By Greg Amos and Dan Walton
The Invermere Killer Rollbots had to swallow their pride at the recent East Kootenay Roller Derby League championships, suffering a 318-71 loss to
Fernies Avalanche City Roller Girls.
They were always ahead; their team work was better, they did a good job at splitting us up so they could get their jammer through, team captain Jess de Groot said about the championship game on Saturday, September 14th in Cranbrook. We still worked really hard and they said we put up a really tough fight.
The Roller Girls had it out for the Killer Rollbots all season, Ms. de Groot said, after Invermere defeated them in the finals last year.
And after claiming the 2013 title, the girls from Avalanche City had decided that it was time to depart from the East Kootenay Roller Derby League. Instead, they will travel around western Canada and U.S. to compete in various tournaments, possibly through the Womens Flat Track Derby Association.
A new team out of Elkford will be emerging,
however, to keep the league balanced at five teams.
The Rollbots will be holding a board meeting next week to prepare for next season, and are hoping to hold a fresh meat event in mid-October at the
community hall in Invermere, where valley girls will be invited to try on gear and see if theyre a good fit for roller derby.