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Melbourne Roller Derby

August 30, 2014 Event Everyday


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.



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!



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



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!



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.



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!


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
    August 31, 2014 at 12:34 am

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

  • Natalie Mulford
    August 31, 2014 at 1:35 am

    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?

  • Nerd Burger
    August 31, 2014 at 6:56 am

    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.

  • Natalie Mulford
    September 1, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    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
    September 1, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    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…