From: The Highlander
By: Erin Lynch
Canada won silver in the Roller Derby Blood and Thunder World Cup, last weekend in Toronto at The Bunker in Downsview Park.
Thirteen teams from across the world competed in a premiere competition that saw the world’s best skaters, blockers and jammers battle it out. Participating teams included Finland, Scotland, Argentina, Brazil, Australia, England, New Zealand, Ireland, Germany, France and Sweden.
Team Canada played six bouts, essentially blowing away the competition among a packed, passionate home crowd shouting Beaver Fever. But it wasn’t until Sunday morning, in game five, that Canada faced its biggest challenge — against Team England. In a nail-biting, evenly-matched game,Canada claimed victory with a final score of 161 to 90, putting them in the World Cup final against Team USA.
Sadly, Team Canada was defeated in the finals by a score of 336 to 33, despite a huge effort and scoring the most points of any team against the USA, referred to by many as “the dream team”.Canada entered the game with an unfortunate roster loss, as Georgia W. Tush of Montreal suffered a broken collarbone earlier in the day against England, robbing the home team of a third of its jammer core that included Luludemon and Iron Wench.
Homegrown roller derby star Kayla Wilkins, aka Brim Stone, played on Team Canada throughout the weekend. Announcers at the World Cup commented on her ability to move through a space the size of a dime; small in stature but huge in heart, Brim Stone played a big game. Many local derby players had traveled to Toronto, or watched the games live-streaming on Derby Network, to see their coach, Brim, play in the first world tournament.
The Highland Roller Girls are looking for new members to join the league. An information night is scheduled for December 15 at the Wild Moose between 6 and 9 pm. The league is looking for new skaters, and for referees who can be either men or women. All ages, sizes and abilities are welcome. For more information, go to their Facebook page, The Highland Roller Girls.