Retro revival on wheels

The Battlestar Girlacticas.
The Battlestar Girlacticas.

The Northern Rivers Roller Derby Battlestar Girlacticas will host their final home bout this weekend before heading off to check out the competition over the border when they compete in the Queensland Roller Derby tournament at Beenleigh next month.

And with leather-clad 70s sensation Suzi Quatro coming to town on Friday, organisers couldn't help themselves and have called this Saturday night's clash with Brisbane's Nasty Nancies 'Devil Skate Drive'.

"We want everyone to come and rock out in their best 70s gear," said NRRD president Jeanti St Clair (aka Thelma Thudd).

It will be the team's final home bout until March next year and Jeanti is hoping to get a big home crowd along to cheer the Battlestar Girlacticas.

"It's a fantastic spectator sport," she said enthusiastically.

They are also hoping to encourage more women to come along to the 'fresh meat' tryouts on Thursday afternoons at 5.30pm at the Lismore Skating Rink. These are generally followed by scrimmage training matches at 7.30pm so you can learn more about the game and see how the skills are put into place.

"This is a great opportunity to show how much fun the game is and what a great community the roller derby community is in the Northern Rivers," she said.

The Devil Skate Drive bout takes place this Saturday, October 15, at 7pm. Doors open at 6.30pm and entry is $12. Tickets are available beforehand at Music Bizarre or

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