(individual bios coming soon!)
Roller derby dates back at least to the 1920s, when the sport consisted of multi-day skate races that focused more on endurance than physical contact. The modern version started to take shape in 1935, when Chicago promoter Leo Seltzer and sportswriter Damon Runyon emphasized the physical contact aspect of the sport.
Roller derby remained popular for several decades, getting heavy airplay on both radio and television. The sport was focused around nationally popular stars like Ann Calvello and Joanie Weston, but in many ways it more closely resembled professional wrestling – with planned “spots” and pre-determined outcomes – than it does today’s roller derby.
The new wave of roller derby leagues started only in the last several years, sparked largely by the formation of an all-female league in Texas in 2001. Amateur enthusiasts with a DIY (do it yourself!) ethic from around the world responded and started forming teams. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) started in 2004.
In August of 2006, the Star City Roller girls was founded by Maureen O’Havok (a.k.a. Siobhan Haines). The team made its competitive debut in July 2007 against the Richmond Derby Demons.
Since then, the Star City Roller Girls have played teams from all over the region. We are currently in our apprenticeship to be full members of WFTDA. Throughout the seasons since the team’s inception, we have gained many amazing players, and we’ve lost a few. We have won and lost bouts against some of the most amazing girls you’d ever hope to meet. Through it all we have grown stronger and stronger. We encourage everyone to come see us play!