Hal­loween in­spires a mon­ster roller-derby brawl

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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.

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