In 27 hours and counting, the Kill Jills hit the track at the Olympic Oval for their first regulation bout in Alberta’s largest roller derby tournament, Flat Track Fever.
I’m a little nervous, being fairly new at this roller derby thing…I only joined the league last October, and have yet to play a real bout. A few scrimmages, against our neighbours at Foothills, and amongst ourselves and the Dogs. But a real bout? with spectators, and announcers, and pressure…
Actually, that sounds pretty awesome! I mean, in real life, who gets to do what they love with a crowd of people cheering (or jeering) you on? Besides, since we’re a new team, there are quite a few of us who have never played in front of anyone. So we’ll figure it out together. And we have some more seasoned players on our team, to provide guidance and to keep our heads on the track instead of in the crowd.
So bring it. And come watch us leave our blood sweat and tears on the track for the first time. Whether we score more points than our competitors or not, we will come out of this weekend winners, because we have waged our first battle on the track.
Let the games begin!
Photo by Steve Recsky