NOT many visiting sports teams suffer the full force of a hip and shoulder blow from their hosts, but that is precisely why Melbourne's roller derby players have made the journey west for WA’s first ever interstate roller derby bout.
Hosted by the State's youngest league WA Roller Derby, Across the Skate Divide will pit the local skaters against Melbourne’s South Sea Roller Derby at Midvale’s Speed Dome on July 16.
League president Liz “Whisky Sour” Beresford said the full-contact sport was fast paced and physical, but the skaters were all good friends after the final whistle.
“It’s part of the sport, you take big hits from the opposing team but you have a drink with them after the bout,” she said.
“It’s demanding and there’s plenty of bruises and twisted ankles, but the camaraderie and sense of achievement are unlike anything else.”
She said WA Roller Derby’s emphasis was on allowing people to participate in the sport no matter what their ability or where they live.
The league was unusual in that it accepted new skaters throughout the year at Rolloways in O’Connor, Kingsway Indoor Sports Complex in Madeley and a new venue at Billy Dower Youth Centre in Mandurah and all the way out to Kalgoorlie.
“We're not focused on being the best, we’re focused on giving everyone a chance,” she said.
“An added benefit of that is that we seem to have more fun.”
See the skaters in action at the Speed Dome on July 16. Tickets $11 for adults, $6 children available at Talk To Me Derby, Rolloways, Planet Video and online at www.warollerderby.com.au.