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Rebelles suffer first loss of 2014 roller derby season

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Bev ‘Hockey Beat’n’ Smith, left, of the Rocky View Rebelles went head to head with ‘Non-Stick Pam’ of the Thrashin’ Lassies during a roller derby bout in Calgary on August 16.
Bev ‘Hockey Beat’n’ Smith, left, of the Rocky View Rebelles went head to head with ‘Non-Stick Pam’ of the Thrashin’ Lassies during a roller derby bout in Calgary on August 16.
Lucas Punkari/Rocky View Publishing

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The Rocky View Rebelles bid to have a perfect roller derby season came to a screeching halt in Calgary on August 16 at the Triwood Arena.

The Rebelles, who entered the bout with a 2-0 record, were dominated by the Thrashin’ Lassies from Calgary as they came out on the losing end of a 300-81 score.

“We were expecting this would be a tough bout for the girls,” Rebelles Coach Tania ‘Mamasita’ Martinez said. “The league in Calgary has been going for about eight years now and they have a lot more experienced skaters than we do, plus they are able to practice a lot more often than we can.”

“However, the girls did a lot of things really well or better than I expected,” she added. “They were up against skaters who are part of the CRDA (Calgary Roller Derby Association) All-Stars team, and they were able to shut them down and also break through their walls to get points.”

After winning matchups over the Okotoks’ based Damnsels of Distress on May 10 in Okotoks and June 14 in Crossfield, the Rebelles were not scheduled to have another bout until Sept. 6 in Crossfield against the Deathbridge Derby Dames of Lethbridge.

But when the Lady Macs roller derby team from Fort McMurray were unable to take part in the bout against the Thrashin’ Lassies, the Rebelles jumped right in to fill the vacancy.

“We played this Thrashin’ Lassies team two years ago in a scrimmage when our club was starting out, and there is a major difference from how we did then to what we did now, even though we lost,” Rebelles Skater Bev ‘Hockey Beat’n’ Smith said.

“This was a learning experience for us, and I think we were a little bit intimated early on by the speed of the game,” she added. “But once we took a breath and slowed things down, we were able to tighten up our defence and break through for points on offence.”

Next up for the Rebelles is its second home bout of the 2014 season on Sept. 6, as the team will take on the Deathbridge Derby Dames at the Pete Knight Arena in Crossfield at 5 p.m.

“We practice in Crossfield during the summer when the ice is out at the arena, so it will be great to play on our home rink and in front of local supporters once again,” Smith said.

“The biggest thing we are going to take away from this game is to keep the pace of the game at a slower speed,” she added. “Since this bout was a fast one, it was hard to keep our walls tight at times on defence. But we should be able to hopefully keep that part of our game in check against the Derby Dames.”


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