The Redneck Betties returned to their home track Saturday with a triumphant 214-158 win over the visiting Nor-Sask DiefenBreakHers.
The home opener was another physical bout but it was the home team that was able to emerge victorious for their second straight win to open the season.
Trixie Vixen was named the Betties’ Player of the Game after she performed admirably as both a jammer and a blocker in the win. Nemesis was named the DiefenBreakHers Player of the Game.
The Redneck Betties, featuring a drastically different roster than the last time they played at home, led 125-76 at halftime and held on for the win, despite a depleted roster, by outscoring the visitors 89-82 in the second half.
“I really am happy,” said coach Vic Vega. “It’s still the Betties. We have some new faces out there, we have changed some positions, but it is still the Betties and it was Bettie derby out there tonight. It was fun to watch, it was hard hitting, and it was strategic. I was really proud of the way the girls came together, especially after we lost basically the three jammers we had coming into the game. We had to pull them out of the roster, do it as blockers, sent one to the hospital, took another one off the track. That was a little trying to try and refocus after that all happened. I was really proud of our depth. The girls that aren’t necessarily jammers became jammers tonight and that was fantastic.”
"We really showed everybody how we have not suffered by our losses of vets. Although they are missed, we are still just as strong and other teams will be made aware of that," said second-year blocker Dominate Trax after the bout.
The team was plagued by injuries throughout the contest, forcing other players to emerge. They lost star jammer Jinger Vitis on the opening jam of the second half when she was sent to the hospital with a torn rotator cuff.
“The biggest thing was that we had jammers out there that weren’t used to jamming. Once they kind of learned on the fly and figured things out we got right back to where we were again and got our lead back and finished the game strong,” said Vic Vega.
"In derby the score never really matters until the end. You can be up 100 points and still lose it. We never try and concentrate on the score. We just stay in the game, stay focused, stay calm, and play our best," added Dominate Trax.
The Betties are now 2-0 to start their fourth season.
"It is amazing. Of course, as much as winning doesn't matter, it still feels amazing when you do and we have had a great start to an awesome season," said Dominate Trax.
She is in her second season and is one of the players trying to help fill the void left by a number of departed veterans.
"As much as we are doing really awesome, there is a lot of big skates to be filled. We lost some really valuable players. As a rookie, and with some other rookies, we have a big responsibility to try and step up and show that we are ready to take that on."
The Betties had opened the season with a win in Medicine Hat one week earlier and two bouts in eight days had taken a physical toll on the squad.
"Oh we are definitely bruised but that is the best part of roller derby,” smiled Dominate Trax. “We are always proud to show our badges and the harder the hit you take the prouder you are. As you saw tonight, you always get up and skate off. You might not be able to play tonight but those girls will bounce back fast because we are a tough team."
The bout was played in front of another huge crowd at the Credit Union iplex.
"Home games are always the best," said Dominate Trax. "We have the best fan-base ever. I have been to a lot of bouts and we still, hands down, have the best fans, it's amazing! We really cherish our fans."
The next home bout for the Redneck Betties will be Show ‘n’ Shiners on May 31 when Regina’s All-Star Sugar Skulls visit. The Sugar Skulls are currently ranked 13th in the Canadian Roller Derby Rankings, while the Redneck Betties are ranked 28th amongst 117 teams.
“They are going to be the toughest team we will see all year,” said Vic Vega. “They just came off a trip down to the States where they finished third-place at a 24-team tournament. They are firing on all cylinders, so we will be focused and ready for that game.”