L-R Jezebrawler and Tricky Boom.

Fans wait for Rollers’ playoff date

Pair of Nelson players profiled

A rested and motivated squad should be ready to face Salmo’s Babes of Brutality in playoff action August 19.

Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers have until then to prepare.

In the meantime it was a pair of Nelson crews facing of on the flat track at Castlegar’s Rec. Centre on July 23.

The Killjoys pooped the Lumber Jackies’ party to the tune of a 173-132 score.

Front and centre for the respective groups were “Jezebrawler” #79 for the ‘joys, aka Whitney Edel.

Jez and here Jackie counterpart “Tricky Boom,” were kind enough to send along a couple of responses to some general questions from the Castlegar New about them and their sport.

“I wanted to get involved in roller derby after attending Mountain Mayhem in the fall of 2010,” wrote Edel. “It looked like they were having so much fun. I also had just recently moved to the Kootenays and thought it would be a great way to meet people. I’ve met so many great people through this sport.

“I don’t play any other sports competitively, but I do enjoy hiking, snowboarding and yoga.

Jez believes the the strength of her team is that they are versatile in the positions they play.

As for “Tricky Boom” of the Lumber Jackies, aka Vilija Surkan, the derby has been a four year episode, to date.

“I first heard of the sport, but didn’t really know what it was all about,” Vilija related.  “Then two years ago, it so happened that I watched the movie, “Whip It” and soon afterwards heard about the Babes of Brutality. I attended their Salmo Slamo, talked to the ladies and then spent way too many months researching gear and eventually got myself organized just as the Nelson roller derby training started up.

“Roller Derby is my main sport,” explained Tricky Boom. “I finally feel like I can use my height as an advantage.”

Watch for information on the Rollers as they get ready to pacify the Babes of Brutality on August 19.


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