Roller Girls: Wilmington's competitive roller derby team

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Roller derby is making a comeback in the Wilmington area, but the modern version isn't anything like the staged matches of the 1970s.

Tammy McKittrick is a mother of three and is a business administrator during the week, but on weekend nights she is a member of the Cape Fear Roller Girls, and all girl roller derby team in Wilmington.

"If you've got some aggression it's a great way to take it out and unwind at the end of the day," said McKittrick.

Somewhere between grace and catastrophe, the roller girls compete several times a year against other cities across the east coast.

Teams score points by advancing their jammer around the pack.  Every person they pass is a point.  It's an aggressive sport and injuries happen often, including broken bones.

About 1,000 people packed the Schwartz Center at Cape Fear Community College Saturday to see the roller girls take on the Atlanta Apocalypstix.

The roller girls didn't come up with the win, they lost a close 98 to 99. The girls next match will be May 23 at the Carolina Beach Recreation Center.

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