Skaters shine in Gladstone
A GROUP of roller derby players have put Airlie Beach on the map, representing the region at Gladstone’s Epic Scrim.
The annual event hosts skaters from all over Queensland and this year Whitsunday was represented by Belle ‘Bellefire’ Ryan, Christine ‘Boss in Boots’ Cleary, Tessa ‘Evil Sinders’ Fagan, Heather ‘Blame Canada’ Knight and Lucy ‘Dr Lucid’ Sawyer.
In addition to a weekend of coaching clinics and practice matches, Gladstone also hosted a co-ed derby game in which all five Whitsunday girls participated.
Tessa was bench manager while Heather kept score, leaving the remaining three girls to help Muff N Men to a thrilling 167-163 victory over the Gladstone Haul Stars.
“The Haul Stars were leading at half time by almost 50 points,” Heather explained.
“As officials we’re not supposed to cheer, but it was too exciting not to cheer some of the excellent plays made by both teams.
“The Muff N Men made a huge comeback to win it in the last jam. It was incredible to watch.”
For those interested in learning to skate, Retro Skate hosts lessons for beginners on Sunday mornings.
For more information visit the Trashbags’ Facebook page.
GAME ON: Airlie Beach Trashbags' Tessa Fagan and Heather Knight were two of five players who represented Whitsunday in Gladstone at the weekend.