The Naptown Roller Girls' varsity team, the Tornado Sirens, beat the Ohio Roller Girls by 100 points the last time they met before Saturday's bout at the Pepsi Coliseum. As it turns out, the Sirens were probably being generous during that previous matchup. By the time I had figured where to sit Saturday, the score was 59-9. When it was over, the Sirens had racked up a 191-41 victory.
I took most of my photos from the area known as the Suicide Seats, and no wonder — you’re just a few feet away from the action, where you run the teeny chance of having a scrum of roller girls go careening into you. Incidentally, I can attest from experience that this is officially scarier than photographing the Indy 500.
I spent a good chunk of the second half shooting from the nosebleed seats, and if you're ever at a bout, it's worth trying both the high seats and Suicide Row. Up close, you can virtually feel the collisions as they happen; up above, it's a bit more detached, but you can really sort out the kind of high-speed chess game being played with the strategy.
As for the game — well, the score says it all. Seriously, it was the kind of massively unbalanced rout that one normally associates with the Harlem Globetrotters versus the Washington Generals, or possibly anyone in the world versus the 2011 Colts. I think Curtis Painter sent a condolence card. Whatever the case, it certainly sets a pace for a exciting season, though we can only hope future opponents will prove slightly more competitive. In the meantime, make with the clicky above and check out all our photos of last weekend’s game action!
You can see the Naptown Roller Girls during a charity appearance at the Indy Choruses “Tailgate Skate” fundraiser on Glen Arm Road at noon Nov. 27. Their next home bout is December 17.