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G.I. Janes bust Barbies in roller derby season finale

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Photography by Baron Sekiya | Hawaii 24/7

Special to Hawaii 24/7 by Eric “Buddy Haole” Lammerman

The Paradise Roller Girls (PRG) got into the holiday spirit Saturday night, careening into each other like Black Friday shoppers in pursuit of a hot deal.

In a toy-themed, inter-league bout, the G.I. Janes ambushed the Barbies 141-99 at the Hilo Civic Auditorium.

The bout featured several players from PRG’s all-star team, the Hawaiian Honey Badgers. The Janes had two of the Honey Badgers’ most productive jammers — D’evil’D Meggs and FyreFly Fatale — on the roster.

The Barbies countered with several hard-hitting blockers from the Honey Badgers, including captain Anita Whiskey and Reba SmackNFlyher.

The jammer is the player who scores points, though, and the Barbies didn’t have the fire-power at the position to keep up with the Janes. The Janes led 62-46 by halftime, and the Barbies never mounted a serious challenge in the second half.

“Of course I wish that we would have won,” Whiskey said, “but I’m happy that the girls who are new to it had a chance to play in front of the home crowd, and that they had a good time.”

Several players made their roller derby debut last night.

“It was incredible,” said Cheat to Win of Kona’s Tsunami Slammers. “It was so much fun!”

An alternate for the Honey Badgers, Cheat scored several points as a jammer for the Janes.

PRG wrapped up its 2011 season with the bout; but it won’t be long before the ladies are back on the flat track.

“We have a lot of great plans for next year,” said Bad Brains Betty, who will take over Jan. 1 as league president.

PRG will expand to a four-team league in 2012, meaning there will be a big push to recruit and train new players in the first part of the year.

The league also hopes to send the Honey Badgers to compete in the “Wild West Showdown” tournament in Kitsap, Wash.

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One Response to “G.I. Janes bust Barbies in roller derby season finale”

  1. liz says:

    Very nice editing and video presentation. I wasn’t able to be there, so I appreciate the recap.


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