Derby dou­ble header com­ing to Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Air­lie Beach Trash­bags roller derby team have an­nounced a sec­ond lo­cal roller derby event to take place at the Whit­sun­day PCYC on Satur­day, Novem­ber 16.

There will be two games played, with skaters from all over North Queens­land mak­ing up the four teams.

The first game, kick­ing off at 2pm, will fea­ture lo­cal skaters from the Air­lie Beach Trash­bags and guests from neigh­bour­ing leagues in another pink ver­sus blue bout.

In the sec­ond game, the Beef City Brawlers from Rock­hamp­ton will take on the Table­lands Roller Derby girls.

Th­ese two teams rarely get the chance to play against each other due to dis­tance, but Air­lie Beach is the per­fect half­way meet­ing point for a chal­lenge.

Bout or­ga­nizer Chris­tine ‘Boss in Boots’ Cleary was ex­cited to be able to show­case the fast-grow­ing sport of roller derby in Air­lie Beach.

“The Rocky and Table­lands girls rarely get a chance to play each other, yet the teams are quite well matched. We’re very pleased to be able to of­fer them a venue to play in, and can’t wait to see who takes out the win on the night,” she said.

Cleary said that the dou­ble header event means that, for the first time, there will be two hours of solid roller derby ac­tion in Air­lie Beach.

“Spec­ta­tors are in­vited to come and watch on the af­ter­noon of Novem­ber 16 to find out why roller derby is the fastest grow­ing women’s sport in the world right now. Ticket sales in­for­ma­tion will be re­leased via our Face­book page,” she said.

Coach Christina ‘ Storm Surge’ Un­ter­wurzacher said that they were very thank­ful for the sup­port of the PCYC.

“We’re so grate­ful to the Whit­sun­day PCYC for their on­go­ing sup­port, but we need a larger venue to be able to host a big­ger crowd for bouts such as this. Some bouts in Syd­ney at­tract up­wards of 3,000 peo­ple, and we will be lim­ited to un­der 200 at the PCYC,” she said.

“We need quite a wide safety lane around the track, to en­sure safety of the play­ers and ref­er­ees, and to try to pre­vent a derby girl from land­ing in the lap of a spec­ta­tor when she gets pushed off the track.”

Au­di­ence mem­bers will­ing to risk hav­ing a derby girl land in their lap should bring a cush­ion and get a front row seat on the floor in what is af­fec­tion­ately known as the sui­cide seat­ing.

To stay up to date with game news, fol­low the Air­lie Beach Trash Bags on Face­book at www.face­book.com/Air­lieBeachTrash­Bags.

DERBY GIRLS: Air­lie Beach Trash­bags Cathy ‘Puk Her Up’ Pukallus, Lucy ‘Dr Lu­cid’ Sawyer, Chris­tine ‘Boss in Boots’ Cleary and Paola ‘Pink Pi­ranha’ Miglior­ini are ex­cited ahead of their team's home meet on Novem­ber 16.

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