the Battle for Brooklyn on Saturday.
Photo by Steve Solomonson