Roller Derby season kicks off

West Kootenay Roller Derby is kicking the 2014 season off with a double header at Selkirk College in Castlegar this Saturday at 5 p.m.

After six months without a hometown derby, the West Kootenay Roller Derby league is kicking the 2014 season off right with a knockout double header at Selkirk College in Castlegar this Saturday at 5 p.m.

In the first bout of the night, the Dam City Rollers take on the temporarily formed Valley Brutality, a combined force of Slocan’s Valley Vendettas and Salmo’s Babes of Brutality.

The Dams have been breaking free of their party-team reputation and are cross training and skating like never before, determined to win the league championship and Golden Boot for Season 5.

Freshly back from a 200-plus point victory in the Okanagan earlier this month, the Nelson Killjoys are on a roll and aren’t going to ease back on the throttle when they face the Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) in Game 2 at 7 p.m. The Killjoys won the Golden Boot last season, and this year have helmets to match.

RTRG, however, has been working hard at developing their new skaters this off-season, and, if league scrimmages are any indication, there is some new talent that the rest of the league best watch out for.

From hard-hitting new skaters to fleet-footed veterans, the Rossland/Trail team has been building momentum since last season and are eager to show the Kootenays what they’ve been working on.

The Killjoys may have finished 2013 on a win, but it means there is a target on their helmets coming into the new season and RTRG are only too happy to take the first shots.

It has been far too long since the West Kootenay region has had a chance to cheer at a hometown showdown, so don’t miss this chance and buy tickets early before they sell out!

Tickets can be purchased at Selkirk College’s book store and Central City Shoes in Castlegar, or online at www.kootenayrollerderby.com Advanced tickets $10 @ the door $15 kids 12 and under $2 – tickets only available online or at the door.