West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby: New-look league seeking recruits

The Gnarlie’s Angels of Rossland and Bad News Betties of Trail have joined forces and are on the lookout for new players.

The Gnarlie’s Angels of Rossland and Bad News Betties of Trail have joined forces and are on the lookout for players for its newly-formed team – the Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG).

Interest tore at the seams last year when West Kootenay Roller Derby was considered the largest league in Canada with seven teams rolling. But the enormity of the league led to much demand for the non-profit that depends on dedicated volunteers, sponsors, players and their supportive families to put on bouts.

The league has now simplified the local sport by fusing together Rossland and Trail into the Rossland Trail Roller Girls and merging the two former Nelson teams under the title of the Kill Joys.

The five-team league is now gearing up for some hard hitting bouts this spring, while the league’s travel team the Kootenay Kannibelles train for nationals.

RTRG, which is also referred to as the Red Army, is currently looking for “fresh meat” (newbies) to fill its roster. All you need is a good attitude and a will to learn.

Women interested in giving it a whirl are encouraged to check out the team in action Sunday at the Trail Armoury, followed by a Fresh Meat and Greet at 7 p.m. Find more info at facebook.com/rtrollergirls.