There's a new force to reckon with on the local roller derby scene, and they call themselves the NWO Roller Girls.
What do the letters stand for?
DJ Pohl, one of eight founding members, favours "New Wicked Opposition," but coach Roller Doobie fancies "No Way Out;" and "New World Order" has also been bandied about so, for now, the initials stand for something different for every skater.
"We had to send something in for the paperwork," said Pohl, a.k.a. "Pohlverine" on the track.
The league was founded last month by eight now ex-members of Chilliwack's first roller derby league, the VooDoo Derby Dollz, but Pohl doesn't expect there to be any bad blood between the established league and the new breakaway faction.
"All of us are definitely very grateful for what they've done for us, and we really hope to be able to play them in the future," she said. "Having two leagues and two teams set up in Chilliwack, it gives everyone more options-for the fans, for the skaters, for the referees."
NWO decided to go their own way to pursue a competitive mandate as opposed to the more social and all-inclusive approach of the VooDoo Dollz.
"The ultimate goal is to compete at the highest level possible, even at a national level," said Pohl. "We have members who aspire to play for Team Canada."
That isn't to say all of NWO's skaters come from athletic backgrounds.
Pohl had played soccer for most of her life before strapping on skates for the first time just over a year ago, but some of her teammates had no sports experience at all.
To her, that's the beauty of derby.
"It really doesn't matter what kind of background you have, you'll discover your strengths and grow with them," she said.
Another element of the sport that appeals is the aggression.
During a bout, two teams of five skaters each circle an oval track while each team's "jammer" tries to score points by lapping a pack of "blockers," who do everything they can to stop an opposing jammer while helping their own.
"The full-contact is very appealing to me, and there's a certain aspect of theatrics to it as well," said Pohl.
Roller derby competitions have become a popular local spectacle, and Pohl is confident the NWO Rollergirls will be well received.
"Chilliwack has been very supportive so far, and I can see it only growing," she said.
The new league is holding its first fundraiser this Friday at Social Nighclub.
Derby enthusiasts are invited to dress up as their favourite villain, take in contests and a 50/50 draw, and party to live music by The Dead Stuff and Hairless Bares.
Doors open at 7 p.m., and the $10 cover till midnight will go to support Chilliwack's newest roller derby league.
For those interested in getting involved in the league, there will be a meet and greet at the Landing Sports Centre on Feb. 9 at 7 p.m.
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