Electric City Roller Grrrlz square off against Flathead Valley on Saturday
The Electric City Roller Grrrlz wrap up their 2014 season on Saturday in a home match against the Flathead Valley Roller Girls.
The “Jingle Bell Juke” kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena, with doors opening at 6.
Team spokeswoman Amanda “Brick House” Brooks said while many of the girls have never faced Flathead before, what they’ve gathered from the long-time veterans is that they’re likely facing an equally talented foe.
“Because it’s been so long since we played them, it’s hard to know, but I’m told we’re pretty evenly matched,” she said. “It should be a really good game.”
Saturday also will feature the first public scrimmage for the new juniors team, the Rock n Rollers. The co-ed team will duke it out during halftime of the adult match.
Brooks said by opening up the juniors team to boys, it’s planting the seeds for a potential men’s league in the future.
“Men’s roller derby is pretty big across the world, we just don’t have any teams in Montana yet, but they’re paving the way for men’s roller derby here,” she said. “There’s actually several teams in Montana that have junior leagues (with males) coming up, so it’s awesome to see these little ones having the same love for derby that the adults do, both male and females.”
The team members are between the ages of 9 and 17 and take part in twice-weekly practices.
For each home event, the Roller Grrrlz pick a charity to donate to, and this time they’re splitting the 50/50 pot with Project Homeless, which is run by dental hygiene students at Great Falls College-Montana State University.
Little ones will get the chance to visit with Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus on Saturday, as well. And, people are invited to attend the after party at the Do Bar. Food will be provided by Williams and Roberts Fine BBQ, as well.
“The after party is always a good time, plus (Williams and Roberts’) food is awesome,” Brooks said.
Finally, Brooks said for girls interested in joining the team next year, they are in the process of organizing a Fresh Meat Boot Camp, which is set for Jan. 6 and the Hauer’s Family Skating Center.
” We’re going to go back to basics in January and hopefully we’ll get another group of girls going and getting them levelling up to where we’re at,” she said.
Tickets to Saturday’s match are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advanced tickets can be purchased online here, or at Barrel O’ Bucks Casino and La Quinta Inn and Suites.
The Electric City Roller Grrrlz are sponsored by Allstate Insurance-The Quintrell Family Agency, Planned Parenthood Of Montana
Eagle Beverage, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Williams and Roberts, Diggs Hair Salon, E-Z Bail Bonds, Flawless Auto Body, Great Falls Emergency Services, Falls Signs, DM Studios, Big Footage, The Machine Studios, Shining Mountain Images, Hauer’s Family Skating Center and the Central Montana Radio Network.
For more news on what’s going on with the team, visit it’s Facebook Page.