These girls bleed plaid — and they are proud of it.

Fishnets, tattoos and bruises will be the norm as the Calgary Roller Derby Association gets back into action this weekend with double the numbers of girls it had last season, according to one of the founders, Scarla Maim.

“It’s grown a lot since we got started when we used to have trouble getting girls out, but it’s becoming a lot more popular now,” Maim said, adding there are now about 70 girls on various teams.

Maim, team captain for the Thrashin’ Lassies, said the girls enjoy playing up their personalities and attitudes for the crowds during bouts, which feature girls on roller skates battling it out for points in teams.

“I don’t know if the girls are a lot different in real life, but when we get out there we really play it up to the maximum.”

B-52 Bella Mama Ro said the girls really enjoy the competition amongst one another.

“For those who have never had the opportunity to see a game, everything is real. Real spills, real thrills,” she said.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. the reigning champion Lassies and their rivals, the Bellas’, will fight it out and encourage Calgarians to come check out the action. For more information, visit www.calgaryrollerderby.com.

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