Bonnie Thunders, born Nicole Williams, is probably the best player of the world’s fastest-growing sport. Thunders, a jammer and member of New York City’s Gotham Girls Roller Derby, came to the sport in 2006 after spending four years at Syracuse University in competitive synchronized ice skating. Since then, her career has been nothing short of Jordanesque, and she is widely regarded as the most dominant player in the game.
Bout 5 of the West Region Playoffs: Rose City vs Angel City, Photo by Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign. The Angel City Derby Girls (#8), of Los Angeles, had a tough task ahead of them, going up against #1 seed Rose City Rollers, of Portland, Oregon, just hours after a hard-won bout against Wasatch Roller Derby (#9). However, they proved that they were up to the challenge. Final Scores: Rose City Rollers (#1) 194 Angel City Derby Girls (#7) 147
Naptown vs. Ohio battling for 3rd and 4th place at the North Central Region Playoffs, Sept 16, 2012. Naptown clinched the victory for a spot to WFTDA Championships in Atlanta, Nov 2-4. Photo by David Van Deman http://www.dvandeman.com/
Bout 1 of the West Region Playoffs: Wasatch vs Angel City, Photo by Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign. The opening bout of the West Region Playoffs had the fans roaring in Craneway Pavillion as the Angel City Derby Girls (#8), of Los Angeles, fought off a tough challenge from Wasatch Roller Derby (#9), of Salt Lake City, who were making their first ever WFTDA Playoffs appearance. Final Scores: Angel City Derby Girls 172, Wastach Roller Derby 162
Bout 8 of the 2012 West Region Playoffs: Wasatch vs Rat City, Photo by Jules Doyle. Wasatch Roller Derby (#9) brought their fans en masse, and they came toting gigantic face cutouts of the team's players, shouting loud enough to fill the pavilion. The fervor from the crowd carried over the barriers, giving Wasatch the early advantage against Rat City Rollergirls (#6). Final Scores: Rat City Rollergirls (#6) 244 Wasatch Roller Derby (#9) 172