Portland's Roller Derby League is hosting the Western Regional Playoffs this weekend.

 The Women's Flat Track Derby Association now includes 124 teams. Ten of them - including the Rose City Rollers - are mixing  at Portland's Memorial Coliseum for the regional title.  Only three teams can advance to the National Championships in Denver.  

The players' dedication extends to early mornings, when the derby equivalent of a pick-up game drew several dozen women - and men - to a practice rink in Southeast Portland. Clubs as close as Eugene and as distant as Florida were represented.

Megan Moffat rolls with Portland's Heartless Heathers under the name Frenchie. As part of the training committee, she says early days of derby revival gave rise to a highly skilled group of skaters.   

"We focus more and more on the sport aspect of it," Moffat says. "There's a big difference between somebody that's skating because of the athleticism and somebody who's skating to wear fishnets." 

A separate league for men's roller derby played its debut bout in Eugene last month.

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