(WINDSOR, ON) – If your knowledge of women’s roller derby comes from Saturday morning replays of the LA Thunderbirds and the International Skating Conference, then throw that away and get yourself to one of the Border City Brawlers Roller Derby League bouts at Adie Knox Arena. Last night the BCB rookie team, the Canadian Clubbers, hosted their first match of the season, and the first match for many of the skaters, by welcoming Pulp Affliction of the Orangeville Roller Girls. The second bill on the card saw the BCB All Stars take on the Fergus Feims. Also part of the BCB league, but not playing last night is the Windsor A-Salt.
Flat track roller derby is gaining traction in Windsor as the Brawlers enter their third season. Recently the team gained membership to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, one of just 11 Canadian leagues to do so. Although not yet ranked, and the Clubbers still have a bit of work to do, the Brawlers All Stars looked to be in top form as they dispatched Fergus 147-107, while the Clubbers fell to Orangeville 412-117.
The rulebook for flat track roller derby is about an inch think, but as far as scoring goes, points are earned by the “jammer” (the skater with the star on her helmet) when she passes each opposing player. Those players, called “blockers”, form a pack and attempt to stop the jammer from passing. But it is not like in the days of the ISC. There are legal and illegal methods of blocking the jammers and there are seven referees on the track to make sure there are no infractions.
Tickets to see the Brawlers are just $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Between 200 and 300 usually turn up to watch the determined and fearless females round the track. Good clean family fun that doesn’t break the bank.
The Clubbers next bout is May 10 vs the Hamilton City Harlots and the All Stars travel to Cleveland to take on Burning River on May 17. A well, Windsor A-Salt vists Crow City Roller Girls in Chatham.
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