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New Roller Derby Team Hits the Banked Track in L.A. Tonight

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Tonight, the L.A. Derby Dolls expand their all-female roller derby league with the debut of a new team called the Varsity Brawlers, who will pair up against formidable veterans in the Fight Crew. (Pump up video)

Fight Crew, who have been hampered by injuries all season, are after redemption and will look to haze the freshmen and end their winless season on a sky-high note. Varsity Brawlers are new faces in the league but have solid, veteran leadership in Juana Beat'n and Long Island Lolita. The newly formed team has been preparing for this debut in the background for many months. What the Brawlers lack in competitive experience, they make up for with enthusiasm and determination.

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Since moving to Historic Filipinotown in 2008, the Derby Dolls have sold out every regular season game. Derby Doll events also include live bands at pre-game and half-time. A Vendor Villiage features local merchants and artists selling unique creations, custom clothing and jewelry. The Doll Factory is located at 1910 N. Temple Ave. (map). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. General admission (standing) tickets are available at the door for $20, VIP (bleacher) tickets are $40.