As 28-year-old Elizabeth Daulton talked about making new friends by playing Roller Derby at Skateland in Columbus, a group of women behind her dumped each other into a pile with a huge thud, while another woman skated past with her alter-ego stamped on her back.
Daulton, a demure-looking attorney for the state Supreme Court, picked a rather interesting place to enhance her social life.
“I had moved to town from Canaan and I hadn’t met anyone or made any friends,” said Daulton, who joined the Columbus Diesel Dolls. “So I heard about this and I came and watched the first practice. I thought it was something I could do.”
It didn’t take long before Daulton morphed into her Derby identity, “Liz Tripper.”
Liz had to get tough in a hurry.
“I thought I could avoid being hit,” she said. “But you can’t do that.”
Today through Wednesday beginning at 6:30 p.m. each day, the Diesel Dollz are looking for a few good women to join their team. If they get enough new players, they will start a second full team in Columbus.
“It takes aggression,” said Lauren McCracken, the team’s secretary of the board of directors. “This is a full-contact sport. If you don’t have the killer instinct, you probably won’t last long.”
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