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Photo Essay: Tough Cookies Topple Fight Crew at LA Derby Dolls' Season Opener

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The Tough Cookies' Venus d'Maulr / All photos by Kelly C. Gallamore for LAist

While much of LA stayed home watching movies Saturday night, the real action was in Historic Filipinotown, where a sold out crowd of 2,000+ ventured out into a meteorological maelstrom to watch the L.A. Derby Dolls season-opening bout.

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The Tough Cookies dominated each quarter to knock off the Fight Crew 35-28 in the new Doll Factory, a converted 30,000 sq. ft. former ice cream cone factory, which is far more spacious and comfortable than the former Doll House in Little Tokyo.

Banked track roller derby is fast and recklessly exciting, with each jam lasting only 60 seconds. Both sides dealt some heavy blows resulting in minor injuries but The Tough Cookies held on despite the ejection of speedy jammer Gori Spelling in the 4th quarter.

There are more local Derby Dolls events to come this Spring season, the next on Feb. 16. More info at the Derby Dolls' website.