Roller derby is sometimes described as playing speed chess on wheels while someone throws bricks at your head. Team Montana made a splash at the national all-star tournament last year and is preparing to exceed expectations once again.
At the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman, the Haynes Pavilion fills up with roller derby fans. A woman with bright blue hair, a professor in a zip-up sweater and some guys in plaid all sit in the same bleacher section.
They’re here to watch Gallatin Roller Derby compete against Helena’s Helz Belles.