Pistoleras fire up big offence in win

Penticton Pistoleras roller derby earns first win in debut bout

The Revelstoke Derailers’ Akilla’ the Honey slips between The Surreal McCoy and Skullywag of the Penticton Pistoleras in roller derby action at McLaren Arena in Penticton.

The Revelstoke Derailers’ Akilla’ the Honey slips between The Surreal McCoy and Skullywag of the Penticton Pistoleras in roller derby action at McLaren Arena in Penticton.

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The Penticton Pistoleras were victorious in their first ever bout May 12 against the Revelstoke Derailers earning a 189-156 decision.

The night started with a bang at McLaren Arena. Roxy Horror Show for the Pistoleras lined up on Kernel Panic of the Derailers. On the first turn as they approached the pack, Roxy threw a huge shoulder check into Kernel that sent her flying to the ground. Roxy sped through the pack and was awarded lead jammer status and gave Penticton their first lead. The nearly sold-out crowd went wild.

The Derailers weren’t prepared to give in and played hard to regain the lead and maintained it through the first half. The Pistoleras struggled with penalties and strong Revelstoke jammers, and trailed by 29 points at halftime.

Returning for the second half focused and determined, Penticton began to come together gradually closing Revelstoke’s lead. Explosive jamming by R Skullywag and Bliss Kreig combined with solid defence from blockers like Oozy Q, Bluebelle Bruise-Her and Bunny Wail-Her. The result was Penticton retaking the lead with 10 minutes remaining, and didn’t look back.

The two teams will re-match in Revelstoke on July 21st.

The Pistoleras are part of the South Okanagan Roller Derby Association and will be playing their next home game in August against Tournament City Derby Dolls.

They will be holding a recruitment/information day at McLaren arena on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. for anyone interested in volunteering, reffing or playing.