Ithaca Roller Derby announces 2014 season

Ithaca League of Women Rollers is bringing its fast-paced flat track roller derby back for season seven, hosting games at Cass Park Rink May through October, with the season opener taking place on May 10.”We’re really excited for the 2014 season!” said ILWR super fan Liz Hoyt. “We know our SufferJets and BlueStockings have been working on new tactics all winter and we can’t wait to see them put their awesome teamwork into action.”The home season dates for 2014 are: May 10, June 7, August 2, September 13, and October 4. The website will be updated with game start times.The season opener on May 10 will start off with a double-header between the Ithaca SufferJets and the Queen City Roller Girls’ Furies and between the Ithaca BlueStockings and the Connecticut RollerGirls’ Yankee Brutals.Fans won’t want to miss this first game of the new season to see if the SufferJets can finally vanquish the Furies after suffering two previous losses in 2011 and 2013. This year’s game promises an even closer matchup between the two teams.As a relatively new sport following its resurgence in the early 2000s, roller derby has evolved from season to season, becoming more competitive and athletic as its skaters further hone their skills and develop new strategies.Since organizing in 2008 the Ithaca League of Women Rollers has grown into a league of more than 40 adult skaters. In 2010 they started a junior league of girls age 8-17. ILWR is one of 234 member leagues that make up the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, and is currently ranked 78. ILWR’s 2014 season starts in March with an away double-header versus the Brandywine Rollergirls in Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.ithacarollerderby.com.

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