Angels ready to start assault

By Jamie Harkins

April 20, 2017 12:00 AM

SKATING LAPS Whammy T leads Beta Blocker around a turn during an Angels of Assault roller derby practice at the St. John's Anglican Church gym on April 9. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The Lloydminster Angels of Assault roller derby team is ready to take the next stride.
Lee Simpson, head coach of the Angels, said the rebuilding club has doubled its number of skaters to 12 this season making them only two short of a full roster. He said the Border City Roller Derby League (BCRDL) competitive travel team will put that increased strength to the test in its first competition of the year at the Kitscoty Arena on May 6.
“That’s going to be a scrimmage,” said Simpson, who goes by the derby moniker of Leebone Capone. “We’re just inviting a whole lot of people from around the area who want to play. They’ll just come out and our juniors (the aged 7 to 17 Lloydmonsters) will be playing in that too. It’s a bunch of people getting together, practising game play and learning.”
The Angels have been preparing for this competition since last fall when their roughly 10-month season began. The club has been hitting an improvised flat track at the St. John’s Anglican Church basement two times a week during the winter months before moving to their spring and summer home at the Kitscoty Arena last week.
Simpson said the team will see their first real game action against the Medicine Hat Gas City Regulators at the Kitscoty Arena on July 27. He said they’re looking to get in another three contests including one more home game during the summer months before wrapping up the year with the annual Fall Brawl tournament at Wainwright’s Peace Memorial Multiplex on Sept. 9.
“We’re looking to get the word out for roller derby here in Lloydminster,” said Simpson. “Build our league up, get more memberships in and hopefully flourish. And have a good season and a lot of fun.”

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