What is better than over 24hrs of team traveling, mountains, fresh air, roller derby, and an armpit hair growing contest? Well I would have to say not much. This past weekend the dames traveled out to Greeley Colorado to participate in the Mayday Mayhem Tournament put on by the Slaughterhouse Derby Girls. The weekend started out with 8 eager teams from all over the US even including Hawaii competing for the coveted Mayday Mayhem Trophy.
The Dames first and only bout on Friday was against Pacific Roller Derby. Even though many of us were lacking sleep and a little stiff from traveling, the team pulled ahead quickly and ended the first half with a score of 238 to 4. At the end of the bout, the Dames had our first victory of the weekend with a score of 370 to 51. Saturday we kept the momentum going, pulling out 2 more wins against Slaughterhouse Derby Girls with a score of 363 to 104 and Cheyenne Capidolls with a score of 372 to 79.
With both games being finished early afternoon, we headed down to Denver to watch the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls take on the Minnesota Roller Girls All-star team. The Denver bout was inspiring and fun to watch. With derby overload, we absorbed as much derby knowledge as we could and got even more pumped up for the bouts ahead.
After another restful night of sleep, the dames traveled back to the Kill Floor to finish out the tournament. We started out Sunday morning with a bout against the Foco Girls Gone Derby, and pulled out another win with a final score of 234-100. The final championship game pitted the Dames against Junction City Roller Dolls out of Junction City, Utah. Junction City put up a tough fight but could not get the win. The Dames took the championship game with a score of 299-147, and PBR brought home a well-deserved MVP trophy.
All of the Dames that traveled to Colorado this past weekend not only showed their honed skills on the track, but also played with intense passion on the track. The Mayday Mayhem tournament treated us well with amazing reffing and announcing crews, great teams, and a fun derby filled weekend. The Dames showed true Dames dedication by playing through injuries, equipment failures, blisters, exhaustion, altitude and the embarrassment of hairy armpits. I am proud to be a part of this amazing team and would not change any of it.