GEARING UP - The Mia Dolls are introduced as they skate a lap around the track at Blackfalds Arena for the Groundhog Slay double header roller derby event.

GEARING UP - The Mia Dolls are introduced as they skate a lap around the track at Blackfalds Arena for the Groundhog Slay double header roller derby event.

Roller Derby fans flock to arena

The ice is out and a new kind of skating has taken over Blackfalds Arena.

The ice is out and a new kind of skating has taken over Blackfalds Arena.

Roller derby fans flocked to the Blackfalds Arena earlier this month for Central Alberta Roller Derby Association’s (CARDA) Groundhog Slay Double Header Event.

Two CARDA teams, the Mia Dolls and the Vexy Beasts, hosted two teams from the Oil City Derby Girls of Edmonton, Alice Capones and GI Janes, for a great night of roller derby action.

While the home teams both lost by large margins, Mia Dolls Blocker Angela (DemEyez) Beishuizen said that there were several inexperienced players on the rosters Saturday night and that the matches provided good practice for the new players.

“It was outstanding,” said DemEyez. “They learned a lot.”

First on the track were the Mia Dolls and Alice Capones.

The Mia Dolls started off Capones and never managed to catch up. Final score was 286 – 186 in favour of the Capones. In the second game, the Vexy Beasts took on the GI Janes for what DemEyez said was a “very physical game.” It was much the same story for the Vexy Beasts as inexperience played a large factor in the final outcome.

Final score was 245 – 110 in favour of the GI Janes.

While the CARDA house teams may not have done too well on the scoreboard, they certainly had a ton of support. The seats on the floor by the track were full and many spectators were in the stands as well.

DemEyez said that she pleased to see roller derby gaining more support and people who have never seen the sport before coming out to watch. Next action for CARDA is June 1st at the Blackfalds Arena.

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