Roller derby rolls into the Valley

It's a fast paced sport where throwing elbows and name calling is encouraged. We're talking about roller derby.

This weekend, a huge roller derby tournament took place with competitors from across the US showing up here to participate. Fox 10's Ty Brennan got a look at the competition and has this story.

It's a sport that is not for the faint of heart...

"Roller derby is a full contact sport on four wheels," says Amanda Malligo, who goes by the nickname Toaster on her Roller Derby team.

It's fast moving, and teams stop at nothing to prevent the opposite team from scoring a point. And derby names are just as creative as their moves.

"Toaster -- it's my derby name," says Malligo. "I've been playing for a long time, it stands for the brave little toaster everybody calls me toaster, toasty…"

The Valley's Rawhide hosted this year's roller derby tournament, which had a huge turnout.

"This is a huge event," says Malligo. "It's the first international derby tournament in the city of Phoenix, which is really exciting."

"It's been in the workings for about a year now," says Danielle Johnson, who goes by the derby name, Little Bunny Fufu.

The two-day tournament allowed top-ranked women's, men's and junior teams to participate.

"My mom does derby and then I started," says Johnson. "I'm a blocker and we have a jammer and we stop her from getting points."

These teams say the competition is a great way for the community to see what roller derby is all about, and hopefully spur on more roller derby participants.
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