Tough test for derby team
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.