Local roller derby squad has over 200 people attend bout in Trenton
TRENTON – The Kickin’ Vixens are on a roll.
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On Saturday afternoon the Kickin’ Vixens hosted their first bout at home against Tar City Rollers at the Trenton Minor Sports Centre. The Vixens won the bout 281-223.
Pictou County’s roller derby team has won three straight bouts after Saturday’s 281-223 victory over the Tar City Rollers at the Trenton Minor Sports Centre.
“We started out with a loss (to the Tar City Rollers), so after that, looking at the roster for the season, this was the game that we really wanted to win since we lost to them in our season opener,” said Brenda Jones (VooDoo McQ). “We were determined to win this game.”
The only lead change came in the first half. Three minutes after the Tar City Rollers went ahead 38-17, the Kickin’ Vixens turned things around to lead 62-40. At halftime they led 141-112.
With 17 minutes remaining in the bout Cape Breton moved to within seven, but that was as close as they would get to the Kickin’ Vixens, who won their first bout at home, 281-223.
Dominio KarVee was the Vixens most valuable blocker of the bout, while D.C. Comicazi was their most valuable jammer. Cape Breton’s honours went to Titanium Tankdown as their most valuable blocker and Kiki Devious as their most valuable jammer.
“There were several reasons we won this game after losing to them to start the season,” said Jones. “We came into that first one of the bouting season in Moncton a little nervous and it was unfamiliar territory. We were also missing one of our jammers that night. She’s a great asset and we had her in our game yesterday, which made a big difference. Since that loss we have also been working our butts off with strategy to play smarter.”
Jones said over 200 people of all ages were in attendance for their first bout in Pictou County. They weren’t certain what sort of numbers to expect, but knew there would be strong support at home.
“It was amazing to be at home,” she said. “We had a lot of help volunteer wise, so we knew we were being supported by the community, but didn’t know how big it would be. When we came out and saw a full house we were very impressed and very happy, especially since most people don’t know much about roller derby.”
Looking ahead to the future she said they now know they can pull off a bout at home, so they hope it becomes a regular thing. A problem will be referees, as one came from Cape Breton and five from Halifax for Saturday’s bout.
“That’s our goal for next year is to get more of our own referees,” said Jones. “That was a huge supportive move by them to travel here for us, but we want to have our own so we don’t have to ask for so much help.”
With files from Richard Lafortune.
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