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Roller Derby National Championships 

November 2, 2012 - The Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championships took place this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center. Twelve teams from four regions competed for glory including Atlanta's own Dirty South Derby Girls. On Friday evening, the Atlanta Rollergirls' all-star team, the Dirty South Derby Girls, played its first-ever national-level bout against the Indianapolis Naptown Roller Girls. Chants of "A-T-L" boomed from the majority of the crowd as the intensity of the game grew. But after taking a commanding lead in the first half, Indianapolis slowly chipped away to catch up and surpass Atlanta, finishing the game with a final score of Atlanta: 153 to Naptown: 169. Despite the loss, the team was in high spirits. Atlanta's team manager Sara, aka Hot Legs Hooligan, wrote CL: "I think any one of our league members would tell you that playing in a championship tourney was part of our 5-year plan, and we wrote it two years ago, so we're 3 years ahead of our goal ... We've definitely come a long way from skating around at roller rinks on the weekend." UPDATE: It's been pointed out that, although all twelve teams who participated in the competition were from the United States, the championships included international teams as well, making it the Roller Derby International Championships.
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Belle of the Brawl helps Hollicidal strap her helmet on.
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The Atlanta Rollergirls strap up for their first championship game ever.
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The Dirty South Derby Girls warmup
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Warmups
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Coach gives a pre-game prep talk.
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The final huddle before playing in the national Roller Derby arena.
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Players walk through the curtain separating the warmup area and the main roller rink.
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Fans cheering
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Rebel Yellow smiles on the bench.
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Alassin Sane moments before the beginning of a jam, which is essentially a round of play in Roller Derby.
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Players cruise around the track. Atlanta pulls a quick lead of 49 to 0 in the first half.
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Despite their best effort, The Dirty South Girls lost to the Naptown Roller Girls 153 to 169.
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Fans show support.
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Halftime pep talk
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2nd half begins
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Neck and neck with half a period to go.
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Jammunition watches from the bench.
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The Dirty South Derby Girls high-five the Naptown girls after the game. Despite the loss, the team was thrilled to play in the nationals and hope to be back next year.
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Belle of the Brawl helps Hollicidal strap her helmet on.
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