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Axles of Annihilation Skate Toward 3rd Championship

Desiree “Irie Strider” Aguirre and Dena “Drone” Lactaoen (in white) work to prevent Minnesota Nice’s jammer from scoring points at the Rust Riot in Seattle, Washington. (Photography Credit: Regularman Photography)


Axles of Annihilation Skate Toward Third Championship

Portland, OR – The Rose City Rollers’ Axles of Annihilation (AoA) head off to Dallas, Texas, this week to compete in “Go Big or Go Home,” roller derby’s B Team championship tournament. AoA are two-time champions, having come out on top in tournaments in Atlanta, Georgia, in 2016 and in Tampa, Florida, in 2017.

AoA is one of the Rose City Rollers two competitive travel teams; the other being the two-time international champions Wheels of Justice.

Despite being defending two-time champions themselves, AoA enters “Go Big or Go Home” as the number 2 seed; the team’s last loss was in April, 2016, to Denver Roller Derby’s Bruising Altitude. The team extended its undefeated streak this year after playing in Angel City Derby’s “May Day Brawl-B-Q” tournament; a bout with the Rat City Rollergirls’ Rain of Terror; and in Rat City Rollergirls’ “Rust Riot” tournament.

“We’ve had a lot of turnover this year, with only three skaters having experience competing in B team championship tournaments,” explains Kate “Sprout” Dwyer-Frattalone, one of AOA’s two captains. “I’m extremely proud of hard work and dedication the team has shown this season. We’re really looking forward to representing Rose City in Dallas and showing the world what it means to be the Wheels of Justice’s B team!”

While it’s too late to catch AoA compete at The Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park this year, “Go Big or Go Home” will be broadcast on WFTDA.tv. Additionally, many of the team’s skaters on the team compete on Rose City’s home teams, which will have exhibition bouts throughout the fall. If you want to see what some of the best roller derby in the world looks like, visit Rose City Roller’s website to purchase tickets for upcoming events.


About Rose City Rollers:
The Rose City Rollers serve women and girls who want to play the team sport of roller derby, connect with an inclusive community, and realize their power both on skates and off. They are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, formed in 2004, and a founding member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. RCR currently serves more than 500 skaters ages 7-55 and is supported by over 800 volunteers.