StalkHer, who plays for the Philly Roller Girls’ Heavy Metal Hookers, won the first round in May when the team in green surprised Antidote’s Broad Street Butchers in a 145-123 come-from-behind victory.
It was the closest margin of victory this season between two PRG teams, and the second installment figures to be another hard-fought bout. Add in the knowledge that the Hookers (2-0 in league play) and the Butchers (2-1) will meet in November in the 2012 Warrior Cup, a few extra messages could be sent.
And Antidote and StalkHer Nitely could be the willing messengers as both players vowed not to go easy on the other sister once the teams come skating through the smoke-filled tunnels.
“I try to look at her as if she is any other skater out there,” Antidote said. We don’t go easy on each other and that’s the way we like it.”
Antidote #100 of the Broad Street Butchers jamming against the Heavy Metal Hookers on May 12th.
Antidote, the elder by four years, said roller derby has actually brought the family closer despite skating for different squads. The opportunity to practice side-by-side and compete against each other has fueled a friendly sister rivalry.
“We grew up close but derby has definitely brought us closer,” Antidote said. “We both love this sport so much … Spare time, not working, is always spent with derby so that’s our hang out time.”
StalkHer said she has never been closer to her sister than the past year, but once the opening jam begins, it’s a whole different story.
“At first it was tricky to treat her like an opposing player,” StalkHer said. “But after a while of focus and practice, I see her for how I should while on the track: another body to send to the floor.”
Both players figure to factor heavily into Saturday’s match. Antidote has become one of the Butchers’ top jammers and StalkHer has become an impressive blocker for the Hookers during her first year on the team.
Stalkher Nitely #789 teaming up with Alessa Evil to hold back Antidote #100 while jamming back during the May 12th bout.
The younger of the two has studied up on the Hookers’ history and believes it’s time to claim the team’s first championship.
“We've been the underdog for a long time and now it's our time for domination,” StalkHer said. “The message is simple: It's our time, our team.”
Antidote will be on double duty as she will be participating in the first half of the double header on Saturday as the Liberty Belles will take on the D.C. Rollergirl All-Stars. The Washington-based team is ranked tenth in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s Eastern Division, but is riding an eight game winning streak heading into the weekend.
The Belles’ winning streak in sanctioned bouts is at four-in-a-row, thanks to a superb showing at Rollercon in Las Vegas.
The Belles are now ranked fourth in the country by the Derby News Network and are still second in the WFTDA East Division behind Gotham.
She was right.
“As I stated then, you would be seeing a new team in month,” said Antidote, who is featured on this month’s promotional posters. “We buckled down and worked hard as individuals, which pulls our strengths together as a team. We won all three (at Rollercon) as a team because we played as one unified team.”
Antidote said, as well as the Belles are playing, the team is not looking past D.C. despite being lower in the rankings.
“Every team always poses a challenge,” she said. “When you stop thinking that way you set your self up for failure.”
The first bout is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5.
Tickets are still available through the Philly Roller Girls website or at the door for $15 GA/$20 Floor on Saturday.
Information about the location and where to park at the Liacoras Center can be found here.