Roller Derby Update (Updated) 7/10/10

Banked-track title rematch, flat-track eight-ball and ices

It's a Calvello Cup '09 do-over this weekend for the banked-track Roller Derby TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls, while the flat-track Texas Rollergirls will be shootin' some pool and runnin' some bulls.

Tonight's TXRD bout is a rerun of last year's title tussle. After dominating the Rhinestone Cowgirls 58-27 last month, the Cherry Bombs will be looking to continue their undefeated season by taking on their old nemesis, 2009 champs the Hellcats. They need to rebound from a squeaker 32-30 loss to the Holy Rollers, but last time they met, it was the 'Cats that had the Bombs by the tail and the title in their hands. The rematch is tonight at the Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs (doors 6pm, whistle 7pm.) Tickets available now, but if you can't make it, the entire bout will be streamed live via Ustream.

Over in flat-track town, a cadre of Texas Rollergirls have headed over to New Orleans to join with their sisters of the Big Easy Rollergirls for this morning's traditional running of the bulls. Don't feel left out: The Hell Marys hold their first annual pool tournament this afternoon (July 10) at Slick Willies Family Pool Hall, 8448 Burnet. Entry to the single elimination Scotch Doubles tournament, which starts at 3pm, is only $10. There will be prizes, drinks specials, and a chance to hang with the Hells: Bring a partner or get assigned one there.

Speaking of the Hells, a quick congratulations to Melissa Plunkett, aka Sin O'Bite, and her teammates at the Texas Speed Club for a successful week at the USA Roller Sports speed skating nationals in Lincoln, Neb. (coincidentally, the location of this year's Women's Flat Track Derby Association's South Central regional tournament).

And speaking of businesses on Burnet: If you're eating at the Pluckers Wing Bar at Research and Burnet and you mention the Texas Rollergirls when you place your order, 20% of your food and nonalcoholic purchases go to support the flat-track league. This applies through August.

And speaking of Texas Rollergirls and snacking, the Austin Ice Queens will be opening their new cart behind Soma Vida, 1210 Rosewood, this month. The new skater-run addition to Austin's burgeoning street food culture officially sets out its shingle during the East End Fourth Friday party on July 23, but there's a soft launch on July 12 from noon to 7.30pm. Expect 56 flavors of sno-ball, active culture fro-yo, hand spun cotton candy, plus Lucky Bone Dog Bakery treats for your canine companion.

Behind the Texas Rollergirls' scenes and away from the fun, there's a lot of heavy practicing going on for the TXRG championship bout on July 25. Tickets are on sale now and will almost undoubtedly sell out quickly.

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