The junior derby rolled into Brandon for the first time on Saturday evening.
The Wheat City Roller Derby League’s new junior team, the Frostbite, played its inaugural game, against the Bubblegum Girls from Whitewood, Sask.
"It was definitely a different experience than practice," said 16-year-old Frostbite player Alexandra Rudolph. "They have a couple years more experience than we do."
Roller derby is a lesser known sport in Brandon. The senior team, Gang Green, is in its third official season.
Roller derby is played with five players from each team on the track. Eight players make up the pack that tries to stop the jammers from making it past the pack to get points.
Most of the Frostbite players have only been practising roller derby since the start of the year. But their 299-45 loss to the more experienced team didn’t get the girls discouraged.
"It makes me want to work harder," Arynn Woytkiw, 15, said. "Next year we will be back and we will be tougher."
Senior and junior derby players agreed that having some type of skating background — hockey or figure skating — helped when starting to play roller derby.
Woytkiw had been figure skating for six years before starting derby.
"The skating is almost exactly the same, but now I’m allowed to push people," she said.
Senior player Dawn Dolloff was also a figure skater before she joined roller derby. Her passion for the sport was quick to grow once she got started.
"The passion and the love for it has really made us find ways to keep playing," Dolloff said.
Gang Green and Frostbite practise at CFB Shilo. Unfortunately, finding a location in Brandon for roller derby has been difficult.
Saturday night was the first time Gang Green had played a game in Brandon.
"It is really exciting to be playing in Brandon," Dolloff said. "There was a really good crowd and they brought a lot of energy."
The team was pumped to beat the only team it lost to last season — the Whitewood Ringleader Roller Girls — by a score of 326-114.
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