Roller girls to battle in Europe
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.