Roller derby season starts up in Akwesasne

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - They're fast. They're furious. And they're back to bring another season of roller derby mayhem to the Cornwall area.

The Seaway Roller Derby Girls compete against the Kahnawake Wagon Burners at the Long Sault Arena in 2013.

The Seaway Roller Derby Girls (SRDG) will be facing stiff competition at their season opener as they square off against the Kahnawake Wagon Burners on Saturday, April 19 at the Anowarakowa Arena on Cornwall Island. The match starts at 7 p.m.

"We plan on starting where we left off last season - with a victory," said Jeff Brown, also known as Whitesnake, the coach of SRDG.

Brown noted that the history of both teams are very similar. The Wagon Burners started their league a few years prior to SRDG (lacing up since 2011) and both are professionally trained by Montreal roller derby members (the best league in Canada).

"Expectations from the game are lots of speed, communication, strategic play, and hard hits," he said.

The sisterhood on wheels is always looking for brave new recruits ready to join their competitive, non-profit, women's flat track roller derby league.

SRDG's inaugural team, the Cornwall Power Dames, can be found on Thursday and Friday nights between 7 and 9 p.m. training at St Lawrence College.

"This is our year to get the league's name out there and have lots of spectators at our games," said Brown. "But most importantly we're looking to recruit some new derby talent!"

SRDG have eight games scheduled for this season. Four are on home turf  at the Long Sault Arena. 

For more information on tickets and SRDG events, visit www.seawayrollerderbygirls.com.

SRDG season schedule:

Renfrew County Valley Valkuries - Saturday, May 31 - Long Sault Arena. Game time: 7:00 p.m.

Northumberland Ganaraska Grave Diggers - Saturday, June 14 - Long Sault Arena. Game time: 7:00 p.m.

Kahnawake Wagon Burners - Saturday, June 21 - Long Sault Arena. Game time: 7:00 p.m.

Ottawa Roller Derby Bytown Blackhearts (away game) - Saturday, June 21. Game time and location TBA.

Northumberland Ganaraska Grave Diggers (away game) - Saturday, August 9. Game time and location TBA.

Ottawa Roller Derby Bytown Blackhearts - Saturday, June 21. Game time and location TBA.

Renfrew County Valley Valkuries (away game) - Saturday, September 6. Game time and location TBA.

Organizations: Seaway Roller Derby Girls

Geographic location: Akwesasne, Cornwall Island, Montreal Canada

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