Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Roller Derby at the Jersey Shore, July 12

Local women to offer up exciting skating battle for the Shore!

ASBURY PARK – The exciting world of roller derby will descend upon the Jersey Shore as two local teams from the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league battle it out Saturday, July 12 in Asbury Park Convention Hall.

The women athletes of the undefeated Right Coast Rollers team and the debuting Anchor Assassins team will serve up the fierce blocks and jams that roller derby is known for, as the Convention Hall is transformed into a roller derby rink.

The event marks the second intra-league match-up for the Jersey Shore Roller Girls, who have prepared a night of derby mayhem in a full-length bout where the women don their derby personas and showcase their skills as skaters hit, dodge and block to get through the pack and score.

Captains for both teams said that with at least three practices a week at Rollermagic Skating Rink in Jackson, the skaters have been working hard to prepare for an exciting combat on wheels.

"It's the Anchor Assassins' first bout and we're beyond excited for it,” said Ms. Ciri Ganguzza, the captain of the Anchor Assassins. Skating as “Ciri L. Killer,” Ms.Ganguzza leads her team to an exciting face-off against the Right Coast Rollers.

“We've been working really hard for the past few months in preparation and it's definitely paying off. The majority of our girls will be bouting for the first time and although they've had a short time period to advance a long way, they've done a great job,” Ms. Ganguzza said.

Right Coast Rollers has Eva “Angry Beaver” O’Neill as its captain. Ms. O’Neill said her team can’t wait to take on the Anchor Assassins.

“The Right Coast Rollers have been training hard for this one. We are up against a new group of upcoming skaters that have proven to be a strong team,” Ms. O’Neill said. “But we are the returning champs full of experienced players and plan to stay undefeated and sink the Anchor Assassins.”

Also as part of the can't-miss activities that night is a performance by local alternative rock greats Wicker Hollow, who will undoubtedly add their song “Roller Girl” to the set list.

Tickets are on sale now for $15 at for the Saturday July 12 bout. Tickets are $20 at the door. Children under 12 are admitted free. Doors open at 7 p.m., the whistle blows at 8 p.m. Adults 21 and over to drink.

The Jersey Shore Roller Girls league consists of three intra-league teams -- the Murder Beach Militia, the Right Coast Rollers and the Anchor Assassins -- and one all-star travel team. Its members -- women of all ages and backgrounds -- fill the Jackson Skating Center for grueling practices several times weekly, training and scrimmaging with their coaching and referee staff. The next bout is Saturday, Aug. 30, when the Murder Beach Militia will square off against the Anchor Assasins.

Roller derby is the newest, extreme sport for women rapidly sweeping the nation. Roller derby has been re-vamped into a flat-track version of the old-school style of a bank track. This is the real thing, not an orchestrated match-up. Jersey Shore Roller Girls, a league which formed just over a year ago, skates under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rules and regulations.

To find out more information about the Jersey Shore Roller Girls league please go to The league is always accepting new recruits, and no previous skating experience is necessary. Anyone interested in being a skater, referee, a sponsor, or just wants to help out please email


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