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Matt Biron stands in front of the Skate Free or Die All-Stars bench, arms crossed. He’s quietly studying the newly drafted skaters during league scrimmage – are the walls tight enough, are the jammers controlling their speed, are they all working together? Last season – 2013 – was a season full of firsts for New Hampshire Roller Derby’s A team, including cracking the Women’s Flat Track Derby Associations’s top 40 rankings, competing in a playoff tournament, and being nominated for Derby News Network’s Women’s Team of the Year. Now ranked at 35, there is no taking it easy. In order to remain a competitive contenderRead More →

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MANCHESTER – Would you be brave enough to sport a bald head in an effort to help find a cure for and stand in solidarity with childhood cancer patients? More than half a dozen of New Hampshire Roller Derby’s skaters and a handful of fans are doing just that on Saturday, Aug. 24 at the league’s home season closer at the JFK Memorial Coliseum in Manchester. Head shavings will take place during half time at the double header bout and all proceeds will be donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. It started at the beginning of the 2013 season when Queen City Cherry Bombs Chuck NU Around and Su McKenzie decided toRead More →

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MANCHESTER – The women of New Hampshire Roller Derby’s top travel team have made cosmic-like leaps and bounds in the sport’s rankings, landing themselves a spot to skate in a Division I tournament in September. NHRD’s Skate Free or Die All-Stars were invited to play in one of the four Women Flat Track Derby Association’s playoff tournaments in Richmond, Va., this fall to compete against some of the toughest teams in this top competitive division. With WFTDA’s fourth-quarter rankings now released, the All-Stars are ranked No. 37 in the entire world. In July 2012, SFOD stood at No. 84. In just a year’s time, the All-Stars made a 47-spot jump, landing themselves in the top 40Read More →

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Salem — Make way for some new guests in town — guests with names like “Pixie Bruiser” and “Crueliette.” Anyone who stands in their way, better be prepared to pay the price. Yes, real roller derby action may be coming to Salem. Representatives of New Hampshire Roller Derby will go before the Planning Board tonight for permission to establish a 12,000-square-foot practice facility in a vacant industrial building at 11 Garabedian Drive, according to town planning director Ross Moldoff. Read the whole article at eagletribune.comRead More →