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Published February 07, 2011, 09:59 PM

Derby Girls: Grand Forks Team Bringing Exciting Sport to the Area

Fans of Grand Forks' newest spectator sport will finally have a chance to see their team at home. The Forx Roller Derby team has been competing for a while, but this month it will have its first home game.

Fans of Grand Forks' newest spectator sport will finally have a chance to see their team at home.

The Forx Roller Derby team has been competing for a while, but this month it will have its first home game.

It was lights on for the Forx Roller Derby team as they practiced at the National Guard Armory in Crookston Monday night.

Players are preparing for their first ever home game.

"We're really, really excited. We've been looking forward to this for a while," roller derby member Heather Elton said.

"All of my friends and family are going to come and watch me and my coworkers, so it's kind of an adrenaline rush, you know," derby member Shanda Poitra said.

Shanda and Heather are part of Grand Forks' first roller derby team.

The object of the game? Each team has five players on the track. One is designated as the scorer and tries to get around the group of girls to score a point, while the other team tries to block them.

"You can relate it to rugby or football, but without as much padding, so I have some bruises here," Elton said.

One player even suffered a concussion.

Team members vary in age from 21 to almost 50. But players say age doesn't make that much of a difference.

"We have a great time, and I have to say it's really great therapy too," Elton said.

And it's a chance for team members to show Grand Forks a sport that's rolling into many towns across the nation.

This Wednesday, the team will have a meet and greet and scrimmage at the Crookston National Guard Armory.

That's from 7 to 9 p.m.

The home game is February 19th at the Alerus Center. You can buy tickets through Ticketmaster or at the Alerus Center.

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