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Wednesday, 05 September 2012 15:41

Swift Current Redneck Betties will end season with a bang

Written by  Jessi Gowan
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Although the Redneck Betties still have another month to go before the end of the season, the final home game is coming up quickly — when the Betties will face off against the Deathbridge Derby Dames Sept. 8 at the iplex.

The Betties have been using movie themes to promote their bouts all season, and this game gives them the unique opportunity to also support the efforts of local filmmakers. Zombageddon — An Invasion of the Redneck Zombies will feature a preview of the soon-to-be-released Zombageddon movie.
“We are in the film as well, and we thought this would be a great way to get the word out about it,” said Nikki Cherrington with the Redneck Betties. “We’ve got a few other surprises up our sleeve for this last home game of the season, so it’s going to be a really great night.”
Following their game at the iplex, the Betties will travel to Shaunavon for a special rematch with Regina’s Gravediggers, who beat them by only four points in overtime at their last match-up. The game will also feature a scrimmage-style warm-up.
“Shaunavon has been pretty relentless in trying to get us to come out and feature roller derby out there, so we are pretty excited about that, and so are they,” Cherrington noted. “Then we’ll have our very last game of the season on October 6 in Saskatoon against the Killa Bees.”
Cherrington is thrilled with the support the team has seen from the entire community throughout the season. She sees new faces at each bout, and noted that there is such a range in the audience — men and women, young and old.
“We want to do the community proud, and that motivates us,” Cherrington explained. “It’s really expensive for us to do what we do, even just renting the practice space, so ticket sales help offset that cost for us.”
Another hope for the team is that people who are interested in getting involved with a physical activity, but don’t feel like they fit into any other conventional sport, will have an outlet in roller derby.
“People are gaining so much from this as far as confidence, a sense of family, and feeling like they fit in somewhere,” she said. “At first it was just women, but we are seeing that a lot of men want to get involved with this, too.”
Anyone looking to become a part of the team can take advantage of the upcoming Fresh Meat program, which kicks off Oct. 8. The program runs from October to January, and is an opportunity for both men and women to learn the basics of roller derby and get ready to start training with the team when their season begins in January.
“Our girls will have the opportunity to take some time off after our last game in Saskatoon, but I encourage them to come to Fresh Meat at least once a week to keep their skate legs, because it’s really hard to get back in shape,” Cherrington admitted. “We will be doing some other things during that time as well, like our calendar shoot and our Movember party.”
Those interested in getting more information about joining the Fresh Meat program can visit the Redneck Betties on Facebook, or contact Nikki at 741-5014.

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