PHOTOS: San Francisco Bay Bombers roller derby team throws down at Kezar Stadium

Most San Franciscans are heavily invested in local sports; in fact, several could probably rattle off Pablo Sandoval’s batting average or how many turnovers Alex Smith averages per game. Far fewer, however, are familiar with at least one local sports team, despite the fact that they are 43 years old.

The San Francisco Bay Bombers roller derby team, founded in 1968, is part competitive athletics, part entertainment.

The Bay Bombers took on the New York Chiefs on Saturday at Kezar Pavilion, attracting fans of all ages, including plenty of first-time spectators.

Although the roller derby teams are co-ed, men and women compete separately. Athletes play a total of eight quarters, with four played entirely by women and four played entirely by men. At the end of the game, the points by the women and men are totaled to choose the winning team.

On this particular night, the Bay Bombers defeated the visiting Chiefs by a final score of 58-53.

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A New York Chiefs player interacts with fans of the opposing team. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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Bombers Ray Robles gets struck in the face by an opponent during their match against the Chiefs. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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Bombers Jessica Edge stays close to her opponent as they roller blade around the track. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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New York Chiefs players wear roller blades with wheels matching the color of their uniforms. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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The Bombers warm-up before the start of the game against the Chiefs. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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Bombers race around the track after knocking down one of their opponents during their match against the New York Chiefs. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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The men in the bombers team wait in the sideline as the women compete. Photo by Erik Verduzco.

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  • My kids and I attend the game and had a blast. My son is 8 years old and that’s around the age I was when my dad took me to see the Bombers for the first time. We can hardly wait for them to return to good old Kezar!

  • Go bombers! We love the team and their coach, Jimmy Fitz!

  • We always have a wonderful time attend the Bombers games. Can’t wait to see them at the Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa this coming weekend!

  • Great photos Erik!