Vermont’s Green Mountain Roller Derby (GMRD) hits the track this weekend with it’s 2018 season opener against neighboring state rivals- New Hampshire’s Granite State Roller Derby (GSRD). Green Mountain has anxiously been preparing for this game!
Green Mountain’s history with Granite State goes all the way back to 2011, when both teams were still in their early beginnings. That year GMRD took the lead with a killer score of 244-36!
It took another three years for the teams to face off again, this time as WFTDA sanctioned teams competing for international rankings. GMRD took the win that February with a staggering 345-76 and again later that same year leading ahead 297-86.
Granite State and Green Mountain haven’t skated publically against each other since. Back in March of 2016, GMRD took the win in a closed scrimmage with only eight skaters, but the competition was tough! Granite State’s skill set was catching up!
Now, two years later, a lot has definitely on changed on both teams! GMRD had a rotation of skaters retire after almost a decade of play. Other skaters moved out of state or transferred to higher ranked leagues. Many new players have come up through the rookie program and some transferred into GMRD after moving to the area. Granite State is likely to have had many of the same changes to their roster and challenges to overcome as well! The unknown is unnerving! This New England showdown will be one to remember!
Join the action packed fun this Saturday at the Champlain Valley Exposition Center in Essex VT. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first whistle is at 6 p.m. All GMRD games are family friendly, but our venue does include a beer garden for adult beverages. Get your tickets ahead of time through our event page on Seven Days Tickets in case we sell out at the door!