Red­neck Bet­ties edge Mav­er­icks in home de­but

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The host Red­neck Bet­ties roller derby team moved to 2-0 on the sea­son with a 236-209 win over the Mid­west Mav­er­icks Satur­day in a game that was in doubt most of the way. The Ra Ra Ri­ots opened the day with a ju­nior bout against the Pi­lot Lights and won 276-247.

“It’s an awe­some start,” said coach Vic Vega. “This was a real chal­lenge in both games. Most of the game was within 10-15 points for both the ju­nior and se­niors, so I think the crowd got a real treat tonight. It was good to see the girls come out and show char­ac­ter be­cause last week was too easy, well not too easy, but we were win­ning and it was never in doubt, whereas this game you never knew. Half­time we were up by 20 points with two min­utes left to go and now we are down by 20 points, it can turn that fast. It was nice to see the girls stick to it and play hard.”

It was the home de­but for the Red­neck Bet­ties to open their sev­enth sea­son. New­comer Sla­ma­zo­nian was named the Bet­ties’ Best Blocker, while vet­eran Pix­e­lated was the team’s Top Jam­mer.

“We have been work­ing on some dif­fer­ent block­ing tech­niques again,” ex­plained Vic Vega. “This game is chang­ing ev­ery year, they are chang­ing the rules, they are chang­ing what you can do. We have been bustin’ our butts to get ahead of the curve. The girls did it tonight and that was the dif­fer­ence. Be­ing able to hold back their jam­mers, be­cause they were fan­tas­tic out there, draw­ing them into penal­ties, be­cause we were do­ing the right things and all they could do was take a penalty. So it re­ally helped us to get our power jams go­ing, our spe­cial teams was awe­some, so I was happy to see that.”

The Bet­ties ros­ter, which was rather in­ex­pe­ri­enced last sea­son, has been bol­stered by the re­turn of some vet­eran play­ers.

“It’s nice to have them back. Moose Jaw’s league folded up so now we have three girls from there com­ing down. So now we have a lot big­ger league now. We are back to hav­ing more play­ers than we can ac­tu­ally play, which is a good prob­lem. It is re­ally nice to see how they are com­ing to­gether and we are look­ing re­ally strong,” ex­plained Vic Vega.

The Red­neck Bet­ties are look­ing for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in a ma­jor Western Cana­dian tour­na­ment in Cal­gary that they have been try­ing to get to for many sea­sons. “See­ing what we are work­ing on is re­ally ex­cit­ing now that we can take it there and see how it works against some re­ally high level teams.”

The Red­neck Bet­ties will also have a re­match against the Mav­er­icks in five weeks.

Both the Red­neck Bet­ties and Ra Ra Ri­ots will host bouts on May 20. The Bet­ties will face a team from Medicine Hat in a coed game. “It is go­ing to be some­thing dif­fer­ent, some­thing the fans haven’t re­ally seen here. Ev­ery­body thinks ‘oh they shouldn’t have men play­ing against women.’ The women hit way harder than the men do. Men like to po­si­tion­ally block, get low, hold you up, where the women come in and lay you out. It is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to see how that works,” added Vic Vega, who is a mem­ber of the Medicine Hat coed team so he could be in uni­form against the team he coaches.

“The men’s game has re­ally taken off in the last cou­ple years and is start­ing to grow. Ju­nior games are all coed, there is no mens or ladies, it is all coed. They are start­ing to come through and de­velop and all of a sud­den you are start­ing to see some male play­ers that are do­ing re­ally well out there. It will be fun to see what hap­pens.”

Vega is also ex­cited about the Ra Ra Ri­ots, who now have 22 play­ers on their ros­ter. “See­ing what they did tonight was way higher level than we have ever seen. I am look­ing at the Bet­ties four of five years from now and it is pretty ex­cit­ing. It has been a great year. We had a lit­tle bit of a re­build last year and now we are back in a po­si­tion where we are re­ally com­fort­able and hav­ing a blast out there.”

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

The Ra Ra Ri­ots’ Dude B Rollin’ (left) blocked the Gas City Pi­lot Lights’ Hawabunga off the track dur­ing a 276-247 win over the Pi­lot Lights in their first home game of the sea­son.

STEVEN MAH/SOUTH­WEST BOOSTER

Red­neck Bet­ties Jam­mer Pix­e­lated (left) tried to fight her way past three Mid­west Mav­er­icks dur­ing a 236-209 win Satur­day.

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