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All Girl Roller Derby

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by Laura Marshall (subscribe)
Brisbane, born and bred.
Published October 28th 2009
What do you get when you put fishnet tights, roller skates and cheesy music together? No, it's not the Rocky Horror Picture Show; it's the all girl roller derby!

Once a month, at the Beenleigh Sports Arena, the girls from the Liquorice Short Shorts and the Golden Roughs don their skates and take to the rink in a battle that is as entertaining as it is confusing! Thankfully, everyone is presented with a program on arrival that outlines the basic rules and, after close examination, the general gist of the sport goes something like this. There is one team member known as the jammer (this is a different girl for every 'jam', as rounds are called). The jammer starts from behind a pack that includes girls from both teams, and is tasked with the job of making it around the rink, and through the other girls, unscathed. The girls from the opposing team must try and stop her from getting through, while her teammates try to help her get through. Mayhem and madness ensues!

The girls may look innocent enough in their cute outfits and makeup, but there is nothing tame about these girls. This is especially evident in some of their roller derby names: Slawta Dawta, Nicky Knockout and Annie Seizure, to name a few. They are not afraid to use the full weight of their bodies, with an emphasis on shoulder charging, to make sure the other team's jammer doesn't make it through: this is definitely not a non-contact sport! At least one girl hits the floor every jam and it was no surprise to see a number of girls on the sidelines wearing casts.

There is a new bout on every month, so check out the Sun State Roller Girls website for details. The easiest way to get to the Beenleigh Arena is to catch the train to Beenleigh station and take a short walk from there to the arena.

The roller derby is a great night out for young and old. There is food and alcohol on sale, as well as market stalls and the all-important merchandise stand. Choose your team, buy a badge pledging your allegiance and get ready for carnage!
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Why? Girls playing rough in roller skates - why not?
When: Once a month
Where: Beenleigh Sports Arena, 2-10 Milne Street
Cost: $10 for adults; $8 concession
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