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Tuesday, 03 April 2012 15:38

Redneck Betties ready to take on the Jaw Breakers

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By Ryan Dahlman — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Saylin' Bya, Trixie Vixen, Lulu Lynchmob, Rhett Ro and the rest of the Redneck Betties are rolling into the Credit Union iplex for some roller derby action April 14.

The Redneck Betties will battle the Jaw Breakers from Moose Jaw.

It’s been a busy off season for the Redneck Betties including some fundraisers which helped raise their profile and popularity in Swift Current.

The second calendar they shot and it’s subsequent release party at the Lyric Theatre, the roller derby clinics for new and younger roller derby skaters and having a bake sale contributed to an increased profile. They have also did some volunteering and donated financially to a trio of Swift Current high school girl rugby players last summer.

Nikki “Smash Vegas” Cherrington has been surprised at the level of the popularity of the team and how the team has taken off. With a popular Facebook page, some slick marketing and getting their name out there as much as possible — in a catch phrase — they’re rolling.

“Excitement level is higher than last season. Our fans know us better and the matches are better,” explained Cherrington. “The fans know it’s going to be good...(With Moose Jaw), there’s more serious excitement; we know what to expect from them. We beat them twice last season. It’s a super-friendly rivalry growing there.”

One aspect of the team which is different than last year is the fact the players have trained a lot harder in the off-season. Cherrington said some of the members have been working with Swift Current Broncos’ assistant coach and fitness trainer Andy Schneider to get into better shape. He held a six-week boot camp for them and fitness levels have improved. Cherrington said generally the Betties are one of the older teams in the league so they wanted to ensure they were physically ready to go.

With the players ahead of schedule on their fitness levels, the rules already understood, the team can work on strategies and other aspects of the game.

“I think we’re very anxious,” explained Cherrington. “We’re working very hard. I think we’re all anxious to see how far we’ve come from last year. I think there was excitement last year because it was all new and we were learning strategy and learning the rules.”

Cherrington said the clinics put on for new members has helped in gaining some potential new skaters for down the road. Eventually, if they can swing it, there might be enough for two teams in Swift Current in the future. There has even been interest expressed from neighbouring communities to host training clinics in Shaunavon and Maple Creek.

Cherrington said the team is humbled and appreciative of the response from Swift Current and southwest Saskatchewan. They do try to contribute back and help whenever they can. That’s part of the team’s mission statement — to give back to the community through donating time or helping out whenever possible.

The Betties’ will host five matches including April 14, May 12, June 16, Aug. 11 and Sept. 8.

Those wanting to check the April 14 match out against Moose Jaw — complete with an after party — can get tickets at Elmwood Grocery and Empire Clothing Co. or phone 306-741-5014.

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