Queens of the rink pro­mote league

Moose Jaw Express.com - - Front Page - By Kevin Den­ni­son For Moose Jaw Ex­press

It has been a busy month for Moose Jaw’s Lil Chicago Roller Derby league (LCRD) and there ap­pears to be no sign of it slow­ing down. Just a few weeks ago the LCRD’s house team, the Jaw Break­ers, trav­elled to Cana­dian Forces Base Shilo, lo­cated 35 km east of Bran­don where the team played against Gang Green of the Wheat City Roller Derby league (WCRDL). While the com­pe­ti­tion was fierce, the Jaw Break­ers de­feated Gang Green by a score of 239 to 112. But the com­pe­ti­tion be­tween th­ese two leagues doesn’t end there. On Aug. 25 Gang Green will try to even the score when the team comes to the Hill­crest Sports Cen­tre in Moose Jaw for a re­match. Com­ing off of this first big win of the sea­son, the Jaw Break­ers hoped to keep up mo­men­tum in the June 16 Sum­mer Slam bout against Ro­canville’s Ga­p­land Rollers. It was a close game but Ga­p­land was able to squeak ahead with a strong 29 point jam mid­way through the first pe­riod which led to them beat­ing the Jaw Break­ers 186 to 136. “Con­sid­er­ing we didn’t quite come out on top, we still played re­ally well,” said Melisa Law­son, aka Mys­tique and De­stroy, of the Jaw Break­ers. “They may have had more points on the board when all was said and done but we felt and looked like we had control over most of the game. We had a lit­tle more strat­egy in our back pock­ets than they did but we got into some penalty trou­ble early on in the first half that we didn’t fully re­cover from. “Ev­ery time we hit that track we im­prove and get bet­ter. We are con­stantly prac­tic­ing and work­ing hard to en­sure we are even more prepared than the last game.” Also worth men­tion­ing is the re­turn of Lana Ger­brandIs­ley, aka Nail and Slam-her, to the Jaw Breaker ros­ter. Ger­brand-Is­ley played with the LCRD for most of 2010 and 2011 but took time off to fo­cus on school and work. The Sum­mer Slam game was her first time back on her quad skates com­pet­ing and now that she’s got­ten a taste for derby again she can’t wait un­til her next game. “There is not even a word or phrase ap­pro­pri­ate enough to de­scribe the joy of skat­ing again,” said Ger­brandIs­ley. “It felt like I had never left and it was amaz­ing to com­pete with such an awe­some group of ladies. It was an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence and re­minds me of why I love skat­ing with this group so much. Their hard work, ded­i­ca­tion, and smash­ing per­son­al­i­ties make each bout a new ex­pe­ri­ence. I can­not wait for our next one.” Out­side of tear­ing up the flat track, the LCRD has also been ap­pear­ing all over the city pro­mot­ing the sport of women’s flat track roller derby while look­ing for more skaters, ref­er­ees, and vol­un­teers to sign up with the league. Team mem­bers took to the streets of Moose Jaw for the Home­town Fair Pa­rade and fol­lowed that by ap­pear­ing at the Home­town Fair to hand out re­cruit­ment fly­ers as they in­ter­acted with lo­cals. The Jaw Break­ers will be back on the track at the Hill­crest Sports Cen­tre Satur­day, July 7 for a Side­walk Daze event. The Break­ers will be fac­ing Swift Cur­rent’s Red­neck Bet­ties in what will surely be an epic com­pe­ti­tion. Ad­vance tickets are on sale at Inessense (lo­cated in the Town ‘N’ Coun­try Mall) and at Be­witched Hair Sa­lon (lo­cated in Build­ing 80 of Bushell Park at 15 Wing). You can also pur­chase them from any of your fa­vorite derby girls and they will be made avail­able on­line at a later date. A por­tion of the pro­ceeds earned at the event will go to the mul­ti­cul­tural Cen­tre. For more in­for­ma­tion on up­com­ing games or to get in­volved with the league visit its web­site at www. mjderby.ca. You can also con­nect with the league on Face­book by search­ing “Lil Chicago Roller Derby Fan Page”.

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