Tough test for derby team

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

THE Whit­sun­day Roller Derby League sent a team to com­pete against the state’s best last week­end.

Hosted by the Towns Vil­lains Roller Derby League, the tour­na­ment saw 10 teams from as far as Alice Springs, Dar­win, Cairns, Rock­hamp­ton and the Cen­tral High­lands go head-to-head in Townsville for North Queens­land’s big­gest bian­nual roller derby com­pe­ti­tion.

The Air­lie Beach Trash­bags team played five games over the course of the week­end, fac­ing three of the top four ranked teams.

De­spite bat­tling ad­ver­sity and sea­soned op­po­si­tion, the girls played strongly and co­he­sively.

As a rel­a­tively new team with only a small play­ing group, the com­pe­ti­tion was im­pressed by the stan­dard de­liv­ered by the Air­lie team, led by new­comer Han­nah ‘Hol­ly­wood’ Wood – who started the sport less than five months ago.

“Han­nah showed in­cred­i­ble ded­i­ca­tion and en­thu­si­asm on the week­end and proved how re­ward­ing it is when you re­ally ded­i­cate your­self to the sport,” head coach Chris­tine ‘Boss in Boots’ Cleary said.

“She vol­un­teered to go out as the jam­mer (point scorer) for our first game against one of the top teams. We’re all so proud of her.”

Han­nah scored lead jam­mer more than once and added points onto the board in her first week­end in skates.

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