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It's fast, furious and feisty. It's all-female, full on, and lots and lots of fun. And it's the only place where you'll find Deadly Long Legs and Hurt Cobain battling it out with Hell Nino and Jam Pants. Welcome to the Canberra Roller Derby League.
Basically, roller derby is a full-on contact sport that involves two teams of five players each skating around in a counter-clockwise direction on a track. A roller derby game, also known as a bout, consists of a series of short mash-ups called 'jams'. Each team appoints a 'jammer' (the player with a star on their helmet) and it's the job of the jammer to lap the members of the other team during a jam. A team tries to stop the jammers of the opposing team while also helping their own jammers get through.
Roller derby began in Chicago, USA in 1935 and is now one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Women make up the bulk of the sport, though there are also male, unisex and junior teams.
The Canberra Roller Derby League is Canberra's premier flat-track roller derby league. Established in 2008, the homegrown league consists of four teams: the Black N Blue Belles, the Surly Griffins, the Red Bellied Black Hearts and the Brindabelters. In addition, a group of the best skaters are chosen to represent Canberra in the national league. The national Canberra team is known as the Vice City Rollers.
There are over 100 skaters in the Canberra Roller Derby League, with some of the cheekiest and sassiest names around, such as Harlot O'Scara, Jam Pants, One Hit Pony, Deadly Long Legs, and Bellistic.
I love watching the roller derby. It's electrifying, action-packed, and lots of fun for the whole family. You won't come across any of those drunken patrons shouting vile abuse at referees and players (even in front of children) that I've come across at other sports matches. Roller derby is absolutely family friendly. There's live entertainment, food and drinks available for purchase, a souvenir stall so you can show your support for your favourite team, and a kids' corner for the little ones who may feel just a little overwhelmed by all the action.
Canberra Roller Derby League bouts are held at the Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong. There are three bouts left in the season: Black N Blue Belles Vs the Surly Griffins July 28 Black N Blue Belles Vs the Red Bellied Black Hearts Sept 15
Surly Griffins Vs the Brindabelters October 13
Tickets cost $15 adults, $7.50 child (children aged under 5 are free), and $30 for Family (2 adults, 2 kids).
If you're intrigued and keen to learn more about roller derby, then grab your tickets and get ready for a huge night of thrills and spills.