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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 06:38

Foxy Rollers a little ‘distressed’ Feb. 21

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“Shove at first sight?” Indeed.

The Cypress Centre Pavilion on the Medicine Hat Exhibition grounds was rocking with a few hundred in attendance as the Redcliff Foxy Rollers dropped a hard-fought and spirited 202-155 roller derby bout to the DAMNsels of Distress who are from the Foothills Roller Derby Association (Nanton, High River, Okotoks and Black Diamond).
The evening’s theme was shove at first sight, and it was one of those nights with a lot of spills, collisions and well, shoving. Despite the fact they lost, the Rollers were satisfied with the effort.
“The team felt great about the way we played,” explained Ariana “Traction Jackson” Nielsen, a native of Tilley. “We were short three players (we should have a roster of 14 but we only had 11, nine of which were Foxy Rollers). 
“Coach Helter Skelter and bench wench Brutella Deville did a great job of setting up the lines. We've been working on a lot of strategy in our practices and it really felt like we were working together.  It started off a little rocky, but we pulled it together in the second half.  The DAMNsels were great to play against and I think everyone had a lot of fun.”
Nielsen wasn’t sure of exact crowd numbers but noted they got treated to a good game. It was also impressive considering there was a roller derby bout the night before involving Medicine Hat’s Gas City Rollers.
The Foxy Rollers are made up of players from Medicine Hat, Redcliff and surrounding counties.
On Feb. 23, the Foxy Rollers held a recruitment event which will be the first of many. There are a lot of different people needed including men if they wish as not only skaters are needed but referees and non-skating officials (NSOs).
“People don’t have to wait for an actual recruitment event — they can just contact us for the date of an upcoming practice and we can arrange for gear,” explains Nielsen.
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