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Trouble will roll into Tillamook this Saturday, Dec. 8, as the Tillamook Coast Derby Dames host their inaugural roller derby bout, facing off against the Hood River Alter Egos.

For those unfamiliar with this all-action spectacle, the Dames will start the evening with a Roller Derby 101 lesson.

Roller derby has changed quite a bit since the 1970s, when it thrilled audiences with dramatic rivalries and no-holds-bar brawling — most of which was choreographed. Now the sport is played on a flat track; and while the theatrics of the game have been nixed, it is still a full-contact sport with lots of hitting and action packed into two-minute jams.

Each team will have two minutes or less to get their jammer (the scoring player with the star on her helmet) through the pack of competing players and around the track so she can start scoring points on every opposing blocker she passes. The team with the most points at the end of the night wins.

The bout will take place at Tillamook High School, 2605 12th Street, with doors opening at 4:30 pm and the action starting at 5 pm.

Advance tickets are available for $10 at the Tillamook Chamber office at 208 Main Avenue, the Nehalem Bay Wastewater Agency or online at

Admission is $12 on the door. Derby Dames merchandise will be available to buy and the team will be available to chat with any potential new recruits.

For more information, go to or find the Tillamook Coast Derby Dames fan page on Facebook.

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