Pikes Peak Derby Dames 194, Salt City Shakers 41

Ouch! The Shakers got spanked on Saturday night and to add insult to injury I hurt my shoulder. I'm hoping that the shoulder is just bruised and not sprained or strained.
The Shakers were invited to Colorado Springs to participate in a double header. The opening bout was Rocky Mountain Roller Girls vs the FOCO Girls Gone Derby (Fort Collins). Highly ranked Rocky Mountain had their way with FOCO in this bout. Next up was the Shakers vs Pikes Peak Derby Dames. PPDD is ranked #16 in the nation. The skated faster than us, hit harder than us, and played smarter than us. There is a reason that they are headed to regionals in Houston in two weeks.
All that aside, Colorado Springs is a charming town and I wish that I'd had more time to explore. PPDD is an impressive organization. Their venue was incredible as you can tell from the photos and video below. The team had an amazing rapport with the crowd, they are very interactive. But the best part was that in town the same weekend was a firefighter convention. The firefigthers brought a bagpipe and drum band. PPDD integrated that community event with the double header by inviting the firefighters' band to perform at our half-time. Amazing!!

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