Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers will be facing off against the Nelson Killjoys this weekend. The two teams haven’t come face to face in two years and the match looks to be an exciting one.
“Its a big deal to have two home teams competing against each other,” said Amber Harper a.k.a. #33 Pantsoff.
When asked if the Rollers and Killjoys have a rivalry similar to the Rebels and the Leafs, Harper explained, “We really work hard to promote our sport together, so we are more of a sisterhood than a hard-core rivalry. We really try to support each other,” before adding, “But of course, we want to kick their butts.”
Kylie Moran, who was recently recruited to the Team Canada development squad, will be playing in Saturday’s match up. “Anyone who comes will get to see her jamming with us,” said Harper.
Reduced admission for adults and free admission for kids 12 and under is available with a donation to the Community Harvest Food Bank. This is the third time the Rollers have supported the food bank in this manner and Harper explained why, “This is one of those things that is close to our heart — making sure people are fed,” she said. “[The game] is so close to Christmas this year, it just seemed like the right thing to do for us.”
Roller Derby is becoming more popular all the time with players and spectators. The Rollers typically see 300 to 400 people show up for their local games. Harper says to expect, “Hard hits — it’s a fast game. There will be quite a bit of strategy being played with the two teams, being that we have been playing for seven years now.”
The game will be held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Selkirk College Gym in Castlegar. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 6 p.m. Adult tickets are $10 or $5 with a food bank donation. Kids are free with a food bank donation. Tickets are available at the door and there will be BBQ and a beer garden.
The Rollers next appearance will be in January at a ten team tournament in Leavenworth, Wa.