Monday, November 5, 2012

Atlanta competes in the Roller Derby International Championships

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 11:47 AM

The Dirty South Girls huddle before entering the national arena for the first time.
  • Dustin Chambers
  • The Dirty South Girls huddle before entering the national arena for the first time.

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.

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."

More photos from the game

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