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Courtesy Rick Odell
The grim girls of Strong Island Derby will play an inter-squad “civil war” Sept. 29. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warriors.

AB: I’m currently the head of coaching and a team captain. That means I’m in charge of skill development for our skaters. I make sure there are coaches at practices. I train veteran skaters and also set up drills for newer skaters. I try to make sure people don’t get killed.

BH: Do people get killed?

AB: Injuries are part of the sport. I tore my meniscus. We’re whipping and jamming around out there and things happen. One of the women who plays with us shattered her ankle and she came back to play again. Like I said, it’s an addictive sport. We always make a huge deal when someone comes back.

BH: In addition to your coaching role, what do you do for the team?

AB: I try to be an all-around player, to do whatever the team needs at a given time. I’m typically a pivot, but I can also block or jam.

BH: You’re also a martial artist, are you not?

AB: I am. I’ve studied tae kwon do and Shotokan karate. I’m a brown belt.

BH: Do you do anything that doesn’t involve grotesque bodily harm?

AB: Of course. I run a book club in Baldwin. There are about 20 of us, and we meet all over town at neighbors’ houses. We try to read books about important subjects. We recently read a book about World War II and we had a very intense discussion.

BH: Tell us about your upcoming bout.

AB: We’re playing on Sept. 29 at the Sports Arena in St. James. Our team is splitting into two rival squads for one night only, so we’ll be taking on our sisters for the first time. Also, because Long Island has such a strong tradition of women in aviation, we started our league with a military theme. A portion of the proceeds from the bout on the 29th will go to benefit the Wounded Warriors.

BH: Anything else we should know about you?

AB: I can quote old-school rap lyrics from memory.

BH: Really? Finish this lyric: I came in the door/I said it before …

AB: I never let the mic magnetize me no more?

BH: Nailed it.


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