Avalanche City hit the ground rolling

The Avalance City Roller Girls started the 2013 season off with a win against Cranbrook’s Mountain Town Maulers.

The Avalance City Roller Girls started the 2013 season off with a win against Cranbrook’s Mountain Town Maulers on Saturday.

The Avalance City Roller Girls started the 2013 season off with a win against Cranbrook’s Mountain Town Maulers on Saturday.

The Avalanche City Roller Girls stormed their way to a victory over Cranbrook’s Mountain Town Maulers at the East Kootenay Roller Derby League’s season opener over the weekend. The girls demolished the Maulers with a final score of 276 to 83.

Avalanche City proved they put in their time practising and recruiting this winter, with a larger and stronger team ready to take on the 2013 season.

“Last year we faced the Maulers with a small team of eight players, this year we have doubled in numbers and played with a full roster of 14,” said Captain Jacqueline Fieldhouse, aka Crack Her Jax. “This shows the strength and dedication of our team.”

The bombsQUAD, Fernie’s own junior roller derby team, also stepped up to play in their first ever game on Saturday. The young team showed determination, putting up a fight against Central Alberta’s Misfit Toys. It was a tough battle against Central Alberta’s strong team of experienced skaters, and the bombsQUAD gave up the win to the Toys, with a final score of 215 to 98. They may not have finished victorious, but the young bombsQUAD team ensured that fun was the aim of the game.

Kimberley’s Barbarian Bavarians shut down the league’s newest team, Creston’s Black Eyed Cherries. In perhaps the most exciting game of the weekend, the Bavarians took the win, with a score of 131 over the Cherries’ 112.

The Avalanche City girls are off to Creston next weekend to face the Black Eyed Cherries, ahead of their next league match on June 1. Round two is set to be a thriller in Kimberley, where Fernie will take on Killer Rollbots, last year’s league champions.