Roller girls to bat­tle in Europe

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

PERTH’S roller derby girls will be the only Aus­tralians tack­ling the Women’s Flat Track Derby As­so­ci­a­tion Euro­pean Con­ti­nen­tal Cup when the side heads to the an­nual tour­na­ment in Fin­land in Oc­to­ber.

“It’s the great ca­ma­raderie you get out of be­ing in a team, it’s em­pow­er­ing and per­son­ally I like hit­ting some­body,” Perth Roller Derby vice-pres­i­dent Natasha Thor­son, AKA ‘Min­nie Screw­driver’, said.

It is the first time a WA side has taken on the Euro­peans and they con­sider them­selves un­der­dogs be­cause of the reg­u­lar­ity with which their in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion plays.

Thornsen said they had been told the teams to watch were the Dublin Roller Derby and Helsinki’s Kal­lio Rolling Rain­bow.

Roller derby is a full­con­tact in­door sport on roller skates bat­tled by women who take on hu­mor­ous com­pe­ti­tion names.

Perth Roller Derby’s 15mem­ber West Coast Evils team won the right to com­pete in the Con­ti­nen­tal Cup af­ter beat­ing teams rated 100th to 50th in the world at a US tour­na­ment in 2018.

The Euro­peans could be tougher so they are pre­par­ing with three ses­sions on their skates each week.

Thor­son said money was tight and PRD mem­bers were vol­un­teer­ing to help fund the trip.

Do­na­tions can be made at www.gofundme.com/ evil­sto­helsinki.

Fremantle’s Felic­ity ‘Mol­lie Tov’ Townsend (sec­ond from right) with team­mates Jes­sica ‘Betty Yoko­suka’ Hill, Natalie ‘Faye Tal­ity’ Pym and Bassendean’s Candice ‘Fren­zal’ Amonini.

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