Heartland Roller Derby make hometown debut in victory over Hellraisers

The Heartland Roller Derby Association won their first and only home game of the 2019 season against the Drumheller Hellraisers.

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Fort Saskatchewan’s roller derby community laced up this past weekend as they skated to victory in their first — and only — home game of the season.

The Heartland Roller Derby Association (HRDA) defeated Drumheller’s Hellraisers 160 to 151 at the Sportsplex Arena on July 13. The hometown win marks the first for the HRDA this year.

“Its always a good feeling to win at home,” said Nancy Roberts, the President of the HRDA. “There’s that little bit of a bittersweet taste because we were losing for the first half of the game. So to come back and end up winning felt great.”

Saturday also marked the first official game the HRDA has played under their new coach Katrina Chapman. Colloquially referred to as Kraken, she began training with the HRDA roughly six months ago.

“There’s a lot of prep work that goes into playing a game. You want to get your skills up to par and we’ve been working with the coach for almost a year now. It was her first game where she came. It was a huge win for her,” Roberts said.

Playing against Drumheller for the first time, Roberts said that having Chapman’s calm and collected coaching helped them to prepare for a new adversary.

“We were facing a team we’ve never played before. When you go into a game like that you have a lot of nerves in terms of not knowing what they play like. We did a lot of prep work,” Roberts said.

With only a few games slated for this summer, the fall will be the HRDA’s busy season as they prepare to compete in a tournament this August in Prince Albert, Sask. as well as preparing for provincials in September.

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