Yamba women Robyn Cuming and Kirra Muegge lead their teams.
Yamba women Robyn Cuming and Kirra Muegge lead their teams.

Clash of the Tartans at derby

THEY ought to rename the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre the Roller Derby Arena after another big turnout for the Clash of the Tartans event on Saturday night.

A crowd of more than 500 watched the Sun State Roller Girls take to Yamba for the display competition which is sure to attract even larger numbers to the Clarence Valley Roller Derby League (CVRDL).

In a sign of things to come, the size of the walk-up crowd showed both the gaining momentum of roller derby and of women’s sport in the Valley.

CVRDL publicity officer Kelly Martini was delighted with the event.

“It ended up being a real family affair,” she said.

“It went off without a hitch and everyone had a great time.

“A lot of people got to understand what derby was about.”

The night started with the Sun State Girls, who travelled from Beenleigh in Queensland for the event, holding a demonstration bout before the CVRDL were welcomed onto the court by bagpipes.

“It put all that training of ours into perspective,” Martini said.

“It was great to get out there and show what we could do.”

Martini said she hoped the CVRDL would be able to hold its own competition later this year with membership numbers still rising.

For more information on the CVRDL or to join contact Jade Simpson on 0432 489 974 or 6645 5568.



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