Trail roller girls take in Smokies game

The newly formed Rossland Trail Roller Girls will make their first appearance in Trail on Saturday at the Smokies game.

The newly formed Rossland Trail Roller Girls will make their first appearance in Trail on Saturday at the Trail Memorial Centre during the Trail Smoke Eaters game.

The puck drops at 7:30 p.m., but the local roller derby team will be geared up when the doors open at 6:45, displaying their new team logo and creating awareness of what is arguably, the fastest growing women’s sport in the world.

The Rossland Trail team is comprised of the former Gnarlie’s Angels from Rossland and the Bad News Betties from Trail.

The team plays in the West Kootenay Roller Derby League, competing against Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, the Killjoys from Nelson, the Valley Vendettas from Slocan and Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers.

Roller Derby is a full contact women’s sport played by two teams of five, roller skating around an oval track. Each game or “bout” is divided into 2 minute segments in which each team selects a “jammer”, whose role is to score points by passing members of the opposition.

Playing offense and defence simultaneously, the remaining players on the track try help their jammer through the pack while preventing the opposing jammer from scoring.

Modern Roller Derby is honest, hard hitting action, making it a fully legitimate sport under consideration for the 2020 Olympics.

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls season opener is on Apr. 13 at the Rossland Arena against the Nelson KillJoys. Go to facebook.com/rtrollergirls to stay up-to-date on the action.