Derby stars to face off in epic 3-round clash

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

ROLLER DERBY

DERBY teams across North Queens­land are get­ting ready to rum­ble in Air­lie Beach for three epic games of roller derby next Satur­day, April 26.

Teams from Cairns, Rock­hamp­ton and Bund­aberg will travel to Air­lie Beach to face off against each other in a fast­paced show­down on wheels.

Air­lie Beach will take on the Rum City Derby Dolls from Bund­aberg at 3pm.

In Fe­bru­ary, the Air­lie Beach Trash­bags beat the Beef City Brawlers from Rock­hamp­ton.

This time, Rock­hamp­ton will play off against Cairns Derby Dolls at 5pm.

The win­ners of both games will then take to the track once more for an epic fi­nale at 7pm.

Air­lie Beach Trash­bags skater Christina Un­ter­wurzacher said roller derby had been de­scribed as “a com­bi­na­tion of rugby and chess, while some­one is throw­ing bricks at you”.

Roller derby is played on quad roller skates by two teams of five skaters each.

Skaters race around the track try­ing to score points, while pre­vent­ing the other team from do­ing so with a se­ries of strate­gic body blocks and hard knocks.

Lo­cals are in­vited to come and cheer on their home team at the Whit­sun­day PCYC in Ju­bilee Pocket next Satur­day.

Signs sport­ing the team colours of aqua and hot pink are very wel­come.

Doors open at 2.30pm, and there will be a bar­be­cue and li­censed bar on­site.

The ju­nior derby team will also be putting on a spe­cial fea­ture on the day.

All par­ents, skaters and any­one in­ter­ested in find­ing out more about roller derby which is the fastest-grow­ing women’s sport in the world, are en­cour­aged to at­tend.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the team and skaters, visit www.face­book.com/Air­lieBeachTrash­bags.

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