“Founded in 2005, Oil City Roller Derby (then the Oil City Derby Girls) was the first flat track derby league in Canada. We are constantly evolving to represent of our dynamic membership and the changing times. OCRD is an ever-changing expression of our fabulous constituents!” That is how Oil City Roller Derby describe themselves on their website. Their season starts tonight, here’s the information from their events page:
Saturday March 9 – OCRD Double Header:
OCDG (Oil City Derby Girls) vs Tar Sand Betties; Near Death Oddities (mixed gender) vs Crude Assassins
Join us for our 2019 home opener with two games against our friends at Fort McMurray Roller Derby League! We start the night off with an exciting travel team match up between the Oil City Derby Girls and the Tar Sand Betties. Then be sure to stick around for a hard-hitting mixed gender game as the Near Death Oddities take on the Crude Assassins.
Saturday March 9
Doors @ 4:30, first whistle @ 5pm
Edmonton Sports Dome (10104 32 Ave)
General admission: $15 at the door, $10 in advance
Children 10 and under are free
As the author, I admit my knowledge is limited about Roller Derby aside from the fact that is an absolute blast to watch. My only experience comes back in 2007 when I was the Marketing Director for the Sherwood Park Junior B Titans (they’ve since leveled up to Junior A). On “Titans Day” we did a big event to raise funds to help in the fight against cancer. We had a dunk tank pregame, a couple of stunt bikers from Mud, Sweat and Gears in the first intermission and the Roller Derby Girls doing a demo in the 2nd intermission. I’m going to remind you that this was at a lacrosse game. The Derby Demo was rougher and tougher than anything I remember seeing in the game.
Asking yourself where you can learn more about Roller Derby? According to their website, “The best way to understand roller derby is to watch it! Come out and watch a game.” Here’s your chance Edmonton, the festivities begin at 5PM.
Check out the Oil City Roller Derby Facebook page for some pictures (one which I used for the cover) and videos and for more information.
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