Derby double header coming to Airlie Beach
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.