580 ready to go
Lawton's 580 RollerGirls are ready to roar back onto the flat track for their fourth season of roller derby action.
The RollerGirls kick off the season at 7 p.m. Saturday night when they host Wichita, Kans.-based, ICT All Stars in the "Battle of the Beauties" at the Great Plains Coliseum. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Military or student identification gets $2 off and kids 12 and under get in free with a paid adult. Season passes and "suicide" (track side) seating are also available.
This year's squad returns to the Coliseum's concrete flat track under a bright new light system that Coach Penny "Coper Penny" Dodd said will shine upon some highlight-reel-worthy action. After coming off the bench for pack support last year, Dodd said she's solely coaching the team.
"I wasn't supposed to play last season, my body is telling me to slow down," Dodd, 54, said. "This sport is bad on the body, like football."
While some familiar faces will be gone from prior seasons, most of the team is returning to form. Crystal "Pistol" Ponnuchamy is returning from a catastrophic ankle injury but has reported feeling in pretty good shape lately. Shannon "Cocoa Thunder" Johnson is expected to return to that core leader role she's assumed as she's ascended to a pack punisher position. Kaley "Trigger Trixie" Meyer will also be returning with fleet feet to rack up points from the jammer post.