Shake, rattle and roll: roller derby debuts in Culver City

Go-Go Gidget Photo by Lori Fusaro

It was war on skates as the Full Metal Jackies battled the Army of Darkness in an intra-city all-star inaugural matchup billed as Apocalypse Wow. After an hour of hip-checking, shoulder-throwing, floor-smacking action, the Darkness prevailed 102-87.

         The sellout crowd at Culver City’s Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the home arena of the Angel City Derby Girls (ACDG), got its first taste of roller derby action on Sunday, Jan. 30.

         Before the match, the jocular announcers went over the rules and explained the scoring, providing the fans with a rudimentary education in flat track roller derby. But after the whistle, it was the Full Metal Jackies who gave their derby sisters an education in scoring techniques. Go-Go Gidget scored frequently in her role as jammer (indicated by the star on the helmet). Her teammates, with names like Breakfast, Shiv and Duchess Von Damm, created wall-like defensive formations that kept opposing jammers at bay.

         By halftime, however, the lead had changed hands. The stellar play of stars like Killa Nois, Rotten and Ghetto Fabu-Lez, sparked the Army of Darkness and turned the tide in the second half.

         The key result, however, was that the girls stayed healthy during the match. The ACDG came together afterward at the second-floor lounge at Rush Street to celebrate a well-fought bout and greet their fans. They will come together again as the Hollywood Scarlets – one of their ACDG squads – on Saturday, Feb. 19 when the Sac City Rollers roll into town.

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