Sirens of Smash on high alert for ri­val Rollers

The Leader (Tasman) - - FRONT PAGE -

Nel­son’s roller derby team are plan­ning a hard-hit­ting at­tack when they meet their South Is­land ri­vals in a grudge match this week­end.

The Nel­son Bays Sirens of Smash will play Christchurch’s Liv­ing Dead Rollers (LDR) on Satur­day.

While LDR is ranked lower than the Sirens in the na­tional ta­ble - in 19th place against the Sirens’ 15th - the Christchurch team won last time the two met.

Cap­tain Fay ‘‘Pre­cious’’ McKen­zie said the Sirens were not un­der­es­ti­mat­ing LDR.

‘‘They have a strong line-up and will be keen to take a home win from us,’’ McKen­zie said.

‘‘They have the ben­e­fit of be­ing part of a big league and of hav­ing more ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers to train with.

‘‘How­ever the Sirens are on top form and ready to play a hard­fought game.’’

She said the Sirens were down a cou­ple of strong play­ers.

‘‘We’ll need to pull some jam­mers from the bench.’’

In roller derby, jam­mers are the point scor­ers who skate around the track try­ing to push their way through a wall of block­ers from the op­pos­ing team and scor­ing a point for each blocker they pass.

Coach Cherie ‘‘Crunch’’ Drum­mond said her play­ers were bring­ing a ‘‘boom, take this’’ ap­proach to the game af­ter beat­ing the Christchurch side re­peat­edly in the past be­fore los­ing to them last Au­gust in the fi­nal of a Dunedin tour­na­ment.

Mcken­zie said spec­ta­tors would ben­e­fit from a new sound sys­tem that was in­stalled at the Tahu­nanui rink in the past week, as in the past the game commentary had been hard to hear.

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