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Roller derby rocks Cavanbah Centre

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The roller derby season kicked off with six teams competing in the second running of the Northern Rivers Revolt held at the Cavanbah centre two weeks ago.

Teams travelled from Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney to complete in the two-day roller derby tournament.

The host team were the River Valley Rollers, who are a combined group of players from both Tweed Valley Rollers and Northern Rivers Rollers, who run the tournament in partnership.

Competitors also included the Killer Bees (Sun State Roller Derby), the Snipers (Sydney Roller Derby League), the Demons (Victorian Roller Derby League), the Nasty Nancies (Brisbane City Rollers), the Bamshees (Inner West Roller Derby) and the River Valley Rollers.

‘The tournament winners were the Nasty Nancies. They won all five of their games, taking the lighthouse trophy from the Sydney Snipers who won it last year and fought hard to try to keep it,’ Lisa ‘BustHer’ O’Leary, tournament coordinator said.

‘There were lots of very tight scorelines making for edge-of-your-seat kind of games, that could have gone either way right till the final whistle.

‘The home team won a respectable three, out of their five games. 

‘The $5 spectator fee helped the tournament raise funds for Friends of the Koala, Lismore,’ she said. 

The Most Valuable Player awards went to Phar Slap, (blocker with the Demons), 96 Sugars (pivot with River Valley Rollers) and Stabby (jammer with the Nasty Nancies).

‘It was a successful tournament all round. We hope to run it again in 2021,’ Lisa said.

The Revolt kicks off the derby season, with other games held mostly in Brisbane, till October, COVID-19 restrictions permitting.


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