Fierce competition expected at State roller derby tournament

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Geraldton’s Sin City Rollers are ready to crush the competition at Boom State Clash this weekend in Albany.
Camera IconGeraldton’s Sin City Rollers are ready to crush the competition at Boom State Clash this weekend in Albany. Credit: Francesca Mann

Geraldton’s only roller derby team, the Sin City Rollers, will head to Albany this weekend for what could be their toughest two games this year.

The Sinners will go up against State team WA Roller Derby and Perth Roller Derby in round 2 of Boom State Clash — the State roller derby tournament.

While the competition will be fierce, Geraldton Roller Derby League president Lisa “Miss T Fire” Keeffe said they could not wait to hit the track.

“We’re really excited to have the opportunity to play,” she said.

“In the past we may have only got in a couple of bouts each year, if we even had a team, so this is really huge for us.

“We’re also feeling pretty happy that we can field a team, as other smaller regional leagues weren’t able to field a team this round.”

The Sin City Rollers are one of six teams from around the State competing in the second round of the tournament, hosted by the Albany Roller Derby League at The Track.

In March, the Geraldton league hosted round 1 in Dongara.

While the Geraldton girls aren’t expecting a win during their 1640km round trip this weekend, Keeffe said they looked forward to putting their training to good use.

“We’re trying to work on our mental preparation so we can enjoy the game and focus on our team goals,” she said.

“We are quite an inexperienced league but there’s no complete newbies this time round.”

The Sin City Rollers train three times a week in Chapman Valley.

Keeffe said they were still looking for their permanent home and had been investigating their options to co-locate with other sporting clubs.

“The Government is looking favourably on sporting organisations that co-locate and funding is available for those willing to do so,” she said.

“In Perth there was a struggling bowls club who gave up one of their greens to an in-line hockey club and the club has been re-invigorated.”

Geraldton will clash with WARD on Saturday at 2pm before going up against Perth on Sunday at 9am.

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