Flint Roller Derby season opener kicks off Saturday

FLINT (WJRT) (5/3/2019) - It’s a team with ambitious and hard-working women.

"We've been stepping it up each time we hit the track,” said Shanna Miller, whose roller derby name is Miller Lite.

Flint Roller Derby will compete against Durham Region Roller Derby's Atom Smashers on Saturday evening. It’s been six months since the team has played on its own turf.

"I've been so amped up all week long,” Veronica VanCleve said, known as VanCleaver on the rink. "I've been talking about it wherever I go, been giving that enthusiasm."

This season, the team has already played two sanctioned games by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, which is the official governing body of roller derby and more than 400 teams.

"Our energy and enthusiasm continues to grow,” Miller said.

When the players are out on the track, nothing else seems to matter but winning the game.

"We don't let the audience affect us,” VanCleve said. ‘

Playing the sport is only half of the team’s commitment. Its motto is “greater good”.

"Everything we do is for the greater good even our skaters we are required to do community service,” Miller said.

The game starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at Rollhaven Skating Center at 5315 S. Saginaw St. in Grand Blanc Township and doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door or free for children age 12 and younger.

Spectators age 21 and older can bring their own alcoholic beverages. Two 16-ounce unbreakable containers of beer or wine per person will be allowed.

Flint Roller Derby's remaining home matches this year are June 1, Sept. 21 and Nov. 9.