Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers pose for a group photo in front of — where else? — a dam.

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers pose for a group photo in front of — where else? — a dam.

Derby playoffs begin Saturday in Castlegar

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers defeated Nelson’s Lumber Jackies earlier this month to secure third place in the league standings, sending them to semi-finals next month.

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers defeated Nelson’s Lumber Jackies earlier this month to secure third place in the league standings, sending them to semi-finals next month.

“For us, we’re just super pumped about how we did in the last game,” Kitty Karnage of the Dam City Rollers said. “It could’ve gone either way.”

Karnage said the packed house at Nelson’s Complex went wild as the score stayed fairly tight throughout the game.

“Everybody said it was the best game of the year,” she said. “That was really great. Now we’re just looking ahead to August.”

On Aug. 19, Castlegar will take on Salmo’s Babes of Brutality, who finished in the second slot.

Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels finished the season undefeated. Whoever wins the match between Castlegar and Salmo will play Rossland in the league final.

Castlegar last played Salmo in their first game ever on May 6. Karnage said they’ve come very far since then.

“We’ve been talking about that actually,” she said. “There’s things we didn’t know at the first game that we now know. Some of the strategy things and as a team we’ve become stronger, not just physically but together as a team.”

With a month to prepare for the game, Karnage said they’ll be working hard.

“We just want to keep going,” she said. “If we don’t beat the Babes this year then we’re definitely going to do it next year.”

Karnage said as their inaugural season draws to a close, the team wants to thank all of their supporters, sponsors and fans in Castlegar for making everything possible for them.

The first game of the playoff season will be this Saturday, July 23 at the Castlegar Community Complex.

Nelson’s Lumber Jackies and Killjoys will battle for fourth and fifth. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door and $2 for kids under 10, available at kootenayrollerderby.com or at Phat Angel in Nelson, MountainHigh Lighting in Castlegar, Gerick’s Cycle in Trail, RossVegas in Rossland and West Kootenay Scuba Shop in Salmo.

Castlegar and Salmo will play each other on Aug. 19 at the Rossland Arena.