Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Photos: The Hellgate Rollergirls conquer the Adams Center

Posted by on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 10:13 AM

On Friday, March 25, Missoula's emergent roller derby league, the Hellgate Rollergirls, performed for the first time under the bright lights of the University of Montana's Adams Center. The league's growing fan base watched as Missoula's two teams, the Dirt Road Dolls and the Brawlin' Mollies, went head-to-head, with the Dirt Road Dolls winning 116-79. The bout kicked off the Rollergirls' 2011 schedule, which takes the teams to Washington, Colorado and Utah. Photojournalist Anne Medley was there to capture the action.

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The Brawlin Mollies and the Dirt Road Dolls go head-to-head at the Adams Center.
  • Anne Medley
  • The Brawlin' Mollies and the Dirt Road Dolls go head-to-head at the Adams Center.


The Brawlin Mollies regroup on the sidelines after a jam.
  • Anne Medley
  • The Brawlin' Mollies regroup on the sidelines after a jam.


The Hellgate Rollergirls line up for the start of a jam.
  • Anne Medley
  • The Hellgate Rollergirls line up for the start of a jam.


Lady Scorpius, jammer for the Brawlin Mollies, powers around the track during a jam.
  • Anne Medley
  • "Lady Scorpius," jammer for the Brawlin' Mollies, powers around the track during a jam.


Hemogoblin of the Dirt Road Dolls watches from the bench.
  • Anne Medley
  • "Hemogoblin" of the Dirt Road Dolls watches from the bench.


Lola Botomizer gives directions to her Brawlin Mollies teammates during a time-out.
  • Anne Medley
  • "Lola Botomizer" gives directions to her Brawlin' Mollies teammates during a time-out.


Members of Bellatrix Cirques perform during the half-time show.
  • Anne Medley
  • Members of Bellatrix Cirques perform during the half-time show.


Full Nelson of the Brawlin Mollies, left, and Darby Smash of the Dirt Road Dolls wait for the whistle.
  • Anne Medley
  • "Full Nelson" of the Brawlin' Mollies, left, and "Darby Smash" of the Dirt Road Dolls wait for the whistle.


Members of the Brawlin Mollies wait to be put in for the next jam.
  • Anne Medley
  • Members of the Brawlin' Mollies wait to be put in for the next jam.


A referee points to rollergirl Dreadly Nightshade to indicate shes the lead jammer.
  • Anne Medley
  • A referee points to rollergirl "Dreadly Nightshade" to indicate she's the lead jammer.


The Dirt Road Dolls celebrate after their 116-79 win over the Brawlin Mollies.
  • Anne Medley
  • The Dirt Road Dolls celebrate after their 116-79 win over the Brawlin' Mollies.


M. Kneesya, left, of the Brawlin Mollies congratulates members of the Dirt Road Dolls after the Dolls won Fridays bout.
  • Anne Medley
  • "M. Kneesya," left, of the Brawlin' Mollies congratulates members of the Dirt Road Dolls after the Dolls won Friday's bout.


Dirt Road Dolls Cruela D. Crill, left, and Hot Mess flaunt their uniforms at the end of the bout.
  • Anne Medley
  • Dirt Road Dolls "Cruela D. Crill," left, and "Hot Mess" flaunt their uniforms at the end of the bout.


Dirt Road Dolls mascot Lauren Varney takes a break at the end of Fridays bout as spectators empty out of the Adams Center.
  • Anne Medley
  • Dirt Road Dolls mascot Lauren Varney takes a break at the end of Friday's bout as spectators empty out of the Adams Center.

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