The Hillbilly Hurt roller derby team played its second game on Saturday and the evening was successful on the track and otherwise.
The Hurt defeated the NorSask DiefenBreak-Hers of Prince Albert 143-133 in a tightly contested game.
"I think they did really well," said Hurt coach Renee Buskow, who added that it was nice to play a team of a similar skill level. "Even for the audience, I think it makes for a better game."
It was the first match for the Prince Albert team.
Buskow said roughly 150-200 people watched the game, which is slightly lower than the turnout for the last game in April, but that was to be expected.
"It wasn't the same as last time, but we kinda knew that going in because of the rodeo going on and everything."
Still, she said she hopes some of the people who returned to watch for a second time now have a better understanding of the sport.
"I know it's always better to watch it the second time. The first time people watch roller derby, it's kind of like 'What is going on?'"
The Hurt borrowed three players from Moose Jaw to make up for some injuries.
Buskow said the team is looking to play in a different venue for its next game, which will come sometime next year.
"With the (Icon Centre), it's OK size-wise. Really, the only thing that affects it is the width.
"Hopefully next season we can get into the curling rink and play on that wider surface, so people can watch all around the track instead of just at the end."
The team has been invited by a club in Brandon to play a game there in November, but hasn't decided yet if it will be able to go.
Meanwhile, the South East Saskatchewan Roller Derby Association is holding a recruiting session on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the Icon Centre.
Women aged 18 and older are needed for all positions. Equipment will be available and experienced skaters will be on hand to help. Previous skating or roller derby experience is not necessary. Anyone interested in refereeing is welcome.
To learn more about the SESRDA, find them on Facebook or e-mail s.e.saskrollerde...@hotmail.com.