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Written by: Matthew McGuire
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Southern Illinois Roller Girls has been around since June 2009, and continues to pave the way for young women to express themselves in a positive manner. It might be slightly destructive, but positive at the same time.

The team hosted two away teams on Saturday, October 11 at The Pavilion in Marion, Illinois. A traveling team from the Knoxville area, and a team from central Illinois. The SIRDG team may have been feeling the pressure of the double header in the first match, and let it get away at the end.

During the second match, the Hard Knox Derby brought their A game both periods. It shows that this sport can be one sided, and have tough competition. Overall it was an excellent first time watching the home team compete. A good friend describe it as a collision of rugby, third wave feminism and roller skating. He explained to me what and how the third wave has evolved from the first two generations.

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Each match had a unique skill set to watch and understand. I know the last time I put on skates my ankle broke just putting them on, and watching these young women tackle speed on them is inspirational.

The team may have lost each match, but the camaraderie is what makes it special.

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