Mavericks raring to go

By Jamie Harkins

April 13, 2017 12:00 AM

DERBY TIME The Midwest Mavericks regional roller derby team is entering their second season with high expectations. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The Midwest Mavericks regional roller derby team is here to help the game flourish.
Mallory ‘Malkyrie’ Clarkson, a co-founder, trainer and player for the Mavericks, said the team will contest their first game of the 2017 season on April 29 in Swift Current against the Redneck Betties.
She said the second-year club that consists of players from rinks in Battlefords, Cold Lake, Kindersley, Wainwright and Lloydminster will use that early tune-up to get ready for their first major challenge in the 12-team Flat Track Fever tournament at Calgary’s Acadia Recreation Complex from May 26 to 28.
“It’s pretty exciting for a second-year team to be able to play at that level,” said Clarkson.
“Last year was a pilot year, so we did play Edmonton (E-Ville Roller Derby) a couple of times and we did pretty well against them. This year we’re just looking to grow a bit bigger, really hone in some of our skills through our training processes and move forward from there.”
Sixteen skaters, including the Border City’s Whammy T and Divine Intervention as well as development players Bonny Mayhem and Chelle Shock, made the Mavericks team through its tryout camp in February.
These competitors practise with the A-level squad once a month at rinks spread out among the region, while also maintaining a commitment to their local teams in terms of practice time and participation in the club’s events.
Clarkson said the Mavericks were created a couple of years ago as a way to help improve the game of derby in the region, while also giving its more advanced skaters a level of play between their home leagues and the provincial team.
She said the hope is this season will prove a springboard toward that goal.
“If we can continue to strengthen derby in the region and keep the senior skaters engaged with higher calibre (play) and keep seeing improvements, my expectations will be blown,” she said.
“That would be the perfect end to a season.”

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