Iron Range Maidens to derby battle Wisconsin women

The Iron Range Maidens roller derby team will host a Wisconsin team for a new “Grease”-themed bout next weekend on Saturday, Sept. 24. Christina and I attended their first home bout a few months ago and had a blast. I thought I knew what roller derby was when I went, but I learned that I didn’t really understand what roller derby was. I still don’t.

I don’t just mean “the rules.” I mean everything. 


The Iron Range Maidens will be hosting their next home roller derby bout on Saturday September 24, 2011 at Hodgins-Berardo Arena in Coleraine. Pre-bout mixer begins at 6:30.

The Iron Range Maidens take on the Chippewa Valley Roller Girls of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Also participating in the bout are teams from Fergus Falls, Minneapolis, Moose Lake, Thunder Bay, Fort Francis and Jamestown, ND. The bout has a “Grease” theme, titled: SMACK TO SCHOOL: RIZZOS VS. SANDRA DEES. The audience is encouraged to come in poodle skirts and saddle shoes, ready to cheer on their hometown roller derby league.

The Iron Range Maidens are the area’s first organized, player owned women’s flat-track roller derby league. Formed in 2010 by a group of roller derby fans and enthusiasts, they strive to positively represent the greater Grand Rapids area by displaying superior sportsmanship, supporting their fellow teammates and giving back to the local community.

A portion of the proceeds of this bout will benefit Bridges Kinship Mentoring – an organization that encourages children and adolescents to achieve their greatest selves by connecting them with positive role models who can befriend, inspire, encourage and guide them.

Seating is limited and advanced reduced price tickets are available at Reed’s Drug, Clusiau’s Sales & Rental and online at Concessions and a full bar will be available throughout the event.

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