‘Whip It,’ For Real: BAD Girls Bring It To The Rollerderby Championship


You’re all crushed out on the tough girls with tats, roller skates and an appetite for tearing around a rink like a bat outta hell, I know you are -- I saw you sneaking into Whip It for the umpteenth time just the other day.

Well, now you’ll be able to get a taste of real-life roller-derby action -- though keep the Barbie skates at home -- when the B.ay A.rea D.erby (BAD) Girls take it to the rink for the season’s final bout -- an interleague championship -- right here in our fair city, Saturday, Oct. 24, at Fort Mason’s Herbst Pavilion. Last year’s champs, the Oakland Outlaws, will grapple with the Richmond Wrecking Belles. It’s the big time -- and big girl fun for all.

The ladies who belong to the nonprofit, all-volunteer BAD Girls are not to be messed with. They also compose the All Stars, which compete nationally as part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The team placed fifth in the national tournament last year and competed at the Western regional competition in Denver as Whip It premiered on Oct. 2. Alas, the All Stars lost to Seattle rivals Rat City Rollergirls in the last moments of the Denver bout, despite leading throughout. So give ‘em a big, fat cheer this time around. (And if you have a yen to meet the BAD Girls before the championship, see them tonight, Oct. 23, 8 p.m., at Roller Disco at Cellspace, 2050 Bryant St., S.F.)          

B.ay A.rea D.erby Girl’s 2009 Championship Bout happens Saturday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. doors, at Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason, S.F. $10-$12. www.bayareaderbygirls.com

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