Bruisers skate in first roller derby match

TRICIA HANKS/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->There was roller derby action in Lake Havasu City Dec. 18, which included members from Kingman’s Belladonna Bruisers. The Bruisers joined up with the Roller Santas and fell just short in a comeback attempt, losing 84-83 to the Derby Elves.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

TRICIA HANKS/Courtesy<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->There was roller derby action in Lake Havasu City Dec. 18, which included members from Kingman’s Belladonna Bruisers. The Bruisers joined up with the Roller Santas and fell just short in a comeback attempt, losing 84-83 to the Derby Elves.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

KINGMAN - The Havasu Hitgirls held a free roller derby scrimmage Dec. 18 at Sara Park Hockey Rink in Lake Havasu City. Cottonwood's Dirty Verde girls drove four hours to play a close match with girls from Havasu, Kingman and Bullhead City.

This was Kingman's Belladonna Bruisers and the Bullhead City's Head Hunter Harlots first match. The Kingman Bruisers were on the Roller Santas team that showed incredible heart, rallying from a large deficit to lose by one point to the Derby Elves, 84-83.

Cisco's Disco DJ supplied the rockin' music that kept the 100-plus crowd dancing in the bleachers.

The Route 66 Derby Chix league, which includes Kingman and Bullhead City teams, have grown from just six women in July to more than 30 women.

As for the Dirty Verdes, they have been together for over a year and are thrilled to see the region expand and popularity of a fun sport increase. Tyler "Sugar Daddy" Thomas of Cottonwood celebrated his birthday refereeing the match.

"I'm excited to see the turnout," Thomas said. "Once people watch it, they will love it. I did."

Tyler fell for roller derby when he fell for his wife, Tiffany "Sugar" Savage.

"Crankie Bear" from Bullhead was thrilled to hear the crowd cheering them on.

"Once things get moving, it will get bigger and bigger," Crankie Bear said. "You can't stop derby."