Amanda Rathburn is one of players for the Killbillies. She says the team is anticipating evening the score with Quesnel on Saturday night.
“It’s going to be a good hard hitting game, and we are very much looking forward to it,” she says.
Despite the rivalries that exist between teams, the players are part of a tight knit community and often get together after the games are over.
“No matter what happens on the track, and there will be some big hits, we go to the after party,” Rathburn explains. “Our main goal is no matter what happens, you win the after party.”
League play almost didn’t happen this year as a result of a number of referees dropping out before the season was to begin. To make sure the league was able to play this year, the Stonebridge Hotel stepped up to fly in an official from Victoria to officiate the games. In addition, Saturday morning and afternoon there will be a clinic for people interested in becoming a ref for the sport.
“The classroom portion will be held at the Stonebridge Hotel [at 9 a.m.], and then after that they will be on skates from 1 until 3 at the North Peace Arena,” explains Rathburn. “We provide insurance through Canadian Roller Derby Insurance. If someone is interested, they can get in touch with us via our Facebook.”
The team is always looking for new players, so those wanting to officiate or play the game are encouraged to contact the team on their Facebook page.