ROLLBOTS KILL IT  Invermeres roller derby team is back on top after winning the league championship bout on July 5th. Photo by Ryan Mckenzie

ROLLBOTS KILL IT Invermeres roller derby team is back on top after winning the league championship bout on July 5th. Photo by Ryan Mckenzie

Pioneer Staff

The Invermere Killer Rollbots took charge when it counted in a nail-biting season finale against the Kimberley Bavarian Barbarians last weekend.

Their victory gives them the title of East Kootenay Roller Derby League champions once again, reclaiming the top spot after losing it to the Avalanche City Roller Girls last year.

The Rollbots held the title after the leagues inaugural season in 2012, and brought it home again on Saturday, July 5th by besting the Barbarians in Kimberley 166 to 153.

We never gave up, we just kept doing what we were doing to try and close the gap, said Killer Rollbots captain Jess DeGroot, who goes by the name DeVotchka Thrash on the rink.

The final game of the championship bout was tight the whole way, with the Bavarians taking the lead right off the bat and holding on until the final four minutes, when the Killer Rollbots took advantage of some Barbarian jammer penalties to squeak ahead.

The Killer Rollbots had a strong performance throughout the season with a full roster of 13 or 14 skaters, and many of them are roller derby veterans, said DeVotchka Thrash. This year the league featured only three East Kootenay teams the Killer Rollbots, the Bavarian Barbarians and the Wildcat Brawlers, so league bouts were rounded out with bouts against visiting roller derby teams from Alberta. The Killer girls are now relaxing over the off-season, but will be making a presence at the Invermere Farmers Markets, and are planning a party fundraiser at the Station Pub over August long weekend.