Halloween inspires a monster roller-derby brawl
Neighbourly friendships have a whole different meaning in evonia St.
The Western Springs street features a house of professional wrestlers who live directly opposite a house of roller derby skaters.
Now the neighbours are set to get even closer when their two sports collide this weekend for Monster’s Brawl, being held tomorrow night for Halloween.
Hannah Jennings-oykovich, aka Scheisse Minnelli, says there was a sense of inevitability about it when she and licia Nisbet-Smith, known on the track as ucy in Disguise, moved into the house in January.
“We’d been looking at different houses and got here, looked across the road and knew this would be the house we got.”
The pair already knew the wrestlers living across the road but the Monster’s Brawl is the first time the two sports have combined to hold a joint event.
Carlin Budd, also known as ink the Human Bullet, has been living at the house for a year and started prowrestling after completing a stunt-fighting course in Sandringham.
All three also performed at the Armageddon xpo last weekend.
“It was a trial run, a short version of what we’ll be doing on Saturday,” says Carlin.
Carlin is a member of Impact Pro Wrestling and says it’s similar to the wrestling people see on television, with competitors yelling at each other and jumping off the ring ropes.
Hannah has been skating with the Pirate City Rollers for two years and licia has been involved for more than three years.
licia started a few months after the sport was introduced in Auckland when she read an article on roller derby in the Central
eader and saw a poster for the roller derby league.
A friend inspired Hannah to give it a go.
“My clumsiest friend started it and I went along to see her fail.
“She excelled and is still playing in Melbourne now.”
Members from the audience were invited up to skate laps, so she and a couple of young boys put their skates on.
“I cut the track on the inside at the end of the race and the little boy got scared and fell over.
“It looked like I pushed him.”
Despite feeling bad for the boy, she was recruited when she came off the track.
Roller derby teams are made up of five people, four called blockers and one jammer.
Both teams’ blockers take off at the first whistle and then the jammers try to get through the pack and lap the opposite team as many times as possible.
Players aren’t allowed to use their elbows, forearms or hands to block or knock each other over.
“It’s physical, it’s a contact sport,” says licia.
Bruises and knee injuries are the most common wounds and major injuries are rare, she says. “It’s controlled chaos. “It looks like a mess but the rule book is about a centimetre thick,” says Hannah.
“There are very specific things you can and can’t do.” Monster’s Brawl is on at pm at the TelstraClear Pacific vents Centre in Manukau.
Tickets cost 20 for adults and 5 for children and are available from www.ticket direct.co.n .
or more information, see www. monsters-brawl. com, www. piratecityrollers. com or www.impactprowrestling. co.n .
Joining forces: Neighbours, from left: Elicia Nisbet-Smith aka Lucy in Disguise, wrestler Carlin Budd aka Link the Human Bullet and Hannah Jennings-Voykovich aka Scheisse Minnelli are in the Monster’s Brawl Halloween show.