By Marvin Beatty, Castlegar News
The ladies and hard-working volunteers of the West Kootenay Roller Derby didn’t let a jet fuel spill stop them from entertaining their loyal fans on Saturday, July 27.
The event at Selkirk College was scheduled as a double header between the Valley Vendettas / Nelson Killjoys and the Babes of Brutality / Rossland Trail Roller Girls, but the matchup between the Vendettas and Killjoys was postponed due the Lemon Creek jet fuel spill and subsequent evacuations in the Slocan Valley.
A statement on the WKRD website read: “We would like to offer our support and derby love to our skaters and volunteers who have been affected by the events that have occurred. For those attending tonight’s bout there will be a donation jar available for those who wish to help those who have been misplaced.”
Though the doors opened a bit later, and attendance was understandably down, the Babes and RTRG took to the track and put on their customary solid performances. The Babes ware considered the home team for this bout but the visiting RTRG had a slight lead about ten minutes in.
In the end, though, solid blocks and speedy jams lead the Babes of Brutality to an [unofficial] score of 198 to 167.
Because of the unfortunate scheduling snafu, tickets for the night were stamped for entry into the upcoming bouts on Friday, August 9 which will once again take place at Selkirk College. The Vendettas and RTRG will face each other while Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers will be up against the Killjoys.