Saturday's weather quickly changed from hot summer conditions to strong winds and heavy rain in Kindersley. You may have even heard thunder that evening, but it might have not been from the weather outside.
You may have mistaken the loud booms and cracks from what was happening over at the curling rink at the West Central Events Centre.
Women were yelling and hitting the concrete hard that night as the Kindersley Crude Hitters roller derby team skated around the track for their first game of the year. In an invitational scrimmage between Team Black vs Team White, it was the former who narrowly won 119-118.
This was a different home opener for the Crude Hitters, though. The team invited players of all skill levels from other teams in Saskatchewan, such as Moose Jaw and Prince Albert. The Crude Hitters, along with the invitees, were split into two teams for the game.
Saturday night's matchup was still a competitive game for the ladies, but it also gave everyone an opportunity to learn from players who have been a part of the game for many years.
"It gave everybody an opportunity to not only work with people who have experience and advise to give us, but it also challenged us to start working in different positions than we're used to normally playing," said Britenie Georget, who is a player and coach on the Crude Hitters.
"It ends up being really good for us to develop as players."
Making an appearance before the Crude Hitters game was the junior team too. The Ruff Necks participated in a scrimmage to kick the evening off with the kids getting a chance to show off their skills to the crowd on-hand.
Eventually, some of them will be a part of the Crude Hitters once their older and have more experience. Even though the team could use more numbers now, they are still looking forward to setting something up for later this year.
Whether that involves the ladies playing in a full out game or just another scrimmage, Georget and the others are willing to tie up the laces and get back out there soon.
"This scrimmage went so well that if we could pull it off again, I think it would be something our girls would be really interested in," she said. "It was kind of nice to do it with less pressure on the girls. Maybe this will be something in the near future, who knows."
The team is welcoming people who are interested in learning more about the sport of roller derby or the Crude Hitters to contact the team through their Facebook page or speak to a member of the Kindersley Roller Derby Association.