The Acadiana Roller Girls are Acadiana’s local roller derby team and remain undefeated. They compete at Topshelf Sports in Youngsville for home games. Roller derby has been around since about the 1930s, with a revival happening in the 1970s and again in the 90s. This Wednesday at PieWorks, you can help support our team.
At 6 p.m. May 11, PieWorks at 5423 Johnston St. is hosting a fundraiser for Acadiana Roller Girls. A portion of each sale will benefit the team, whether you eat there or do carry-out. PieWorks is known for fresh, unprocessed toppings for its pizzas with handmade dough. Some of the skaters will be there for the public to meet and get informed on what roller derby and our team.
Roller derby is a sport invented in America. Two teams compete in formation skating style around an oval. One designated person on each team is called a jammer, and the jammer earns points by how many times she surpasses the opposing team. It’s definitely a contact sport and offensive and defensive plays often occur simultaneously. Modern-day roller derby often has a punk or DIY aesthetic to it, with whimsical yet practical outfits and skaters inventing handles based on puns. (Like Duncan Disorderly, as my friend is known in England.) There are referees, announcers and other volunteers who make the games happen. Often a band performs.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.
Philip deMahy Sr., a once respected New Iberia ad exec, was sentenced May 2 to spend the next two years (he faced up to 100 years) in a state penitentiary after state and federal investigators found dozens of images depicting children engaged in lewd sexual acts on his personal computer.