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Sunday, July 12, 2009

No Holds Barred: Beatrix Slaughter and Hard Anya of Gotham Girls Roller Derby 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman speaks with two skaters from the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Beatrix Slaughter of the Bronx Gridlock and Hard Anya of the Brooklyn Bombshells.

Their two teams had a bout Sat., July 11, in which Bronx won, 131-58, after the score was tied 40-40 towards the end of the first half. With this victory, the Bronx Gridlock, the 2007 Gotham Girls Roller Derby league champions, clinch a berth in the 2009 league championships against the Manhattan Mayhem. Bronx will also play Manhattan on August 8 in the last regular season matchup for both.

Right after the bout, we spoke with both Beatrix Slaughter and Hard Anya. Although they had just been competing hard against each other, they spoke with us together, once again showing the deep camaraderie which is embedded in the world of roller derby, the fastest-growing sport in America.

We spoke with them both about this game, the return to skating by Beatrix after an injury last season, the June 19 come-from-behind 84-76 victory by the Gotham Girls All-Stars over the legendary Texas Rollergirls, why roller derby is still so much fun, and more.

As a league, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby won the 2008 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) national championship, and are still undefeated and ranked number one in the U.S. The 2009 WFTDA Nationals Tournament will take place November 13-15 in Philadelphia, PA.

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