Janice 'Tank' Roberge of the Revelstoke Derailers breaks away from the pack.

Janice 'Tank' Roberge of the Revelstoke Derailers breaks away from the pack.

Rusty Revelstoke Derailers lose in Armstrong derby bout

The Revelstoke Derailers fell 221-208 to the Candy Strykers at a derby bout in Armstrong on Saturday.

By Stephanie Ells, Revelstoke Roller Derby

The Revelstoke Derailers were back in action Saturday night, taking to the floor against the Candy Strykers at the Hassen Arena in Armstrong, B.C.

The Revelstoke Derailers were apprehensive coming into the game. Their last on-skates practice was in early August and most of the team had not been on their skates since then.

Despite their best efforts, the team’s only option for on-skates practice is the Hassen Arena in Armstrong. Unfortunately, this would mean taking funds raised locally and spending them out of town.

To get their heads back in the game the team held a series of rules and strategy meetings. On game day the girls were very excited to be back together as a team.

The Candy Strykers are Okanagan-Shuswap Roller Derby’s house team and a very good match for the Derailers. Many of the Strykers we’re familiar faces from informal scrimmages and roller derby boot camps.

The game started with strong strategy and hard hits from both teams. The Derailers played like they had never stopped practicing and really came together as a team. The score stayed close and the audience was on the edge of their seats. The hits kept coming, the blocking was tight and the jammers we’re racing around the track. The final score was 221 – 208 for the Candy Strykers.

In derby terms, this was a very close game. We definitely exceeded everyones expectations. The Derailers can’t wait to face off against the Candy Strykers again soon.