Junior stars lead lineup for roller derby’s Wreck the Halls at Cowichan Exhibition

Sports fans in the Cowichan Valley can get a glimpse of roller derby this Saturday as the Candy Crushers host Wreck the Halls at the Cowichan Exhibition’s Mellor Hall.

"We invite the community of Cowichan to come check out roller derby and see for yourselves what a fun, crazy, awesome sport this is and why it’s now the fastest growing sport in North America," said Candy Crushers coach Amanda Gould, known on the roller derby floor as Miss B Haven.

The event will feature scrimmages at three different levels: juniors (ages 10-18), rookie adults, and advanced adults. The doors open at 2 p.m. for an arts and crafts sale, with all items handmade by the junior team as a fundraiser for the coming season. The junior scrimmage will go at 3 p.m., followed by the rookie adults at 5 p.m. and the advanced adults at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per spectator.

"The highlight for this event will be the junior open scrimmage in which we have juniors from many different levels participating," Gould said.

"We have juniors from Duncan, Nanaimo, Cumberland, Vancouver and Chilliwack. and three of them have just been chosen to be on Junior Team Canada for 2015."