The Kickin’ Vixens may not have won the scrimmage, but they came out on top for a successful first time hosting a roller derby event in New Glasgow.
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The Kickin’ Vixens and the Riptide Rollers paired up to go against the Tar City Rollers Saturday at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium.
Cape Breton’s Tar City Rollers won 125-72 Saturday against Pictou County’s Kickin’ Vixens and the Annapolis Valley Riptide Rollers.
“We’re very fresh, but we’re pulling it off nicely,” said vice-president of the team, Brenda Jones about the day’s events.
The team has been to matches, but they never had the space to hold one. Jones said the planning for the event was very busy, but they received a lot of help from the Tar City Rollers.
The Highland Derby Dolls were just pleased to play on their home turf and Pictou County was glad to have them.
Approximately 200 fans were in attendance at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium to watch the women skate and score.
For anyone new to the game, it’s a contact sport with two teams of five members each.
One player from each team is designated as the “jammer” or scorer. The object is to lap players of the opposing team. They try to block the jammer from getting around the track.
The action-packed derby marks the end of their bouting season, but they hope this won’t be the last scrimmage.
They’re offering a program in October to teach people everything from how to skate to the specifics of the game.
“We’re hoping with Learn to Skate, we can create another team and scrimmage,” Jones said.
Their season runs from May to September, but they practice all year round.
Jones said the team is quite gracious for all the space the Nova Scotia Community College has offered them in the winter and they’re really hoping to get back in there.
Until then, they’re on the hunt for a new place to go.
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