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Yukon Roller Girls excited to open season with home bout

The Yukon Roller Girls are ready to hit the flat track on Saturday after a summer of rest, relaxation and even a little roller derby.

By Whitehorse Star on September 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm


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The Yukon Roller Girls are ready to hit the flat track on Saturday after a summer of rest, relaxation and even a little roller derby.

The first local bout of the season will be against visiting team the North Pole Babes in Toyland from North Pole, Alaska, and will take place at the Mount McIntyre curling rink.

“I am super excited to host the North Pole girls,” said long-time local player and now coach Amil Dupuis-Rossi, known on the track as The Fighting Mongoose.

“The fact that we are hosting a smaller team is indicative of Roller Derby’s success in the North,” she said. “That is, we are no longer just seeking out bigger northern centres and we now have a wider pool of teams to choose from.”

The local club ended last season on a high note, taking home the trophy from the inaugural Alaska State Championship held in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Yukon was the only Canadian team competing.

While in Fairbanks, the local league met many players from North Pole, as skaters from that team supplemented the Yukon roster.

The upcoming Whitehorse bout will be a reunion of friends, as well as a challenge between rivals.

The Alaskan derby players are eager to reunite with the Yukon team, and also demonstrate that they can be fierce competitors.

“It’s great to see teams similar to North Pole who may not have a large roster but do have a large drive to be successful,” said North Pole’s Kristina Johnson, known as AK Metal Angel.

“My goal is to arrive with a cool head and the determination to work hard with my teammates for the best overall outcome. And, maybe, show Yukon Roller Girls just what the entire North Pole Babes in Toyland team is really like.”

The Yukon club has made a few changes to league structure this year, with a new focus on local roller derby.

The league will be hosting monthly black and white scrimmages at the Canada Games Centre, which will provide more opportunities for the public to watch the game in action.

“Northern Exposure: Naughty or Nice?” will open at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the first whistle will start the game at 7.

Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 in advance at Arts Underground or Molotov and Bricks Tattoo. The half-time show will be local musical group Off the Menu.

The event is licensed, however Yukon Roller Girls events are family-friendly and children under 12 get in for $10.

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Sarah Gallagher

Sep 12, 2013 at 4:44 pm

Just one slight correction: children aged 12 and under get in free.

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