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Garden State Rollergirls

Contact: Darla Mercado, dm1530@nyu.edu

WALLINGTON, N.J., Feb. 18, 2012 – The Garden State Rollergirls are ready to rumble against the Rocktown Rollers in the league’s first bout of the 2012 season.

Kicking off its sixth season, the Garden State Rollergirls’ all-star team, the Ironbound Maidens, will play its first game of the new year against the Rocktown Rollers of Harrisonburg, W. Va. on Saturday, March 10, at Wallington’s ISCA Hockey Rink, located at 551 Main Ave.

In this face-off, both GSR and Rocktown will also be fighting for regional and national ranking by the Women’s Flat-Track Derby Association, the global governing body of women’s flat-track roller derby.

Doors open for Saturday’s all-ages event at 7:30 PM, with the first whistle at 8:30. Tickets are $10 for adults when purchased in advance from your local GSR skater or on the web at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/221973. Tickets are also available the day of the bout: adults pay $12 at the door, and children pay half price.

Pull up a chair for some rink side action, bone-crushing hits and fleet-footed jamming from New Jersey’s premier women’s flat-track derby league!

The Garden State Rollergirls, established in 2006, is one of New Jersey’s first women’s roller derby leagues and a proud member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the global governing body of women’s flat-track roller derby. Though some of the names of the derby skaters may be made up, all of the on-track action is real. In roller derby, two teams skate off against each other in two 30-minute periods, which are broken into two-minute jams. Four skaters from each team -- known as blockers -- comprise the pack, while one skater – called the “jammer” -- from each team sprints and scores points by legally passing opposing blockers. Meanwhile, blockers attempt to fend off opponents and aid their respective jammers using hip checks, sternum blocks and whips.

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