Lincoln, Nebraska, hosts the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's South Central Region Tournament on October 8-10. Sylvia Bullet and The Bone Setter, from host league No Coast Roller Girls, answer 5 Questions and preview some of the action this weekend.
Question: Minnesota was ranked No. 7 in the North Central Regionals, at a No. 8 seed, what does No Coast have to do to make it to championships in Chicago?
Answer: Minnesota’s Cinderella story reminds us that it’s possible for No Coast to break into the top three and make it to Chicago in November. To make it to Chicago we’re going to have to play smart, play clean and stay focused.
Q: What team in the South Central regionals would you most want to play and why?
A: No Coast would love a rematch with Tampa -- we’ve been narrowly beaten by them twice now and are aching to set it right.
Q: How is your regular season structured? Have you been playing any games while the regional tournaments have been going on in preparation for South Centrals?
A: The No Coast Derby Girls have an All Star travel team, The Mad Maxines and a B team, The Road Warriors. This last year our season began in March with the Clover Cup in Dallas and we had our last home game at the end of August against Pikes Peak. For our 2011 season we plan to schedule at least one more bout in September leading up to Regionals. Sioux Falls had a cancellation in early September so we did get to play their B Team, the Killa Bees – they told us to go easy on them ;)
Q: The number one seeds for North Central and Eastern regionals have both advanced to Chicago. What are Texas' chances of holding on to the No. 1 seed and advancing as first place in the South Central Regionals.
A: Texas has to get past our bodies of steel, hits of dynamite and stealthy feet first! ;) All in all, Texas has always been a derby powerhouse! I think their chances are pretty good, but I wouldn’t put them past an upset.
Q: What three songs/artists psyche you up on the dance floor?
A: Our intro "Imma Be" by the Black Eyed Peas, "If You Want Blood You've Got It" by AC/DC and "Swing" by Savage. Lookout -- No Coast has a way of winning afterparty!
NAME: Kari Bennett
DERBY NAME/NUMBER: The Bonesetter, 206
Q: DNN's power rankings have five of the top 25 teams in the nation seeded in the South Central regional tournament. What does that say about the depth of your region? How do you think it compares to the other regions?
A: As of now, 6 of the top 10 teams hail from the Western region the western teams are really running it this year! But the beautiful thing about roller derby is it is constantly morphing. Teams come up with new strategies all the time and we all know the rules are ever changing! ;)
Q: What's next for the South Central Region?
A: A few teams in our region have had some roster changes and others are just finding their niche and hitting their stride. I think in the next couple of years you'll see some up and coming derby teams hailing from the South Central region.
Q: What is the most difficult part of your job on game day? How does being in a tournament change that?
A: Generally keeping the girls in high spirits is pretty easy on bout day! When you spend all of your free time at practice, everyone is always ready to bout! Being in a tournament is exciting, overwhelming and full of ups and downs. We are going to focus on each girl as an individual and let them do what they need to do to be ready to roll!!
Q: Do you have a potty mouth?
A: Fuck yeah!
Q: What's your favorite snack to eat?
A: Peaches and cottage cheese.