Wednesday, 16 November 2011 15:35

New Redneck Betties calendar to be released Nov. 26

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By Ryan Dahlman
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Swift Current’s roller derby queens the Redneck Betties would like to get more game dates on the calendar for next year.

In the meantime, the Betties are making sure their fans will remember to go to games by literally being the calendar.

For the second year in a row, the Redneck Betties are producing a 16-month calendar. Team spokesperson Nikki Cherrington said many of the team members were excited to do it. It came together easier this year too.

“Last September, the team was built from scratch and the calendar came out at Christmas time and we hadn’t played any teams yet,” explained Cherrington.

The team still sold 350 calendars, but this year wants to increase sales to 500.

“People wanted us to do it again.”

There will be different types of shots this year as the photographer was able to capture the personalities and show the fun side of the 18 players.

Cherrington said people will be surprised.

“It was fun, you feel like a model.”

On Nov. 26, the Betties will host a calendar release party at the Lyric Theatre.

The “Gimme Mo Betties” festivities is not only a way to introduce the 2012 Betties’ calendar, but also raise money for Movember — the mustache growing initiative to raise money and awareness for prostate cancer.

There will be prizes for best real and fake moustache. A silent auction will have proceeds go to Movember Canada.

Tickets are $5 and available at the Empire Clothing Company, from any of the Redneck Betties or phone 306-741-5014.

Cherrington said they not only want to have some fun and thank the fans for an enjoyable first year, but they want to give back to the community.

“Part of our mission statement for the team was to support the community,” explained Cherrington.

The Betties will be losing Lulu Lynchmob, as she will be hanging up her skates at the end of the season, but otherwise the team will remain in tact.

There are new recruits and community support is growing.

“It’s the craziest thing I’ve seen,” explained Cherrington about the community support. “People have jumped on board; they love it … it’s really cool. I love our fans.”

Fans will be happy to hear the team is working hard on securing some home dates and there is talk about a formation of a league. There seems to be enough teams with squads from Regina, Rosetown, Watrous, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Saskatoon, Rocanville, and Prince Albert currently rolling.

Cherrington said she had heard a national media report indicating roller derby was the fastest growing sport in Canada.

“I’d like to see a Saskatchewan league, and have a playoff format,” said Cherrington. “It would make it even more exciting for the fans if we have games to play for instead of just playing a game and then that’s it.”

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