By Abby Lewtas, Avalanche City Roller Girls
Avalanche City Roller Girls travelled to Lethbridge on Saturday to take on the best of Southern Alberta. The top players from Medicine Hat and Lethbridge joined forces to create Southern Alberta’s ‘all star’ team and put the challenge out to the Fernie Roller Girls.
ACRG answered the call! After East Kootenay Roller Derby League shortened their 2013 playing season, ACRG signed up for a number of other bouts with teams across British Columbia and Alberta.
On Saturday ACRG lined up against the best of Southern Alberta. Unsure of the talent and teamwork of this new team, the girls approached the game with determination to win. With a short bench of only nine skaters, ACRG dominated the first half, gaining lead jammer on almost every jam. This meant the Fernie girls racked up the points entering the second half in the lead and in control of the game.
ACRG continued to dominate in the second half. They didn’t let up the entire game, fighting it out until the very end. Despite being short on players ACRG ran away with the game defeating the Southern Alberta all stars 192 to 67.
The win was a huge boost for the team who is only in its second year of competition. Southern Alberta’s coach and team gave credit to the Avalanche City girls remarking how impressed they were with the strength and hard work of the team.
Last week ACRG travelled to Red Deer to play the Belladonnas, ranked in the top 10 of Canada. Despite their loss in this game, ACRG drew experience and lessons from the opportunity to play with one of Canada’s best teams.
ACRG’s next games are closer to home. They face off against Creston in Cranbrook on July 27.
The ladies will finally be back on home turf playing at the Fernie Memorial Arena against Kimberley on Sunday, July 28. It’s a make up game after the original game was cancelled due to the recent floods. Spectators come on out and cheer our Roller Girls on!