HUMPHREY - Skaters arrived in fishnet stockings, under wear and face paint - normal attire for a roller derby.
Skaters roll in to Humphrey for a derby.
Three South Simcoe Rebel Rollers, dressed in black, try and keep the Chrome Mollys’ jammer, dressed in blue, from passing the group. Jammers wear a star on their helmet to stand out.
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The Humphrey arena hosted its first exhibition roller derby between the Chrome Mollys and the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers Sunday night.
After two periods, each a half-hour long, the Chrome Mollys pulled ahead, winning 137 to 87.
During the derby, four members of each team form a pack of roller skaters who group together as they skate around the oval track. Each team also has a jammer who fights to push past the group to score points. Local community members and team supporters filled the Humphrey arena and cheered enthusiastically as skaters battled to push past each other.
Dominated by women, the high-energy sport with these ladies is anything but gentle.
After a few nasty tumbles on the track, many of the ladies’ faces and chests are smeared with blood but judging from their smiles, they weren’t badly hurt.
Cindy Brooks, whose derby moniker is Splatt Benetar, plays for the Chrome Mollys. She said she helped get roller derby leagues established in Toronto, and now there are three. The Chrome Mollys are a part of the GTA Rollergirls, one of the leagues.
According to Brooks, each team is able to put 14 people per game on the roster, and 20 per tournament.
“It’s awesome,” she said. “It’s great exercise, it’s fun, I love it.”
Brooks said the female camaraderie is a huge draw for the players.
Brooks isn’t the only player with an odd moniker on the back of her jersey. Thinking up an alter-ego is a derby tradition. Other jersey names spotted by spectators during the derby included Kydaver, Zooey Bash Em Well, Totally Skari and Skatey Parry.
Debbee-lee-down’r, or Lee Murphy when she’s not on the track, said every girl chooses a name that is usually tough, to pump them up.
Murphy has played with the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers for just over a year.
“I love it, just being out on the track,” she said. “It’s such a rush, and you get to meet a whole new group of girls.”
Seguin’s Director of Community Services Kelly Krist said she would like to run another derby in Humphrey.
“We were looking for something different that everyone could enjoy,” she said, noting a derby hasn’t been held in the area before. “I think it would take off.”