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Grand Rapids Area Roller Derby Association was formed in October 2010, and was the first roller derby league on Minnesota’s Iron Range. Our mission is to provide an opportunity to empower women in the greater Grand Rapids area through athleticism, sportsmanship, supporting our fellow teammates and giving back to the local community, as participants in a player owned and run flat-track derby league.

2014 Home Season Finale

On September 27, GRARDA hosted their last home bout of the 2014 season. The double header was action packed. The first bout was the Dirty Ores versus the Shipwreckers. The main bout was the Iron Range Maidens versus Dames of Anarchy (DOA).

The Shipwreckers showed their endurance by playing with a short roster of only 9 skaters. The Dirty Ores played with integrity and displayed their strong booty blocking skills. With a final score of 236 to 139 the Shipwreckers took the win.

Dirty Ores and Shipwreckers ~ Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

Dirty Ores and Shipwreckers ~ Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

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Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

The night was just getting started when the Maidens took the track against DOA of Mason City Iowa. It was a bout full of big hits, quick skates and a little dancing. DOA kept the score within 50 points throughout the bout, but was unable to close the deal. Maidens won with a final score of 219 to 172.

IRM vs DOA Peanut

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IRM vs DOA

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Northern Lights Community School was the bout beneficiary. Thanks to the fans GRARDA is able to help send students to London. Bout beneficiaries are community, non-profit organizations who receive a portion of the ticket sales from that bout.

GRARDA is looking for skaters and referees. There will be two recruitment nights this month: Monday, October 6th from 6pm-8pm at the Northern Lights Community School in Warba and Tuesday, October 7th from 6pm-8pm at the Grand Rapids Armory. Interested people must be 19 years or older with health insurance.

Come ask questions, try on some gear and meet some derby girls.

IRM vs DOA b

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The team would like to say thank you to all their fans and sponsors for your support this season. GRARDA is not possible without you. Maidens have one more away bout in Manitoba this year. The skaters hope to see you all for their 5th season in 2015! Watch for 2015 season dates on the website or on Facebook.

 

Bout Day! August 9, 2014

The Iron Range Maidens started out their day on August 9 by skating in the Remer Harvest Days Parade with new sponsor, The Icecube.Remer Harvest Days Parade 2014

Later that evening, the Maidens took on Team Gang Green of the Wheat City Roller Derby League of Brandon, Manitoba.  It was a hard fought bout, but Team Gang Green came out on top with a score of 197-165.

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Star of the North Humane Society was the bout beneficiary, and both teams had fun playing with the cute and furry animals. A few kittens met their new families at the bout!

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Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

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Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

GRARDA Happenings ~ July 2014

By Meggin Wourms

The Grand Rapids Area Roller Derby Association has been a busy group. Activities have ranged from fundraisers to parades to bouts.

The Iron Range Attackonites participated in Ely’s very first home bout on July 12th. The DaRANGED team was unable to defeat the Attackonites with a final score of 117 to 262. Win or lose the Ely team had a great turn out and were a very welcoming team.

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

The newly formed team of Gilbert called Roller Underground, put on a scrimmage at Hoyt Lakes Water Carnival. Martyr Maker, Meg My Day, Nite Mare, and Sarah Whalin, from GRARDA, were able to join in on the fun. A scrimmage is like a practice bout; people are able to come, watch and get the game of derby explained to them.

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

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Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

Copyright 2014 Quick N Derby

GRARDA was present for all 3 days of Tall Timber Days. They started off on Friday with a pizza fundraiser at Ogles. Thank you to all who came out to support them. Push-a-derby-girl races were held on Saturday. GRARDA likes to include children activities to encourage families to come to roller derby events. Push-a-derby-girl races are held at the halftime of every home bout. Lastly the derby girls skated in the parade.

Tall Timber Days Parade 2014

Tall Timber Days Parade 2014

Keep missing these derby girls? Don’t worry there are plenty more events coming up. The Iron Range Maidens are playing August 9th at Coleraine’s Hodgins-Berardo arena. Doors open at 6:15pm. First whistle at 7pm. IRM takes on Brandon, Manitoba’s team Gang Green. Tickets are available ahead of time at Reed Drug, Vidcom and on our facebook pages Iron Range Maidens and Iron Range Attackonites. There are no additional fees when you buy online. Tickets are also available at the door. The Maidens and Attackonites will also be painting faces from 6pm-8pm at Coleraine’s Fish-A-Rama on Friday August 8th and skating in the Remer’s Harvest Festival parade at noon on August 9th.

Interested in doing more than just watching a derby girl? GRARDA is always looking for volunteers, skaters and referees. You can email them at freshmeat@ironrangemaidens.com or find them on Facebook (Attackonites). GRARDA would like to thank you all again for your support. Hope to see you all on august 9th at the Hodgins-Berardo Arena.

Midwest Derby Fest 2014

June 27-29, 2014 – The Iron Range Maidens traveled to Lebanon, Missouri to participate in the second annual Midwest Derby Fest Tournament. This is a double elimination tournament, two losses and you’re out. “This tournament is to show the progression of leagues in tournament play” according to the event’s Facebook page “The format is tough and teams have to show great capacity for endurance, training, coaching, team work and strategy. This by no means is an easy feat.” The bracket was composed of 16 women’s teams. There was a bracket for 8 men’s teams as well. The men and women did not compete against each other.

After 13 hours of driving over two days the Maidens faced their first Opponents on Friday night. The Maidens were unable to defeat Plan B with a final score of 113 to 215.

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Copyright 2014 Randy Pace

 

Saturday proved to be a better day, pulling out a double win. Mid America Rebels were only able to score 45 points against the Maidens 299. Dark River brought more to the track with a final score of 126 to 104. Sunday brought the possibility of multiple games as long as a win was had. The Maidens proved themselves again against the M.U.L.L.E.T.s 120 to 107.

IRM and MULLET

The bouts were only two hours apart with each opponent getting stronger. It was a nail biting game against the Derby Diamonds, with the leading score changing hands almost every other jam. The Maidens fought hard, but the final score did not end in their favor at 96 to 102. This put the Iron Range Maidens in an unofficial 5th place.

This was the Maidens first experience at a double elimination tournament. There was plenty of roller derby to watch and much to learn. They were able to cheer on fellow Minnesota team the men’s Terrordactyles. In turn the Terrordactyls cheered for the Maidens and helped bench coach at every bout.

IRM and Terrordactyls

Peanut Slugger-n-Jam had family in the area to also cheer on the Maidens. The “Peanut Gallery” with the Terrordactyles proved to be the loudest cheering section of the tournament. The Maidens greatly appreciated the support.

IRM and the Peanut Gallery

You can find some pictures of the event on the Iron Range Maidens Facebook page and also #irm2mdf. To see the Maidens locally, they will be in Coleraine August 9th.

Copyright 2014 Randy Pace

Copyright 2014 Randy Pace

Copyright 2014 Randy Pace

Copyright 2014 Randy Pace

The Iron Range Maidens

Attackonites vs. Shipwreckers ~ June 14, 2014

June 14, 2014 – The Iron Range Attackonites skated hard against the Harbor City Roller Dames Shipwreckers. The first half proved to be a challenge with a score of 102 to 101 with Attackonites in the lead. Thanks to practices full of endurance and off skate workouts, the Attackonites dominated the second half with a score of 236 to 163. Grand Rapids Area Roller Derby League is currently undefeated in their 2014 season.

The Iron Range Maidens are heading to Missouri June 27-29 to participate in the Midwest Derby Fest Tournament. Their next home bout in Coleraine is August 9th. If you’ve been missing out on this roller derby action you can listen to past bouts on the Roller Derby Radio Network on Facebook. To be a part of this fast growing sport, as a skater, referee or volunteer email freshmeat@ironrangemaidens.com. Thank you for your continued support to our fans and volunteers!

Copyright 2014 JWesley.Bailey

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2013 Home Season Finale

September 21, 2013 – Grand Rapids Area Roller Derby ended the season with a dual win! The Iron Range Attackonites beat Ely’s DaRANGED, 189 to 168.

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The Iron Range Maidens were victorious over the Eau Claire Chippewa Valley Roller Girls, 318 to 75. Thank you for supporting your local roller derby!

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