Roller Derby best do battle in public at Easter

THEIR fast and furious training days and scrimmages are usually closed to the public but this Easter, Bass Hill-based Sydney Roller Derby League will co-host their first ever major Women’s Flat Track Derbt Association (WFTDA) international rankings tournament ‘Get Sanctioned Eggstravaganza’ at the Dunc Gray Velodrome with all welcome to attend and cheer on the local team.

Convenor James Armstrong said they’d invited interstate and international leagues to smash out some sanctioned games against one another, ahead of the inaugural WFTDA Regional Championships for the Oceania Region in Adelaide later this year with players then eligible to fight for a spot in the Global Championships in the USA.
“Everyone will be looking to boost their points and stats across the long weekend and in what will be a first for Sydney,” he said.
With 13 games to take place from Friday, March 29, to Sunday, March 31, from 10am-8pm, each game is two 30-minute periods.
Teams consists of one player who scores points (called a ‘jammer’), and four players (‘blockers’) who simultaneously play defence and offence to help their jammer score and stop the opposing team’s jammer from scoring.
“Players wear protective gear to deliver full body blocks and big hits to opposing team members,” James said.
“There are many strategies and advantages to different body types and skating styles in the sport – no team is quite the same, it’s going to be an action-packed weekend.”
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