Rollers upended by Lady Macs
A high number of penalties proved to be the Rocky View Rollers’ undoing on Saturday night
In their third matchup of the 2013 season, the Rollers squad came out on the losing end of a 222 to 155 decision to the Bow Valley Lady Macs at the Pete Knight Arena in Crossfield.
“That seems to be typical of most contests,” said Sarah Hissett, who competed under the name ‘Hissett Fit.’ “It’s just like in any sport where if you have a lot of penalties, you usually get into trouble.”
After jumping out to an early lead, the Rollers found themselves short-handed on a number of occasions during the later stages of the first half, which allowed the Bow Valley squad to take the lead that they would never relinquish.
“We are all still learning as a team, so to get our first ever win here was great,” said Genevieve Godbout of the Lady Macs, who skates under the name ‘Gen-O-Side.’ “This was the first time that our team was made up entirely of our own players, and we seemed to mesh well together.”
Saturday’s bout was the third of the year for the Rollers, who split a pair of matches with the Medicine Hat Gas City Regulators earlier this season.
The Rollers won their first encounter with the Regulators 133 to 131 in Medicine Hat on March 16, but dropped the rematch at home 213 to 108 on June 8.
Although her team came out on the losing end, Hissett felt that the Rollers’ roster have made a lot of strides in their level of play since their campaign got underway in March.
“The girls amaze me every time that they come out,” she said. “They understand the game more and more, and the progress that they have made from our first game has been outstanding.”
The contest against the Lady Macs was a bittersweet one for Hissett, as Saturday’s match marked the final time that she would be skating with the team.
“I have been skating since 2007, and I helped to start this league up in May of last year,” she said. “So I just felt that it was time to step back and let the other girls represent us.”
At this point, the Rollers’ have no more games scheduled for this year, but there is a possibility that one more may be booked before the end of the season.
In the meantime, the team is currently preparing to play host to the Canadian Women’s Roller Derby Association’s Iron Woman Tournament in Crossfield on Sept. 14-15.
The two-day event will feature six teams from Alberta that will battle against one another at the Pete Knight Arena in Crossfield.
“On the Saturday of the tournament we will have some different rules when it comes to scoring and the number of skaters out on the course compared to what a normal game is like, so that should make things interesting and fun for everyone,” said Stacey Lutes, who skates under the name ‘No Bark.’