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Derby debuts in pre-season action

2011/03/12 Roller Derby at the Seven Chiefs Sportplex Tsuu T'ina Nation Photos by Shane Innes

In any sport, preseason play is the time to work the kinks out and fall back into the swing of things. Roller derby is no different.
The Calgary Roller Derby Association (CRDA) is entering its fourth season with three house teams and one travel team
SAIT student Janet Fisher, whose derby name is Criminal Intent, is a member of two-time league champions, the Thrashin’ Lassies.
“It’s exciting to get the season started so I can finally get out there and play,” said Fisher.
Since the start of the year, the players have been practicing to get back into shape.
With the league gaining more than just a few recruits last year, there’s a lot of fresh meat (rookies) and the teams all have full rosters.
Meanwhile, the derby veterans have also been preparing to get the season under way and have held training camps for women who want to play roller derby.
“I am extremely happy to get the season underway,” said SAIT instructor and Thrashin’ Lassie Dawn Kuechle, who goes by the name DX Zone.
“The off season is too long due to the lack of (practice) space.”
This year 25 newcomers came to the tryouts in hopes of becoming fresh meat. But they won’t be able to play until next season.
Fans like SAIT employee Blair Dawes have been waiting since August for live derby action.
“I am very excited to have the season start, said Dawes.
The regular season starts on April 16 at the Triwood Community Association.

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