LCRD ready for another season

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Coach Lime provides insight and tactics for Jaw Breakers

After an off-season of changes, a new roller derby season is almost here.

Coach Lime, centre, works with the members of the Lil Chicago Roller Derby league during a practice on Tuesday night at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

The Jaw Breakers of the Lil Chicago Roller Derby League (LCRD) are getting ready for another busy season on the flat track with new skaters, a new coach and new goals.

The LCRD and the Moose Jaw Roller Derby League were separate leagues last season, but have come together as one unit and are excited about a new season.

“It is great,” said Milissa ‘Mystique and Destroy’ Lawson. “We all skated with each other before anyways, so to be sharing one track really does make us stronger.”

The experience they each share and are now bringing together is important as well, Lawson said.

As the league moves into its fourth year, the Jaw Breakers are working hard in practices at the Moose Jaw Ford Curling Centre to have a stronger and better season.

“We have the years experience, we have the skating skills down and we have some amazing skaters on our team,” said Lawson. “Now that we have that skill set, it is about bringing everybody together and being on par as a team and bringing that strategy to work with our team.”

To help with that, the LCRD brought in the renowned Bradley Foot — Coach Lime to assist them at practice.

“He is teaching us more advanced strategies than we are used to implementing and how to effectively put that together as a strong team,” said Lawson.

Coach Lime has been coaching for eight years and is a travelling coach. He is well known in Western Canada and the Maritimes. He has coached in Team Alberta as well at the men’s national derby team.

“When I first started, there were four leagues in Western Canada, so I have been doing this for a quite a while and I have built up quite a bit of knowledge and experience,” said Foot. “I have worked with a lot of teams, so now teams hire me to come in and work with them on their strategy and game plan.”

He is here to help the Jaw Breakers think the game at a different level as well as get their new skaters on the same page as some of the veteran skaters.

“The strategies are always changing and the rules are changing, which changes the strategy of the game,” he said. “They get newer players, but even though they have been around for four years, there is probably only a handful of them that have actually been here since the beginning.”

The Jaw Breakers will open their season at home on May 24 at Mosaic Place.

The goal is to continue to climb the rankings this season.

“We always want to move up and advance as well as take on teams that are stronger and better. The goal is always get better,” said Lawson. “If we come together a team, we will be successful.”

The other home games include June 14 against North Battleford, July 19 against the Prince Albert Outlaws and Sept. 6 against Portage la Prairie.

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