The Revelstoke Derailers are back in the Forum on Saturday, May 10, for their first bout of the season.
The Derailers will be taking on the Tournament City Derby Dolls (TCDD) team the Wreckers, from Kamloops. Although this is a new opponent for the team, the Derailers faced off against another TCDD team, the Deadlies, last April. In their most physical game yet, the Derailers were defeated by 78 points.
Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door and children under 12 are free. You can get them at Mane Attraction, Society Snow and Skate, Ray’s Butcher Shop, the Powder Springs or from any RRD skater. Bouts have sold out in the past so get your tickets early.
Many of the skaters ski, snowboard, or hit the gym all winter to stay in shape. The most dedicated and talented Derailers spend the off-season commuting to Armstrong to be part of the Thompson Okanagan All Star Team. Kansas Killa and Beatts Senseless recently traveled with the all star team to Spokane, Washington, where they played alongside internationally feared teams that included the Sockit Wenches and Kootenay Kannibelles.
To prepare for this highly anticipated bout, the Derailers have been working with coach Johnny Smooth to beef up their defense and increase their skating speed.
With their largest group of Fresh Meat yet, fans can expect to see a mix of new and returning faces on the track this season. Kerosene Kate is an up and coming jammer who is says she is “ready to fight for every point!”
Also new this season are a few changes to the rules. Derby girls who commit infractions like cutting the track, hitting with the elbows, or tripping, will only be spending 30 seconds in the penalty box. This means more action and closer bout scores.
If you can’t make it out next Saturday, you can also check out the Derailers on June 21 when they take on another new opponent, the East Side Wheelers from Indus; or on July 26 in a rematch with the Sun City Sirens from Kelowna.
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