Four local roller derby teams will go head to head in the first double header of the North Coast Derby Coalition in 2013 on Saturday 4 May in Byron Bay.
The Bay Rollers are set to take on the 2012 champions Northern Rivers Roller Derby from Lismore, while the Tweed Valley Rollers will do battle with their southern sisters from Coffs Coast Roller Derby.
The new home ground of the Bay Rollers at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex on Ewingsdale Rd has already been host to a number of roller derby games; however, this is the first time a double header will be played.
‘Double headers are great for people to come and watch because there will be four different styles of roller derby skills and strategy on display,’ says Freeky Peeky, president of the Bay Rollers. ‘It doesn’t matter if you’ve never watched roller derby before because it’s such an entertaining sport and it doesn’t take long to work out.’
The North Coast Derby Coalition was formed in 2011 to give roller derby teams from the northern rivers region a local competition to play in.
Roller derby is the fastest-growing women’s sport in Australia with over 80 leagues across the country. A fast-paced game played on roller skaters, players using their bodies to put effective blocks on the opposition while assisting their own team members.
The Bay Rollers are looking forward to welcoming fans old and new to the derby. Get rolling at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex. Doors open at 5.30pm – game one, the Bay Rollers v Northern Rivers Roller Derby, is at 6pm and game two, Coffs Coast Derby Dolls v Tweed Valley Rollers starts at 7.45pm.