VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY: Revelstoke Derailers win Ski Town Showdown
Whistler may have a bigger ski resort, but when it comes to roller derby, the ladies of Revelstoke are tops.
The Revelstoke Derailers defeated the the Black Diamond Betties 190 to 139 to win the Ski Town Showdown and the first ever roller derby bout in Revelstoke.
The night was a boisterous affair, with the line stretching around the Forum 30 minutes before the bout started. The sold-out crowd of 800 people packed into the forum to cheer on the home town ladies.
The Derailers skated out onto the rink, dressed in their new royal blue and grey uniforms.
The Black Diamond Betties followed, coming out with ski goggles on and ski poles in hand. One Betty skated around the rink taunting the crowd with a sign saying 'Derail This'.
The Derailers, boistered by the home town crowd, got off to a flying start, with Kernel Panic earning lead jammer status off the bat and skating Revelstoke to an early lead.
VIDEO: Revelstoke Ski Town Showdown, by Aaron Orlando
In the second jam, a penalty to the Betties' jammer gave Revelstoke's AKilla the Honey free reign of the track and she added to the Derailers' lead.
Tank, the third member in Revelstoke's trio of jammers, also achieved lead jammer status in her first turn on the track.
The first half ended with the score 97-57 in Revelstoke's favour. The action on the track throughout the first half was fierce, with several big hits being laid on both sides. The half ended with Kernel Panic going down hard, but she got back up and was ready to go.
The second half started with Revelstoke adding to its lead, particularly AKilla the Honey, who seemed to be constantly finding seems in the pack. By the 10 minute mark, Revelstoke's lead was 157-76.
After that, Whistler started to climb back, pulling within 40 points and looking like they were going to make it close, but a strong finish by Revelstoke, including one jam where the Derailers were down to only three blockers due to penalties, made the final score 190-139.
The Derailers next home bout is Saturday, July 21, against the Penticton Pistoleras.