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Derby girls gain valuable experience at home bout

Over the weekend, the Pomeroy Sport Centre was home to a royal rumble on roller skates. On Saturday, July 7, the Energetic City Roller Derby Association held their final home bout of the season against the Grande Prairie Rage N Fyre, unfortunately losing to the visiting squad by a score of 200-64.

It was an impressive first half by the less experienced Energetic City Derby girls, who came out strong, keeping pace with Grande Prairie on the score board, as well as matching their physicality with some bone crushing, high speed hits.

Following a back-and-forth first half, Grande Prairie led the home team by a score of 66-42, which was a significant improvement from the last time these two teams met, when Grande Prairie led 168-34 after the first half.

It was the visiting team’s experience that took over in the second half, as Grande Prairie jumped to an 81-42 lead only five minutes into the second.

It would be this quick start to the second half that Fort St. John head coach Ashley Large felt was a turning point in the game.

“They scored a bunch of points in the first half of the second half. They got us off our game. I had to take a timeout and calm our girls down. The biggest thing too is Grande Prairie is very strong, very experienced. So even when we get an upper hand, they know how to counter.”

Grande Prairie’s experience kept their team rolling throughout the second half as they continued to put points on the board, while also displaying some very tough defense.

By the conclusion of the game, the scoreboard favoured the Grande Prairie Rage N Fyre 200-64.

Despite the lop sided score, coach Large believes these type of results can only benefit his team, who is still relatively new to the sport of roller derby.

“This is the best thing for us. We play a team that whoops us, you get better. You whoop a team and you may not learn as much.”

Every minute of competition adds more experience to the team of new competitors, some of whom were playing in their first bout.

Unfortunately, the team will not have any more opportunities to showcase their skills on home court, but will hit the road for some more matches. The girls will now circle their calendar for July 21, when they head into central Alberta for their next bout.

For more information on the Energetic City Roller Derby Association, visit the team’s Facebook page.

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