Poptop has been down the Roller Derby and sent in this report:
Hi there Riot Overlords
Here are my pics from last night’s Roller Derby bout between the Surly Griffins and the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles.
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Being incredibly vague on the rules, I will not even attempt to describe the play other than to advise the Black and Bluebells trashed the Surly Griffins 243 to 136. That said the bout was exciting, even to the under-informed spectator; I am beginning to be able to follow what is going on and hope that, by the end of the season, I might be able to provide some words on the bout itself.
This was the second bout of the Season and was a sell-out. Buying tickets in advance is becoming a necessity rather than a convenience. With doors opening at 5pm for a 6pm start, we arrived about 4:50 and joined the queue just at the doors to Southern Cross Stadium.
The crowd is motley [partially because a noticeable number had dressed up for StarWars Day], the music loud and crowd pleasing and there is a feeling of being part of the best thing on in Canberra early on a Saturday night. The League is run by and for Roller Derby players and it is difficult not to love a sport that has its tongue so firmly planted in its cheek. Every player has a Derby name, a few memorable ones for me include: Kitten Kaboodle, Dread Herring, Skanky Pants, Mae Q Sqwheel and Harlot O’Scara.
To add to the excitement of this bout, Trick Pole Dancing Studio provided the half time entertainment. As you can see from the pics, some of the pole dancers are also Derby Girls and clearly have more energy than is really sensible.
As the Roller Derby bout is generally finished shortly after 8pm, you have the option of joining the teams at the Southern Cross Club or proceeding on to whatever else you have planned for your evening.
The next Bout is between the Bridabelters and the Surly Griffins on 22 June, at Southern Cross Stadium. Buy your tickets early, I can see that they will become more difficult to get as word gets out about the Canberra Roller Derby League.
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Here’s the slideshow: