Derby team wel­comes new faces

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Air­lie Beach Trash­bags fresh meat in­for­ma­tion ses­sion on Sun­day saw 10 new skaters come down to give roller derby a try.

Nine girls and one guy donned skates and hel­mets and were put through their paces by head coach Alyssa ‘Jessica Ram­mit’ Cu­tuli.

“I was ac­tu­ally quite im­pressed that most of them could skate al­ready, we weren’t ex­pect­ing that. We were fully ex­pect­ing that we were go­ing to have to teach them how to skate first,” Alyssa said.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited to see th­ese skaters go through the 14 week pro­gram and in­vite them to be­come Trash­bags and refs so we can grow our lit­tle club,” she said.

It’s not too late to join in the fun, in­ter­ested peo­ple can still con­tact Alyssa on ab­trash­bags@hot­mail.com or via the Face­book page at www.face­book.com/Air­lieBeachTrashbags and ex­press in­ter­est.

The fresh meat pro­gram takes place ev­ery Sun­day morn­ing from 10-12pm at the Whit­sun­day PCYC. There are skates to try on at the PCYC for men and women in most sizes.

The next game that the Trash­bags are com­pet­ing in is on Satur­day, Septem­ber, 7 in Townsville, where five of the Trash­bags have been in­vited to skate with lo­cal Townsville team, The Slaugh­ter- ers against the Cairns Derby Dolls.

The Townsville club has been very sup­port­ive of the Air­lie Beach club, send­ing coaches and ref­er­ees to Air­lie Beach to teach the lo­cal girls on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

This in­vi­ta­tion to play on one of the Townsville teams is a sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion and the five skaters who have earned the priv­i­lege are Bowen’s Belle ‘Belle­fire’ Ryan, Proser­pine’s Chris­tine “Boss in Boots” Cleary, and from Air­lie Beach Heather ‘Blame Canada’ Knight, Hay­ley ‘Gretchen Wheel­ers’ Waugh and Alyssa ‘Jessica Ram­mit’ Cu­tuli.

Chris­tine and Belle will also be ref­er­ee­ing on the night.

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