Lil’ Chicago Roller Derby will get a final home game in at the Hillcrest after all.
After a nervous 24 hours, the Lil’ Chicago Jaw Breakers announced that they will play Saskatoon’s Killa Bees Saturday. The first whistle is at 7 p.m.
The Jaw Breakers were schedule to play Gas City from Medicine Hat when they had to back out at the last minute.
“Medicine Hat wasn’t able to get enough players. They were only able to round up seven girls,” said Natosha Wareham from the Jaw Breakers. “It’s the beginning of their season, whereas it’s the end of our season. We got an email on Sunday saying that unfortunately they wouldn’t be able to make it.”
The Breakers turned to social media to try to find a last-minute replacement team or even individual skaters that could form a team for the night.
“Having everything booked, posters were up and tickets had been sold so it was hard to just cancel the event,” said Wareham. “We got an email Monday from the Saskatoon Killa Bees and they want to play us. So it was a 12th-hour save.”
The local derby girls took their first steps on skates at the Hillcrest and played their first games in the venerable old building. While they will still train there, they’re looking forward to the last bout at their first home.
“It may not be the prettiest, greatest, up-to-date place, but it’s still home,” said Wareham. “It’s going to be hard to think about the fact that we won’t play there any more. It’s been a good home to us for two years.
“There’s definitely a lot of memories there, but we’ll have to make new memories.”
The Breakers don’t have any games scheduled and were planning on finishing their season, but will continue to practice. Gymtastiks are moving into their space, but Lil’ Chicago will be able to practice in the space the gymnastics club is leaving, though it is too small to hold a game in.
Mosaic Place has the size to host games, but rental costs might prohibitive.
“I don’t know if Mosaic Place is somewhere that’s feasible for us,” said Wareham. “Right now, as far as I know, there’s no other options out there really. There just isn’t somewhere with that kind of space.”