The St. Chux Derby Chix rolls out their 2020 campaign at home this weekend and eagerly awaits taking to the flat-track with the high-octane action that their fan base is accustomed to.
The St. Charles County-based faction sanctioned by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) hosts the Southern Illinois Roller Girls Saturday at 7 pm at the Olympia Athletics and Events Centre (49 Lawrence St., St. Charles, MO).
Founded in 2009, SCDC’s Pack in Black enters their second decade of competitive quad-skating and their Saturday match-up begins their four-game home docket.
“We’re beyond excited,” said SCDC captain Tara Eyes of the opener. “The time and efforts the team has put in during the off-season will pay off, for sure.”
Those efforts include recently competing at the inaugural “Queeny Quad Quake” tournament hosted by Arch Rival Roller Derby last December in St. Louis County. SCDC played against developmental squads from Arch Rival and Metro East Illinois-based Confluence Crush Roller Derby and found the experience beneficial.
“Absolutely, it did!” said Eyes, a veteran blocker with the team. “We took Q3 as an opportunity to identify our shortcomings, with the intentions to ‘clean house’ with our systems for the 2020 season.”
Alongside Eyes, blocking will be paced this season by Shakilla, #smashtag, Crews Aid Her, Spill Murray, Poison Ivy, Doc HaulAway, Sir Lands-A-Lot, Wickedpedia, Al B. Hatin, Wretched Gretchen and Shiv’Er Dance.
Primary jammers this season will be LaDi DaDi, Trekkie Monster and Alexis, Play Derby.
“I would definitely keep an eye on a few of those jammers. With two in their second season and one in her first, we anticipate seeing great things from them.”
Saturday’s opponent is comparably-ranked to the Pack in Black. Southern Illinois Roller Girls, based in Marion, Illinois, competes with their 2020 travel team for the first time this season at Olympia. Last June at the same St. Charles flat-track, the pair had a donnybrook against each other and the visitors squeaked away with a 150-132 win.
With a newfound season and attitude, SCDC looks to exact revenge on the rivals and would appreciate a big, vocal audience in support.
“Crowds are always essential to our games,” said Eyes. “A loud crowd is like having a strong heartbeat. The louder it is, the more our blood flows.”
Tickets at the door are $15 while children 12 and under are free. Save $5 on tickets purchased in advance online by going to this link.
For more information on SCDC, go to their official website.
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