Roller Girls make Enderby debut Saturday night

The River Town Roller Girls are literally putting the ‘derby’ in En-derby.

The girls on skates make history as they host their first home-game at the Enderby Arena Saturday.

Going up against the Lake City Derby Girls from Williams Lake, this will be Enderby’s first roller derby event ever held in the arena.

“Most events are held in Armstrong so it’s great to play in our own community and show off our sponsors,” said roller girl Dawn Mace, known on the track as the Redneck Whiskey Devil.

Still on a high from their first win against the Reign Valley Vixen’s Smash Test Betties in Abbotsford April 23, the River Town girls are eager to lace up  again.

“This was our first game in which we all felt prepared for and it showed in our win,” said Mace.

Now the local derby dolls are ready to take on the Lake City ladies.

Since Lake City is a small group of women, the Tournament City Derby Girls (Kamloops) are joining them on the track to fill out the team.

“Both groups are very talented ladies and will definitely give us a run for our money,” said Mace.

While a win would make the historic game even more memorable, the River Town girls are most excited about getting their derby fix in.

Ever since the team formed almost two years ago, their motto has been: Eat, sleep, derby, rinse…repeat.

“Some people were born to skate and the rest of us have to work really hard to gain the skills to be able to bout properly,” explains Mace. “Once you’ve worked yourself to a point of total exhaustion along with even the smallest success, you’re hooked.”

Along with continuously learning new skills to become better skaters, the girls enjoy the camaraderie of the sport.

“The RTRG have a strong sense of family, each other and other derby teams…’s a sisterhood that includes any girl who wants to improve her physical/mental health, have a ton of fun, build your self-confidence with a come-as-you-are attitude,” said Mace. “Empowerment….that’s what it’s all about!”

Doors open to the Enderby action at 6 p.m., whistle blows at 7. Tickets are $12 each, or $10 with a food bank donation (kids 12 and under are free. Beer gardens are open throughout the game and there will be an after party at the Riverfront Pub in Grindrod featuring live music from The Bone. There will also be free shuttle rides back to Enderby.