Whitehorse Daily Star

Yukon Roller Girls welcome the Nightmare to town

The Terrace North Coast Nightmare are coming to town.

By Chuck Tobin on June 7, 2018

The Terrace North Coast Nightmare are coming to town. And the Yukon Roller Girls are ready.

Roller Girl captain Christy Huey said 12 of the 20 active skaters in the Whitehorse league will face the Nightmare, with an eye for revenge.

A number of Roller Girls teamed up last month with women from Haida Gwaii for three derby bouts in Terrace, B.C., but were unsuccessful.

“Terrace beat us, but we are looking to hopefully even the score,” Huey said in an interview Wednesday.

The bout will be held at the Mount McIntyre Recreation Centre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the bout begins at 7:00. Admission is $20 and there’ll be snacks and a cash bar.

The Company of the White Wolf and its battling medieval knights will be providing the half-time entertainment.

In the world of derby bouts, each team has five skaters on the flat track at one time. Each team is made up of one jammer and four blockers. The jammer has to fight their way past the group of blockers, otherwise known as the “pack.” Every time she does, the team scores.

But these days derby bouts are becoming more sophisticated, more complicated and more strategic, Huey explained.

She said its not just a matter of plowing your way through, as teams are putting up coordinated defences along with their strategic offensive push.

“There is a still a lot of physicality in the sport but there is also a lot of cool strategy that people will see on the track,” Huey said.

The Yukon Roller Girls will be heading to Sitka for a bout in two weeks.

And the Girls are always open to new recruits, or as they put, “fresh meat.”

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