Roller Derby provides plenty of action like that seen here during a bout in Nelson.

Roller Derby provides plenty of action like that seen here during a bout in Nelson.

The Kootenay derby gals are back

The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League launches into its third season

It’s derby time!

The West Kootenay Women’s Roller Derby League launches into its third season with their season opener on Friday at the Rossland arena. First whistle at 6 p.m.

It’s a double-header between Salmo’s Babes of Brutality and Nelson’s Lumber Jackies, then Castlegar’s Dam City Rollers and Rossland’s Gnarlie’s Angels.

The 2012 season will see 26 bouts hosted in the West Kootenay, primarily in Rossland (where the arena provides a dedicated derby surface from April through September), and both the Castlegar and Nelson community complexes when the ice comes out.

The season features six double-header bouts, three Kootenay Kannibelles home games and the semi-final and championship bouts, to be held on weekends and featuring the full entertainment package: half-time show, bar, mobile food concessions, raffles, door prizes, music, announcers… providing suitable entertainment for the whole family.

New this year is single mid-week bouts without all the bells and whistles for only $5.

Tickets are $10 in advance ($15 at the door, $2 for kids) from Phat Angel in Nelson, Mountain High Lighting in Castlegar, West Kootenay Scuba in Salmo, RossVegas in Rossland and Gerick Cycle & Sport in Trail. On-line tickets sales are at kootenayrollerderby.com where you can check-out the 2012 bout schedule and contemplate the bounty of a seasons pass before they’re gone on April 21.