Geraldton’s Sin City Rollers ready to rock’n’roll in derby clash

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian

Geraldton’s roller derby squad will often train for no reason.

Travel time and expenses constrict their ability to play in Perth or bouts further south, and a lack of suitable local venues means they cannot host teams.

Sin City Rollers president Lisa Keeffe said Geraldton players would train despite usually having no other teams to compete with.

But not this week.

After a strong pull from local roller-derby organisers, the Sin City Rollers will finally get to strut their stuff against southern teams.

The team is hosting the Mid West Derby Clash in Dongara, one of four stages in a huge State tournament.

Sin City Rollers' Susie Psycho, Danger Mouse and Kiwi Carnage quickly discuss strategy during last year's match against the WayWARDS in Perth.
Camera IconSin City Rollers' Susie Psycho, Danger Mouse and Kiwi Carnage quickly discuss strategy during last year's match against the WayWARDS in Perth. Credit: Kevin Mann

Keeffe said it was the first time something this major had happened in the region and it had finally given her squad a reason to get motivated.

“All but one roller-derby league is participating,” Keeffe said.

“The Sin City Rollers are very excited — it’s a really good feeling to have a reason to train hard, it’s a bit more motivating for the team.”

The derby clash will be held at Irwin Recreation Centre on Saturday, March 2, and Sunday, March 3.

Keeffe encouraged residents to make the trip to Dongara to watch the tournament, which she said may very well be their only chance to have a look at how the unusual sport was played.

“It’s certainly an interesting spectator sport,” she said.

The Sin City Rollers currently train in Chapman Valley, but they’re on the hunt for a venue in Geraldton so they can host teams and travel shorter distances to train.

“The Chapman Valley courts are good but not quite big enough to host a bout,” Keeffe said. “We’re still looking for our dream home.”

The clash will start at 3pm on Saturday at Irwin Recreation Centre in Dongara.

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