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Saturday, 18 June 2016

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We crossed the mighty Columbia to attend a match by the mighty Shanghaied Roller Dolls, Astoria’s roller derby team.  Attending sporting events is not in our usual roster of activities.  Allan’s sister, Pam “Farrah Toss-It” Stockman, was a coach for the Rat City Roller Girls, I like tough women and the punk rock aura of roller derby, and so both of us had planned to attend a match one of these days.  When we saw the Dolls in last week’s Astoria Pride March, and then learned that tonight would be the last match of this season, one of these days became today.  Without further blather, here are our photos, all taken with little pocket cams, nothing fancy..  Allan’s are marked with an asterisk *.

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The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

The Astoria Armory

*view from The Armory

*view from The Armory

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

* It was a mash up rather than two separate teams

*children's art on the walls

* art on the walls

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warm up

For the first hour after the doors opened, the skaters went round and round the arena warming up.  It was pleasantly mesmerizing to watch.

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*stretching out before the match

*stretching out before the match

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*referee

*referee

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the match

As soon as the match began, the jammer was mostly out of focus as she skated rapidly around and through the blockers.  The referee skated along with her, pointing at her, I think so we could keep track of her.  Other than that, I am fairly clueless about what was going on.  That did not stop me from finding it highly entertaining.  The music was good, too, sort of a dance club feel.

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*starting position

*starting position

Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

Uh oh, little pocket cam is going to have a hard time keeping up with this!

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*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.

*The jammer, wearing a star, is the scoring player. The others are blockers.  Read more here.

*The referees skated around along with the jammers. (I don't exactly know why.)

*A referees skated along with the jammer.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

*The one the right was my favourite as she reminded me of our friend J9.

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*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

*Sgt. Goodding was a kind and community minded Seaside police officer who was fatally shot while on duty this past spring.

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Then it was over.  I don’t know who won, and that did not matter to me.  The fans lined up around the ring and the skaters high fived them all.

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*fan appreciation after the match

*fan appreciation after the match

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

*some future plans and dreams for the Armory

As we departed, we saw that the Armory project, which also houses the Q Center, was funded by Ilwaco’s Craft 3 Bank.

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south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

south of the Armory, beautiful Astoria hillside

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