Queens of the rink promote league
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”.