SUNBURY – The Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens (SVDV) roller derby league will host a double header bout tonight, Saturday, June 1, at their home rink, the Sunbury Ice Rink, 249 Memorial Drive, Sunbury.
SVDV’s Foxettes, will take on Brandywine Roller Derby and the Vixens will take on State College Area Roller Derby’s Happy Valley Dolls. The Foxettes’ bout will begin at 4:25 p.m. and the Vixens’ bout will begin at 6:15 p.m. Doors open at 3:45 p.m.
Roller Derby bouts--or jams--are played by two teams of five players. Both team designate a jammer, who is identifiable by wearing a star on her helmet. The jammer scores points by passing members of the other team around the track while teammates work to block or make room for their jammer to pass.
"Someone new to roller derby can expect fun, excitement, hard hits, and skill," said JoAnn Kinney (#12, Poundcake). "Imagine playing any sport with wheels on your feet!"
The family-friendly event is $10 per person. Children under 12 are free.
A portion of the proceeds from door sales will benefit Mostly Mutts, 284 Little Mountain Road, Sunbury, a no-kill animal shelter.
This is a BYOB event, but no glass containers are allowed. Bleacher seating will be available, but seating is limited. Guests may bring lawn chairs.
Upcoming home bouts include:
- July 20 double header: Reynoldsville Rolling Rebels – Foxettes and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Roller Radicals’ Low Rolling Deuces – Vixens
- Aug. 24 double header: Broome County Roller Derby – Foxettes and Keystone Roller Derby – Vixens
- Sept. 7 double header: Nightmares on Main Street – Foxettes and Harrisburg Area Roller Derby – Vixens
Kinney notes that in addition to the skill and excitement of roller derby, "it's a great way to support women athletes!" For more information about the Susquehanna Valley Derby Vixens, visit svderbyvixens.com or find them on Facebook.