Roller Girls going off track to start season

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) is rolling off the track to bring the community a night to remember.

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) is rolling off the track to bring the community a night to remember.

RTRG presents Women on Wheels (WOW), a fundraiser held at the Arlington Bar and Grill scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.

“We are asking friends and family to come out and meet the WOW girls and enjoy a nice dinner and dance to ‘Green Avenue,’” said Darelyn Stuart, a new recruit known on the track as DARE U. “We have over $1,000 in prizes that will be given away via draws and silent auction and there will be a lot of door prizes.”

The team is taking this opportunity to raise funds before Season 5 kick starts later this month with a doubleheader set for Mar. 29 at Selkirk College, which will feature RTRG taking on last year’s champs, the Nelson Killjoys.

As RTRG’s new clubhouse, the Big A is donating 10 per cent of food proceeds to the team from the day’s sales.

“We’re excited to have them, we have a pretty good event to happen so I think it should all come together quite well,” said owner Jeff Boag.

The no-cover event is also a chance for the Red Army, as the team is sometimes called, to give back to the community.

Customers will have plenty of opportunities to win prizes throughout the night with door prizes, a 50/50, silent auction and a basket giveaway every half hour.

The band goes live at about 8:30 p.m. but the entertainment value will be high well before that with derby girls leading the pack.

RTRG is part of the West Kootenay Roller Derby League, which also includes Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers, Nelson’s Killjoys, Slocan’s Valley Vendettas and the all-star travel team, the Kootenay Kannibelles.

The amalgamated team, made up of Rossland’s former Gnarlie’s Angels and Trail’s former Bad News Betties, made its mark last season with some nail-biting wins and losses that only further united the team.

RTRG is excited to play our first game of the season with five new skaters on the roster, who bring tons of fresh enthusiasm,” said team captain Angie Makway (aka Makfly).

The Killjoys are daunting even for a veteran team to take on, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and who knows, we might even surprise them.”