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Melbourne Roller Derby

August 30, 2014

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When I was down in Melbourne, a couple of awesome friends invited me to come along and see a Roller Derby match. I jumped at the chance. Apart from watching ‘Whip it’ years ago, I didn’t know anything really about Roller Derby. A few people I knew when I was in Adelaide had joined teams, but being such a recluse at that time, I never went to see any games.

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I’m SO GLAD I went though, cause it’s pretty amazing! I didn’t really understand anything until part way through the 2nd game, even after being given a pamphlet will all the info on it. While it’s a very stop & start game, it’s also very fast paced. Sometimes I felt scared to blink in case I missed something!

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The games I watched were between the Gold Lions vs WestSide Glory. Then Queen Bees vs Bloody Marys.

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I don’t know how they do it. Yes, I know they get taught the right way to fall/land, but I also know I am such a big wuss that if I came down on that floor like some of those ladies did, I’d be sitting there crying. They are some strong and capable ladies!

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They also have some pretty amazing names! DaClaire Da Pain, GoldiBlocks, Green Eggs & Slam, Slippery Nicholls, Mad Eye Murphy, Β Carmen Attcha and, uh, Crotch Candy. Just to name a few.

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Roller Derby seems to be growing in popularity, and Victoria seems to have a large following. If you have any bouts in your area, i’d really recommend you go. It’s a great night of fun, and family friendly!

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And I’ll leave you with the VRDL Queen Bees doing the dance from ‘Bring it on’.

Have you been to a roller derby game before? What did you think?

 

  • Michelle

    Never been, looks like smashing fun! What would your roller derby name be?

  • Oh gosh, I’m not sure!! I know I just couldn’t do it though, not only am I too much of a wuss, if I had to purposly smash into someone, I’d probably stop and apologise! Im way too timid!
    What would yours be?

  • So rad to hear that you had fun at the Derby. I am a massive fan and at one stage was all lined up to join a team in Canberra but I had too much work to commit.

  • While I love skating, and I’m good at it, no way could I play derby! πŸ˜› I’ll be happy helping out with scoring and such. But it so fun to watch and a really empowering game to see!

  • Nessbow

    I’ve always wanted to go to a roller derby match. i used to play roller hockey back in the day, and I’d love to give derby a shot. My skating skills are pretty rusty though…