A little bit of rough and tough love hits the rink in Armstrong Saturday with Derby Love.
The Okanagan Shuswap Roller Derby Association’s annual event is also the season opener for the local roller derby teams.
House team, the Candy Strykers, will be taking on the Rated PG North Stars in the Valentine’s Day event at Hassen Memorial Arena. Doors open at 5:30 with the whistle blow at 6 p.m. A co-ed mash-up bout will follow.
“There is a lot of anticipation leading up to this event, not only being our season opener but it is also a first-ever bout for some of our rookie players,” said Angeline Hallam, OSRDA event co-ordinator.
“We are all looking forward to the co-ed bout and what better day is there than Valentine’s Day to get our male derby community out to play with us.”
There are some men’s roller derby players coming in from Prince George and Alberta, as well as one of OSRDA’s local refs joining in as a skater.
The event features raffles, door prizes, and a licensed beer garden.
Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Kids 13 and under are free. Advance tickets are available online at Brown Paper Tickets.
Anyone interested in joining roller derby is welcome and can find more information at osrda.org.
“Roller derby is a great close-knit community and we are always looking for new skaters, referees, and volunteers,” said Hallam.