With the shrill blow of a gym whistle, the women of the Renegade Rollergirls of Tucson transformed into finely tuned, wheeled weapons of mass destruction during a heated match in June with their Los Angeles counterparts.
Tucson's Kat Thulhu cools down between periods after coming off the floor with an injury. No-holds-barred play describes the game - competitors are allowed to elbow, trip and wrestle their opponents to the ground.
Nicloe Dual of Tucson goes down in the grip of one of the L.A. players. Traditional roller derby rules apply to scoring points, and team members use just about any body part to keep foes from scoring.
Renegade Rollergirls Of Tucson's Amanda Jardee (aka Death Blossom), eyes the competition from the Los Angeles Renegade Rollergirls at the start of a jam during a match in June.
Despite a bench-clearing brawl to end the night, Alison Cole of Tucson hugs the skaters from Los Angeles. "The women of this league are all friends again when the matches are over," says Tucson's Amanda Jardee.
Sandy Russell, 49, or Pistol Whip-Her, wipes her brow after her first match. To find players, local league founder Suzi Berrie says she enlisted former Tucson Roller Derby members, sent messages on Facebook to every female friend she thought had the guts, and blanketed Craigslist with want ads.
The skates and leg gear of the Renegade Rollergirls of Tucson is bright, colorful - anything but uniform. The Tucson Rollergirls were getting ready to take the floor to face the Los Angeles Renegade Rollergirls at the Tucson Indoor Sport Center in June. Next up: a match with Renegade Rollerg…