Paradise Roller Girls are hosting the first ever Battle of the Islands Roller Derby Tournament featuring women’s roller derby teams from all islands in an all-day tournament at Edith Kanaka‘ole Stadium in Hilo. The first bout on Saturday starts at 11a.m. with the final bout starting at 7 p.m.
The tournament will feature: Paradise Roller Girls Honey Badgers (Hawaii), Echo City Knockouts (Kona), Pacific Roller Derby Hulagans (Oahu), Maui Roller Girls, Maui Owies, Garden Island Renegade Rollers (Kauai), and Bee Team — a mixed team from all islands featuring skaters from Aloha City Rollers, Paradise Roller Girls, Pacific Roller Derby and Maui Roller Girls.
BOI is structured to allow the veteran A teams and fresher B teams to compete within their group level for championships. The A teams (PRG Honey Badgers, Pacific Hulagans and the Maui Roller Girls) will compete in a double elimination, starting at 11 a.m. with the PRG Honey Badgers vs. the Pacific Hulagans. Depending on the outcome of the A team eliminations, the championship bout will start at 5 or 7 p.m. The B teams (Maui Owies, Echo City Knockouts, Garden Island Renegade Rollers and the Bee Team) will have the next bout starting at noon with GIRR vs Echo City Knockouts.
The Battle of the Islands is a twice annual tournament that will rotate amongst the islands. The idea of Battle of the Islands started in an email discussion between Paradise Roller Girls, Maui Roller Girls, the Garden Island Renegade Rollers and Pacific Roller Derby. The expense for teams to purchase airfare and lodging makes it difficult to travel to each of the other islands to compete. Battle of the Islands allows all the leagues to come together in one city and bout against all the islands. The next Battle of the Islands will be hosted by Pacific Roller Derby on Oahu at the end of September.
Tickets are $5 for all-day admission, children 10 years and under are free. Tickets may be purchased online at http://paradiserollergirls.com or from CD Wizard, Hilo Town Tavern, Mt. View Village Video, Jungle Love Pahoa, Jeff Hunt Surfboards Pahoa or ask a roller girl.
Concessions on tap
Concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase during the tournament.