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L.A. Derby Dolls take on gay footballers in third annual Broomball Brawl

By Hayley Fox
Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 02:10PM
Albert Domasin

A photo from last year's Broomball Brawl where the Derby Dolls took on the L.A. Fire Department.

The third annual "Downtown on Ice Broomball Brawl" is a sporting event in the true spirit of Los Angeles' incredible diversity as the tough-as-nails women of the Derby Dolls challenge the L.A. Flag Football League - a group made up of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender(GLBT) football players.

Starting at 7:00pm tonight at the Pershing Square outdoor ice rink, the match is free, and the only real rules are no “checking, blocking or hitting.”

Last year, the Derby Dolls took on the defending champions at Los Angeles Fire Department.

Broomball is similar to hockey in many ways, but with less fancy equipment. Players wield brooms and wear sneakers and helmets.

After the game, participants plan to make their way over to The Perch, a self-described "whimsical French inspired inclusive rooftop bistro" that has fire pits, live music, and lounge and table seating.

The Dolls were founded in 2003 by Rebecca Ninburg (a.k.a.Demolicious) and Wendy Templeton (a.k.a. Thora Zeen). The female roller derby league now includes incredibly athletic and insanely strong 150 skaters.

The L.A. Flag Football league was initially created to help eliminate discrimination towards GLBT people and help foster athletic ability and skills. The league also partners with local and national sports clubs to increase visibility for GLBT athletes and competitions.

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