TRENTON – Two years after the Kickin’ Vixens were just starting out and getting their bearings on roller skates, they’re hosting their first official bout this weekend at home.
They hosted an event at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in 2013, but it was only a scrimmage. After multiple learn to skate programs and lots of training, this summer has been their first season of bouts.
After opening with a loss to the Tar City Rollers, Pictou County’s Kickin’ Vixens won their next two bouts, both against the Valley Avengers. Most recently they won 421-266 against the Avengers on Aug. 9 in Dartmouth.
“We’re stoked about hosting our first bout here at home,” said Brenda Jones, better known as ‘VooDoo McQ’ on the track. “It’s the first official one we’re doing on our own. Unfortunately we don’t have that many refs right now, so they’re all coming in from other places. Until we get more refs we can’t do too many home bouts, but people keep asking for one so it will be nice to have this one for our fans.”
The doors open on Saturday, Aug. 16 at 1:30 p.m. with the bout against the Tar City Rollers (Cape Breton) starting at 2 p.m. at the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre.
Admission is $5 for adults, while kids get in for free. They will also be accepting food bank donations for entries in their prize draw.
There will also be a licensed area upstairs for those 19 and over, but if you want to be near the action, trackside, bring a lawn chair.
“The bout we attended in Dartmouth this past weekend was the most attended bout I’ve been to,” said Jones. “It was Halifax against Halifax and then us against the Valley. Hopefully this weekend we’ll pack people into the Trenton rink and have a similar crowd. When we went to the Valley they hated us and were booing and screaming the whole time. We felt like we were doing our job because they didn’t like us. This weekend we’ll enjoy having our hometown fans on our side.”
According to Jones another major reason they are able to hold the event in Pictou County has been the support of the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre. She said they helped lay the track and have made their practices possible, giving them the space as they need it.
On the track she said their success can partially be attributed to help from their coach “Hurry.”
“We have a bunch of committed girls that are committed to travelling to our bouts and putting in the time to get better,” said Jones. “Everyone is giving it their all. Throughout the offseason we were all going to scrimmages and training to improve our strategy. For the last year and a half we have also had a new coach, Hurry, from Texas. Saturday will be our last game with her because she is going back to the States. We really can’t thank her enough because she has been so tremendous to us and helped us out so much.”
After this weekend the Pictou County squad will have two more bouts to finish up the season.
On Sept. 13 they will be in P.E.I. to face the Moonshine Maidens before visiting Fredericton, N.B. on Sept. 20 for their bout against Bazooka Janes.
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