East Texas Bombers roller derby team ready for season opener

East Texas Bombers roller derby team ready for season opener
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Flat track roller derby is one of the fastest growing sports in America, and there's one group in East Texas that's bringing the sport back to the Pineywoods.

The East Texas Bombers relocated back to Lufkin in October 2014, after over ten years in Tyler.

"In order to keep the league alive we've moved it to Lufkin," said Co-Captain and Lead Director Mary Catherine Breen. "And since we've done that we've recruited many new skaters, we've got about twenty new skaters which is a lot for roller derby."

The ladies practice twice a week at the St. Patrick's gym in Lufkin. The team has been practicing and scrimmaged other teams but on Saturday night they will host their first home game in Nacogdoches.

"You can expect to see a lot of action," said Charon Rose Mayes. "Derby does not disappoint."

For those unfamiliar with the sport of roller derby… it's a series of short two minute match ups in which both teams designate someone, a jammer, to scores by lapping members of the opposing team.

While the excitement and action is what brings a lot of these women to the rink, many enjoy interacting and coming together despite their busy schedules.

"It's just, we're women, we're busy, we multi task and this sport brings a lot of needs together for women," explains Breen.

Charla Felder, Head of Training for the group, told us her favorite part was the encouragement that she receives from her fellow teammates.

"They are so supportive and so understanding, and we just take everybody in and do the best we can."

And while the East Texas Bombers expect a win this weekend in Nacogdoches – they do say the 'W' on their schedule isn't everything.

"Winning is important but it's not everything, it's getting out there and overcoming your fear I guess," said Breen. "Our motto is feel the fear and do it anyway."

The East Texas Bombers will take on Assassination City from Dallas on Saturday, August 1 at the Nacogdoches Civic Center starting at 7:00 p.m.

The team says the games are all family friendly with tickets running $10 and $12 dollars. All proceeds from the game will benefit the Parks Advocacy League in Nacogdoches.

KTRE Summer intern Hunter Sowards contributed to this story.

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