It's been a season of surprises for the Mad Rollin' Dolls, Madison's all-women's roller derby league. Underdogs have risen from the dead, and dynasties have fallen; records have been broken and upsets abound. The regular season winds to a close this Saturday at Fast Forward Skate Center, when all four teams will face off to find out who will be matched up for semi-finals next month.
The Vaudeville Vixens, who upset last year's champs the Reservoir Dolls in game one, will take on the undefeated Quad Squad. The Unholy Rollers, who turned the tables and overtook the Vixens in game two, will face the surprisingly winless Res Dolls. As skaters and fans alike have learned this year, it could still be anyone's season.
Ace S. Wild #13
All Hollows Eve #31
Amazing Disgrace #38 (Co-Captain)
Ana Killingspree #47
B'Dunkadunk #187 (Co-Captain)
Betty Bloodlust #44
Busta Crimes #$
Carrie A. HackSAW #24
Dutch Oven #2
J.L. Breaker #1098
Mouse #4 (Captain)
Paine Mansfield #888
Rosetta Stoned #420
S.i.D. VI #VI
Stank Girl the Stench Wench #77
Tatum Tantrum #97
Tommie Gunn #45
I took a time-out for a little Q&A with Res Dolls' co-captain, B'Dunkadunk, who bench manages the team this year, to check in with the fan-favorite skate crime syndicate.
The Daily Page: How is your season shaping up so far?
B'Dunkadunk: Unlike our undefeated season last year, 2008 has not been as fortunate for the Res Dolls. We are 0-2 going into the bout with the Unholies this week. Hopefully with a win this month we will have some momentum going into the semi-finals and finals coming up.
How have the Res Dolls changed as a team from last year to this year?
2008 has been somewhat of a rebuilding year for the Res Dolls. We lost a few of our veteran players after last season and have had to adjust to playing without them. Luckily, we did very well in the draft this year and picked up an amazing group of Rookies.
What improvements has the team seen?
There has been improvement across the board for our players this year. Practices have taken on a much more aggressive pace and the athleticism that has come from that has really stepped up the game for the league as a whole. We had 7 players on the 2007 Dairyland Dolls roster. Having that many girls playing at a national competition level and practicing for it all summer has improved our team as a whole tremendously. We also drafted very well this year and all our rookies have lived up to and exceeded our expectations.
What are some challenges you face?
Losing two of our four-year-veteran players has been challenging to say the least. We have also had some injuries that have kept some of our best players on the sidelines this season.
What was your off-season training like?
Because we had nearly half of our team rostered as Dairyland Dolls, there was not a lot of off-season to be had. We also began training at the Monkey Bar Gym this past summer so that players who weren't rostered as DDs could stay in peak shape and be ready for the 2008 season.
What is the outlook for the rest of the season?
It's anybody's guess this year how the season will end up. We are confident that we can pull off a win this weekend and go into next month's semi-finals with some renewed energy.
You can see the Reservoir Dolls take on the Unholy Rollers this Saturday, Mar. 22, at Fast Forward Skate Center, 4649 Verona Rd., Madison. Doors open at 6:30, action starts at 7. Tickets are $10 in advance, and can be purchased online and at Freedom/Knuckleheads, Capitol City Tattoo, Cha Cha Beauty Parlor, the High Noon Saloon, Lakeside Press and Fast Forward Skate Center.
Melissa Faliveno skates as Harlot Bronte with the Mad Rollin' Dolls and works as an editor and freelance writer in her spare time.