Wakefield’s roller derby team will be hoping to make a winning start to its new season with its first home game of the year tomorrow.
Wakey Wheeled Cats, who are based at Lightwaves Leisure Centre, take on Middlesbrough Milk Roller’s ‘B’ team, the Rising Rollers, at Huddersfield Sports Centre.
The game will be the last large scale event to take place at Huddersfield Sport Centre before the building, which has long been adopted by the team for large events due to the lack of available venues in Wakefield, is demolished.
The clash will be the first game of the year for the Wheeled Cats, who will be looking to get the season off to a flying start ahead of their British Championship games later this year.
Last year saw the Cats win both of their home games, against Barnsley Black Heart Rollers and Sheffield Steel Crucibelles, but lots of changes within the make-up of team mean the game will be a real test.
A new captaincy team will be in place for the team, after Kirsty Quinn, who has led the league’s travel team into battle since its very first game in October 2010, decided to step down.
Zoe Melia, a founding member of the league, is the new captain.
Kirsty said: “It has been an honour to Captain the Cats for the last five years.
“This is a new era for the Cats; the new Captaincy team will be in place for this game and the rostered team will have changed slightly from last year. We’ll be missing some of our more experienced skaters notably Jenny Richardson, who transferred to Newcastle.
“Middlesbrough B is a tough, tight-knit team and I’m sure it will be an exciting game to watch.”
Doors open at Huddersfield Sports Centre at 3pm. Tickets are £8 on the door, with under 10s free of charge. Prior to the main game, there will be a ‘first bite’ game, showcasing newer skaters form leagues across the region, including Leeds Roller Dolls.
Anyone wearing a Wakefield Wildcats or Wheeled Cats t-shirt can pay on the door at the discounted price of £6.