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Rosebuds Close Out Incredible Year at Roller Derby Championships
Portland, OR – The Rosebuds All Star Travel Team returns from the Junior Roller Derby Association (JRDA)’s Championships ranked sixth in the world. A remarkable achievement, considering the team of 12-17 year old athletes started the 2018 season in 17th place.
For some Rosebuds, the Championship tournament started almost as soon as they stepped off the plane with a win over the Chick Whips from Topeka, Kansas, on Friday. The Rosebuds then fell to the Santa Cruz Derby Groms. That loss led to the first major upset of the tournament when the Rosebuds—in the last two minutes of the following game—scored a win over the 5th place Duval Roller Dolls from Jacksonville, Florida.
Going into the last two minutes of that game, the Rosebuds were down by one point. That’s when 12-year-old Elsie (“Elsie U. Later”) Stevens—the youngest player on the team—and her teammates took to track. When the final whistle blew, the scoreboard showed the Rosebuds on top with a score of 180-171.
“I knew we were going to win when I got lead,” says Stevens. “When I called [the jam] off, the win really set in.”
The Rosebuds then fell to the FoCo Spartans from Fort Collins, Colordo, after a hard-fought on Sunday afternoon for fifth place. Despite that loss, the Rosebuds’ climb from 17th to sixth place makes them the biggest movers in the JRDA’s 2018 season.
Roller derby returns to Portland in August: on the 17th, the Wreckers recreational league will play against the Jet City Aviators from Everett, Washington. On August 18th, the Rose City Rollers two adult All-Star teams—the Wheels of Justice and the Axles of Annihilation—will take on the Rat City Roller Girls All Stars and the Reign of Terror from Seattle, Washington. Tickets to the games are available through the Rose City Rollers website.
About Rose City Rollers:
The Rose City Rollers serve women and girls who want to play the team sport of roller derby, connect with an inclusive community, and realize their power both on skates and off. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, formed in 2004, and a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. RCR currently serves more than 500 skaters ages 7-55 and is supported by over 800 volunteers.