This league is here to stay

THE Clarence Valley Roller Derby League is here to stay.

Just ask Jade Simpson. Or read it on her shirt.

“I wear my league shirt around and people often recognise the logo now,” the league president said.

“It’s fantastic. It’s obviously never been in Yamba before but it’s really taking off.”

Fans of the fast-growing sport get another glimpse at why it’s become so popular in such a short space of time at the Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba, on Saturday night.

The Sun State Roller Girls, who finished second in last year’s National Roller Derby Championships in Adelaide, are coming to town for a full-contact exhibition bout, named Clash of the Tartans.

Roller derby is a contact sport played predominantly by women, with competitions referred to as bouts.

They involve two opposing teams, each with blockers and jammers, whose aim is to score more points than the opposing team’s jammer by lapping the other team on the track.

This is, of course, is where blockers come into play. They need to prevent the other team’s jammer from passing them.

“It’s the biggest event we have held and we have got a sister league come and put on a show for us,” Simpson said.

“If you walk around town and ask people about it they say they are coming on Saturday night.

“We have been training for the past six months and have new members joining every week.”

Despite the tough talk and rough appearance, Simpson said there was more to the sport than just body blows.

“There are a lot of ideas going around about what the league is about and the fact it’s very rough,” she said.

“Everyone thinks it’s rough and brutal but there’s a lot of skill as well.

“On Saturday people can expect a lot of contact, maybe a few spills, but high levels of skill.”

The Clash of the Tartans will feature a live band, market stalls, league merchandise and, of course, thrills and spills from the main bout.

There will also be a rocking after-party at the Yamba Shores Tavern.

Contact Simpson on 0432 489 974 or 6645 5568.

Clash of the Tartans

Date: Saturday, March 5

Time: Doors open 6pm, bout starts at 7pm

Venue: Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, 78 Angourie Road, Yamba

Tickets: $10 (under-7s free) $12 online and on the door

Available at https://s.eventarc.com/event/view/2100/tickets/clash-of-the-tartans Raymond Laurie Sports Centre, Yamba Tel: 6646 8822 Yamba Health, Yamba Shopping Centre, Yamba Tel: 6646 1166 Maclean Movie Central, Maclean Tel: 6645 2577 Buckleys Grafton Music, Grafton Tel: 6642 4710

*Please note that this is an alcohol-free event. Alcohol will be available afterwards for those over the age of 18 at the Yamba Shores Tavern.

For further information please contact Kelly Martini on 02 6646 2576

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