It’s roller derby sea­son

Tar City Rollers host Fred­er­ic­ton in sea­son opener in New Water­ford

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­

Cape Bre­ton’s only women’s roller derby team will hit the con­crete for their sea­son opener tonight.

The Tar City Rollers will be­gin their 2017 sea­son by host­ing the Port­side Pi­rates of Fred­er­ic­tion at 6:30 p.m. at the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, a venue the team will call home for the sea­son.

Stephanie MacPhee, a player and head of pub­lic re­la­tions for the Rollers team, said the club is look­ing for­ward to start­ing the year off strong.

“We prac­tised all win­ter to pre­pare for this and it’s go­ing to be re­ally fun and re­ally in­tense,” she said. “Roller derby here in Cape Bre­ton, I be­lieve it is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant be­cause it’s very em­pow­er­ing to women and I think in this area women need that.”

The team was in formed in 2011 af­ter the idea was brought

up by Denise Dil­ney, a Cape Bre­toner who had been work­ing in Western Canada and par­tic­i­pated in the sport dur­ing that time. The club fea­tures women be­tween the ages of 20-45 from across the is­land.

Roller derby is a con­tact sport played by two teams of five mem­bers roller-skat­ing in the same di­rec­tion, counter-clock­wise, around an oval track. The game con­sists of a se­ries of short matchups known as “jams” in which both teams des­ig­nate a “jam­mer” who scores points by lap­ping mem­bers of the op­pos­ing


“When it comes to sports, es­pe­cially in Cape Bre­ton, once you are out of high school there is very lit­tle op­por­tu­ni­ties for women to play sports,” said MacPhee about why the team was started up. “If they didn’t play tra­di­tional sports grow­ing up, such as hockey or soc­cer, for ex­am­ple, their op­tions for play­ing sports and be­ing ac­tive in group set­tings is very lim­ited.”

Doors open for the roller derby at 5:30 p.m., fol­lowed by the game an hour later. Ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion.

MacPhee en­cour­ages res­i­dents to sup­port the team through­out the sea­son.

“Whether you’re a reg­u­lar sports fans or not, come watch a strong group of lo­cal women give every­thing they have to make Cape Bre­ton proud,” said MacPhee. “These are your moms, your sis­ters, your co­work­ers, and they need your sup­port.”

Fol­low­ing tonight’s game, the Tar City Rollers will con­tinue their sea­son on May 27 when they host the Twisted Sis­ters team at 6:30 p.m. at the New Water­ford and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. The team will also host the Moon­shine Maid­ens at the Emera Cen­tre in North Syd­ney on June 24. Game time to be an­nounced.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Tar City Rollers, visit the team’s web­site or Face­book page by search­ing Cape Bre­ton Roller Derby.

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