Roller derby: A revival on skates

Even though it's been around since the 1930's, the contact sport known as roller derby continues to experience a revival of sorts, even in the Lake Charles area.

On July 7, a roller derby team from Dallas is scheduled to compete against the Gulf Coast Roller Girls' Lafitte's Ladies in Lake Charles.

According to wikipedia, the sports is played by two teams that roller skate in the same direction around a track.  Points are scored when a designated team member laps members of the opposing team.  Other team members attempt to assist the scorer by hindering the opposition.  The results can be rough and tumble sometimes and is almost always entertaining for spectators.

The following is a press release from the Southwest Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Uproar on the Lakeshore: Lake Charles Roller Derby

LAKE CHARLES, La. (July 3, 2012)–Flat track roller derby, one of the fastest growing sports in America, is an empowering contact sport for women on roller skates. Roller derby made its way to the Lake Area about two years ago and is going strong.  The Gulf Coast Roller Girls' Lafitte's Ladies will welcome Assassination City Roller Derby of Dallas, TX, Dirty Little Secret Service, to Lake Charles on July 7.

The public is invited to watch the action at The Grindhouse, located at 932 Enterprise Boulevard, Site C, on July 7 at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.   Tickets may be purchased at the door for $12.  One child may get in free for every adult ticket purchased.  Additional children's tickets are $6.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs and beverages.

Lafitte's Ladies have been together since July 2010 and are currently ranked 8th in the Derby South.  The Derby South is comprised of 36 teams across Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida.

For more information, please contact Carroll Pattie at 409-466-2911 or Desiree Juarez at 337-853-2834.


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