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Derby Dames seeking revenge in rematch against Crossroads City

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By Phil Scherer

The Los Alamos Derby Dames will get a chance to prove whether practice makes perfect as they head to Las Cruces this weekend for a rematch with the Crossroads City Derby Las Santas.

The team has not competed since May 27, a game which was also against Crossroads City.

That match did not go well for the Derby Dames, who ultimately fell 325-100. The match took place at the Los Alamos County Ice Rink.

One thing to consider heading into this rematch is the trouble Los Alamos had with the defensive pressure of the Las Santas.

On the offensive end, the team struggled to shed blocks, while on the defense the team struggled to contain the opposition’s jammers.

The bigger, stronger Las Santas proved to be far too much for the less-experienced Derby Dames, who continually tried to push their way through blocks but appeared to be running into a brick wall time and time again.

As the team treks south, they will be hoping for much different results, with hopes that the previous experience has taught them what it takes to be successful.

This weekend’s match will take place at the Meerscheidt Recreational Center, the home of the Las Santas.

Gates will open at 7 p.m., and the match is set to begin at 8 p.m.

The Las Santas want to make everyone aware that this is an outdoor event with metal bleacher seating, so those in attendance are encouraged to dress appropriately for high temperatures.

Tickets for the match cost $7 ahead of time, and $10 at the gate on the day of the match.

Kids under 12 get in for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Proceeds from the match will be donated to Special Olympics of New Mexico.

There will be food available for purchase at the match as well, with various vendors on hand.

Following the match, members of both teams, as well as spectators, are invited to an after-party that will be held at The Game II. Food will be served until 11 p.m., and drinks will be served until 11:45 p.m.

After this game, the Derby Dames have three more matches scheduled for the rest of the season.

The first match is scheduled July 15 against Duke City Roller Derby. It will take place in Albuquerque at the Northeast Heights Community Center.

After that game, the team will embark on two more road trips, the first to Lubbock, Texas on Aug. 12, and the second one again to Albuquerque on Aug. 26.

The team is still seeking its first win since being elevated to the professional circuit earlier this year, but have improved in each game so far this season on both the offensive and defensive sides of the track.

In the earlier match against Crossroads City, the team broke 100 points for the first time this season.

Defensively, the improvement has been even more impressive and noticeable.

After giving up nearly 500 points in its first match of the year, the team surrendered just over 300 points in its last matchup against the Las Santas.