A big crowd decided to give Skyfire a miss on Saturday night and give Rollerderby a go at the AIS Arena.
Sadly the spectacle was a trifle one sided.
Things were a bit odd from the start. Having themed the night “Skate Fatale” as a play on “femme fatale” the lounge band Annie and the Armadillos were meant to be warming up the crowd.
For mine that didn’t really work, there was a notable lack of applause for the band.
And then the Victorian Allstars came out onto the rink. There was a decidedly East German sort of air to them, all very white and long and powerful.
And then the smashing started.
The final scoreline of 67-166 is actually a little misleading.
In the first half the Canberra skaters managed just 17 points. By contrast the VRDL jammer Skate Bush scored 22 points in just one two minute jam.
In the second half the Victorians messed around with letting their blockers have a go at jammer.
It was quite the lesson in the use of offensive blocking.
In short the Victorians were bigger, faster, fitter, with better teamwork, and better tactics.
Hopefully the CRDL can find someone to play next time they can be competitive with.
Here’s some video of the intro: