Bombshell Brawl

Saturday, September 29. 2012

Roller derby is alive and well in the metro Atlanta area. There are teams throughout the city and surrounding areas. The Marietta Derby Darlins are one of these teams and they have found a new home at the end of the 2012 season with the Cobb County Civic Center. To celebrate their first home game they put on the Bombshell Brawl. On Saturday the Derby Darlins played a bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls from Alabama. In recent years roller derby has broken away from its roots. The sport is no longer about raised tracks and wrestling storylines but focuses on strength, agility and stamina. The women who participate in roller derby find a camaraderie with one another. I photographed the Bombshell Brawl for a Three of a Kind photo feature for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Coach Dave Knaub talks to the Marietta Derby Darlins in the locker room before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson (right) helps Samantha Perry tape her pads closed before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amber Catalano listens to the pre bout meeting in the locker room of the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Rachel Sellars prepares for the Marietta Derby Darlins’ bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls in the locker room of the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Elisa Limon (right) and Jen Elliott lsiten to their coach during the Marietta Derby Darlins pre bout meeting at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amy Gerhartz listens to the pre bout meeting in the locker room of the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

The Marietta Derby Darlins prepare for their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amber Catalano listens to the pre bout meeting in the locker room of the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amy Gerhartz (right) and Misty Horton Hannasch warm up before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Amy Gerhartz skates out of the smoke filled tunnel as the Marietta Derby Darlins are introduced before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Michelle Miller (right) tears out of the smoke filled tunnel as the team is introduced at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Karen Davis (right), Rachel Von Ins and Rachel Sellars lead the team around the track giving high fives to fans before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

The Marietta Derby Darlins huddle before their bout against the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (center) makes her way past a crowd of Torpedo Bay Rollergirls during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Samantha Perry flies around the track as she tries to catch up to the pack during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson (14) scores a point for the team during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson flies around the track as she tries to catch up to the pack during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thomson (C) tries to squeeze past Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Heather Holidy (4), Kayleigh Deurkay (5-0) and Vanessa Thuma during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amber Catalano (center) races past the pack during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Rachel Sellars (right) and Rachel Von Ins chase after Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Brittany Rayner (1.4) during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Vanessa Thuma (241), Rachel Sellars (P51D), Karen Davis and Rachel Von Ins (C4) try to avoid Brittany Rayner (1.4) and Misty Horton Hannasch (54) after they fell to the ground during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (center) leads the pack around the track during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (1990) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Kayleigh Deurkan (5-0) collide during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (1990) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Kayleigh Deurkan (5-0) collide during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (1990) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Mycha Walker (240) collide as she tries to pass her and her teammates Amy Riddle and Kayleigh Deurkan during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (right) grabs the shirt of her teammate Ranee Williams as she blocks Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Kayleigh Deurkan (center) while simultaneously propelling herself forward during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (center) leans into turn three on the track as she scores points for her team during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill takes a turn during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Brittany Rayner (left) collides with Marietta Derby Darlins’ Rachel Von Ins during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Brittany Rayner (left) collides with Marietta Derby Darlins’ Rachel Von Ins as she drops to the ground during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Christina Sykes (left) collides with Marietta Derby Darlins’ Karen Davis during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson flies around the track as she tries to pass through the pack during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson (right) leads Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Crystal Shank as they try and score points during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Amy Gerhartz (left) passes a pileup of bodies as teammate Jessie Hill (right) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Vanessa Thuma (210) try to get back on their feet during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Samantha Perry (left) tries to break away from Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Heather Holidy as she collides into her during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill smiles as she ends a high scoring jam during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Rachel Von Ins (right) braces as she collides with Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Heather Holidy during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (left) tries to stay on the track as she collides with Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Christina Sykes during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (right) falls towards the ground after colliding with Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Christina Sykes during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (right) lands on Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Crystal Shank after colliding with one of Shank’s teammates during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Rachel Sellars (right) closes in on Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Brittany Rayner to try and block her from passing during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Samantha Perry flies around the track during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Elisa Limon (center) squeezes her way past Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Brittany Rayner (left) and teammate Misty Horton Hannasch (right) during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

The Marietta Derby Darlins and the Torpedo Bay Rollergirls speed around the track at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Misty Horton Hannasch (center) and Amber Catalano (right) keep the lead of the pack as Michelle Miller collides with Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Vanessa Thuma during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Mycha Walker (right) collides with Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Ranee Williams (right) tries to pass Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Christina Sykes during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Karen Davis (22) squeezes the pack from the outside during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (left) and Misty Horton Hannasch race around the track during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Jennifer Seale (left) collides with Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Karen Davis (22) flies around the track during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Jessie Hill (left) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Nyree Campbell fall to the ground after colliding during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Heather Holidy (right) knocks Marietta Derby Darlins’ Ranee Williams to the ground during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

Marietta Derby Darlins’ Shanna Thompson (left) and Torpedo Bay Rollergirls’ Vanessa Thuma battle it out on the track during the Bombshell Brawl at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

 

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