Wednesday, March 2, 2011

MBDD debut: Cannery Rollers vs Babes of Wrath

The full flickr set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/sets/72157626053521547/

On my second consecutive evening of derby I drove down to Marina, CA to see the first inter-league bout of the newly formed league, the Monterey Bay Derby Dames.  The bout was held at Water City Roller Hockey Rink


Water city Roller Hockey

The venue is a hanger lit with HID lights. There is suicide and chair seating in the "end-zones" and there are  bleachers behind some glass and netting on one side of the track. I forgot to bring my 15mm lens to get a super-wide angle of the venue, so you'll just kind of have to imagine a single wide angle view from these photos.

Water City as a venue for roller derby

Water City as a venue for roller derby

Water City as a venue for roller derby

It was good to see a bunch of familiar faces from Santa Cruz and Silicon Valley.  Mildred Fierce and Pia Mess called the bout.  There are a few roller girls and fans that used to be in the Santa Cruz league that are now with the Monterey league. There was several Santa Cruz refs, and there was a bunch of Santa Cruz Derby Girls in the audience.

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I did use flash some, but I forgot to bring any gels... and so I confirmed what other photogs probably already know. The color of HID lighting is similar to fluorescent lighting (notice the green cast in the background when using flash)

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One thing we got which we don't get in Santa Cruz is the National Anthem

by the dawn's early light?

Sometimes I miss the league teams in Santa Cruz, but in Monterey we got 'em with more or less a friendly rivalry between the Cannery Rollers (in yellow) and the Babes of Wrath (in purple, with a turtle mascot).

turtles don't normally fly

The Babes of Wrath held a half time lead of 35 to 60, only to see the Cannery Rollers surge to the win of 106 to 88.

A few more photos:

thumbs up.

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A night of good derby comes to an end. I'm sure the Monterey Bay Derby Dames are proud of their first bout.
a night of good derby comes to and end.


The full flickr set is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/nocklebeast/sets/72157626053521547/

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