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Nor Cal Roller Girls bout at Cal Skate, Chico, Calif. May 12, 2012

Donna and I found a different kind of fun on Saturday night, May 12, 2012, when we attended the . Sensory overload included big-personality skaters whirling around the rink, sometimes landing on their padded butts, along with pulsating 1980s and '90s rock and hip-hop pop. The home team lost both bouts, first to the Undead Bettys of the East Bay Area and then to the Ventura County Derby Darlins, but it was all in good fun. This was not the violent, fist-fighting roller derby that we used to watch on TV a long time ago; instead, all teams were headed to local water hole, The Maltese for post-bout camaraderie - and beer. According to the Undead Bettys' website, "Roller derby is an intense, fast-paced, full contact aggressive sport that is not for the faint of heart but is dedicated to the empowerment and fitness of women." All images Alan Sheckter / AlSheck@comcast/net.
Nor Cal Roller Girls double header
Nor Cal Roller Girls double header
Nor Cal Roller Girls
Nor Cal Roller Girls
Crunch Yo Numbaz, Rebelations, and Slappa Ho
"Crunch Yo Numbaz," "Rebelations," and "Slappa Ho"
Pre-bout Hi fives between the Nor Cal Roller Girls and Undead Bettys
Pre-bout Hi fives between the Nor Cal Roller Girls and Undead Bettys
Dutch Crunch, Van Destroyer, and Gin Fluenza
"Dutch Crunch," "Van Destroyer," and "Gin Fluenza"
Fighting for position
Fighting for position
Slappa Ho (left) races Candi Razor
"Slappa Ho" (left) races "Candi Razor"
Booty Basher (left) and One Hit Wonder take a defensive stand
"Booty Basher" (left) and "One Hit Wonder" take a defensive stand
Gonzo (left) ready to play defense
"Gonzo" (left) ready to play defense
Lil Bit Misbehaved
"Lil Bit Misbehaved"
Swift D. Mize (left) and Wheelie Hot
"Swift D. Mize" (left) and "Wheelie Hot"
Two Undead Bettys in the penalty box
Two Undead Bettys in the penalty box
Bad Roll Mance (left) and Lil Bit Misbehaved
"Bad Roll Mance" (left) and "Lil Bit Misbehaved"
Slappa Ho
"Slappa Ho"
Blood Thirsty
"Blood Thirsty"
Wheelie Hot (left) and Swift D. Mize
"Wheelie Hot" (left) and "Swift D. Mize"
Team meeting
Team meeting
Swift D. Mize ready to go
"Swift D. Mize" ready to go
Swift D. Mize (left) and Undead Betty opponent vie for position
"Swift D. Mize" (left) and Undead Betty opponent vie for position
Rebelations (left) and Slappa Ho
"Rebelations" (left) and "Slappa Ho"
Lil' Bit Misbehaved
"Lil' Bit Misbehaved"
Crabbie Panties
"Crabbie Panties"
Crunch Yo Numbaz
"Crunch Yo Numbaz"
Skates in action
Skates in action