RTRG host exhibition game in Trail

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) is making its mark in Trail this month with the first live roller derby game at the Cominco Arena.

The Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) is making its mark in Trail history this month with the first ever live roller derby game at the Cominco Arena.

And to promote the June 29 bout, derby girls will be at the Trail Market Friday selling tickets.

Free tickets will be given out to the first 20 people to engage their core and out plank a team representative at the market along the Esplanade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The newly amalgamated team, made up of combined players from the former Gnarlie’s Angels of Rossland and Trail’s Bad News Betties, has only ever dreamed of playing in the Trail arena until now.

The city has now given these women a chance to introduce the sport to Trail, a city that prides itself on being B.C.’s number one sports town.

RTRG has rallied a team from the East Kootenay, the Mountain Town Maulers of Cranbrook, to come play in West Kootenay Roller Derby territory. AM Ford presents Helter Smelter, a separate game from the league’s regular schedule put on by RTRG and supported by team sponsors.

A half time show from Steps Dance Company, a beer garden, 50/50 draw and door prizes round out the night.

Fans are asked to dress to impress, with an RTRG super fan contest awarding those who come decked out in team colours (red, yellow and black) or in a great costume.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with the first whistle blown at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $10 ($2 for kids 12 and under) and can be purchased in Trail at Cedar Avenue Salon, Hall Printing, Gerick Sports and Got Juiced, or in Rossland at the The Red Pair or Got Juiced.

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five roller skating in the same direction around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matches (jams) in which both teams designate a scoring player (the jammer), who scores points by lapping members of the opposing team.

The teams attempt to assist their own jammer whilst hindering the opposing jammer—in effect, playing both offence and defence simultaneously.

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