Derby adds variety to Gibbons Pioneer Days

by Morinville News Staff

IMG_1749-2The Sturgeon County Junior Roller Derby Association was excited about holding their first junior invitational after two years in the sport. Junior skaters were invited to join SCJRDA for a double header Invitational that mixed Level 1 and 2 skaters in the first bout, followed by the harder-hitting Level 3s. The event was hosted by the Town of Gibbons Saturday, coinciding with the community’s Annual Pioneer Days Town Festival.

Association President Terri-Ann Waschlik said she was pleased with the results. “We are very happy with how it went,” she said. “We had a great community turn-out, including MLA Colin Piquette. The Town of Gibbons were wonderful and generous partners to work with, but most importantly we had an opportunity to educate people about Roller Derby and our league. It was a complete success and next year we will back bigger and better.”

The event pooled all talent into two teams – white and black. The first game, a mixed contest of Level 1s and 2s, saw Black take White with a score of 297-221. The second game for Level 3/rookie adults saw Black take White 201-166.
Waschlik said the second game teams played short with only seven players per bench. “It was ended by the referees early in the second half because too many players left with injuries, and we were left with only five [players] per bench.”

Saturday’s event drew players from across the province, and as far away as Saskatchewan.

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