January 17, 2007

The Dockyard Derby Dames

Filed under: photography,tacoma — sparkrobot @ 11:40 pm

Last Sunday Tacoma’s new all-girl, flat-track roller derby team The Dockyard Derby Dames put on their inaugural bout at the Skate-n-Station in Parkland. For the first bout the four league teams (The Trampires, Femme Fianna, Hellbound Homewreckers, Marauding Mollys) divided up into two teams, the “Good” cued up to square off versus the “Evil”. The girls gave it their all for two twenty minute sessions of roller derby action.

I arrived at Skate-n-Station around 6pm after charging up my rechargeable battery all day for the event. When I pulled out the camera to get ready for the event, I realized the battery for the camera I intended to use was still on that charger… AT HOME. Suckage. And that’s why I’m not a professional. I did have a Nikon film body, but a slim selection of film in the bag. I had to shoot Fuji Neopan 1600 black and white film. This will stand as my excuse.

Here is my Dockyard Derby Dames slideshow on Flickr. My photos kind of suck but I’ve posted them anyway. If you want to see some really great shots of the bout, check out Type2B’s photos from the same night.

Though there was some hope for the girls in white, in the end, Evil prevailed over Good by a slim margin 86-72, and I sort of enjoy saying that.

There are more events planned. According to the League’s myspace site for instance one can meet “Tacoma’s most bad-ass women” at the following upcoming events:

Pajama Party at Bob’s Java Jive Saturday, January 27th, 9 PM! Featuring music by the Gold Teeth.

AND if you missed your prom, don’t miss out on our Valentine’s Ball. Scour Goodwill for that perfect 80’s prom dress or tux and come party with us… prom pictures, dancing, food, drink, and all the 80’s hits you can handle! Saturday, February 10th at Varsity Grill.


  1. Too bad you were shooting Nikon. I had extra batteries on me, but I’m a Canon guy.

    ps. Thanks for the props.

    Comment by Jules — January 19, 2007 @ 2:59 pm

  2. That’s it. I’m trading everything in. All my friends are Canon now too. I’m a hold out. Well, on second thought maybe I should get an extra battery.

    Again, great shots Jules.

    Comment by sparkrobot — January 19, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

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