With the 7th season under way, and sell outs occurring almost every night, it seems evident the Rose City Rollers have “jammed” their way into Portlanders hearts.
I attended my very first “bout” and it was exciting and confusing but more importantly it made me want to attend another bout – soon!
The Rose City Roller’s bouts take place in the hangar located in the back parking lot of Oaks Amusement Park in Sellwood. One of my first thoughts upon entering and looking at the track was, why is the track flat? Where are the banks and turns? I was informed by a friend that “flat track” derby started in Texas around 10 years ago with the sports resurgence into mainstream. A flat track was a lot less money and easier to to maintain. The flat track, although a little slower, but with no outer rail a powerful hip check could still send a player sliding across the track only to be stopped by the feet, lap or arms of a paying spectator – the thrill was still there and that’s what counted! So flat track quickly became the norm for Derby’s reintroduction. [Read more...]