Roller rivals face off in local derby

THE Yamba-based Clarence Valley Roller Derby League will participate in its debut bout when they take on the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls at Coffs Harbour on Saturday, October 29.

Played on quad skates, with two teams of five skaters on an oval track, the aim of roller derby is to score more points then the opposing team.

Each team's 'jammer' (identified by a star on her helmet), scores points by legally passing members of the opposing team.

The Coffs Coast Derby Dolls, a year-old league based in Coffs Harbour, will also make their debut in the MonStar Smash showdown at Sportz Central on October 29.

Their team is the Voodoo Dolls and they will be playing against the LockNess Lassies from the Clarence Valley Roller Derby League.

"You will experience a night full of hard hits, fast spills, great half time entertainment, and an all-round fun night for all the family," said "CC Quick Kill" one of the Coffs Coast Derby Dolls.

"If you've never seen, or heard of, roller derby, then this is the night for you."

The Voodoo Dolls will take on the LockNess Lassies in the opening bout of the night before two of the sports more established outfits do battle.

The Brisbane City Rollers team, the Punk Blockers, will take on Western Sydney Rollers outfit the Boutlaws.

The two local clubs are also very keen to see new leagues start up around NSW.

They have suggested that those who attend the MonStar Smash and think that roller derby is a sport for them should talk with the league members to find out how to get involved.

A mother of four, 'CC Quick Kill' said she joined roller derby because she was looking to get fit.

"I was looking for something that would be great exercise, and I skated a lot as a kid," she said.

"So when we heard a league was starting, it was something my friends and I didn't want to miss out on. It's fun for everybody."

MonStar Smash will also feature a performance from Coffs Harbour band Smash Mystery who entered this year's Unearthed competition on radio station Triple J and finished in the top 10.

The Coffs Coast Community Circus will perform during the half-time breaks and there will be market stalls, face painting, temporary tattoos, raffles and a best dressed MonStar competition.

This is a family-friendly and alcohol-free event.

Tickets are $10 and are available from eDegrees, Evolve, and Sportz Central, or $12 at the door and online (from www.coffscoastderbydolls.com).

Kids under seven are free. Doors open at 6.30pm.



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