Every sport has it rivalries, but few are as big as the one between the Charlotte Roller Girls and the Columbia Quad Squad. On Sunday, May 17, the two face off once again at the Grady Cole Center, Charlotte’s home location. The last meeting for the two foes was in October with Charlotte taking the win.
The rivalry between the two leagues dates back to their first meeting in 2008. It was Charlotte’s inaugural home bout and the two fought tooth and nail with Columbia walking away with a narrow victory.
“They are based close by, which always makes for a good rivalry,” said Charlotte’s team captain Court’her Pound’her. “They are also fierce competitors. Our first bout with them turned into a grudge match between us and some of their players. It became almost personal. That’s when it all began.”
In October, Charlotte traveled to Columbia for a rematch and got their revenge by grabbing the victory.
“We marched into their house and returned the favor,” said Court’her Pound’her. “We left the victors and with bragging rights. It was a huge win which only made our rivalry bigger.”
The Charlotte Roller Girls are the Queen City’s only female flat track roller derby league. Formed in 2006, it has two interleague teams, the All-Stars and B Dazzlers. The roster for each team changes throughout the season with players transferring from team to team based upon individual performance. The All-Stars will battle against Columbia on May 17.
“Our last bout went down to the final 30 seconds,” said Court’her Pound’her. “It was probably one of the most intense we’ve ever had. There is no doubt that this bout with Columbia will make that one look tame. If you like watching girls getting physical with each other, you might not want to miss it.”
Seating is limited and fans are encouraged to arrive early. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m. with the bout starting at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets for the May 17 on sale now and be purchased in advance for $10 here or in person at The Common Market. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $14