ON A ROLL: Northern Rivers Roller Derby girls in their new pink and black uhiforms are gearing up for their next home game this weekend in Lismore.
ON A ROLL: Northern Rivers Roller Derby girls in their new pink and black uhiforms are gearing up for their next home game this weekend in Lismore.

Hell on Wheels at Lismore Skating Rink

LISMORE Skating Rink is gearing up for another bout of all-girl full-contact roller derby this weekend when Northern Rivers Roller Derby (NRRD) league take on Tasmania's South Island Sirens (SIS). This Saturday, October 27 will see NRRD's Battlestar Girlacticas battle it out for derby supremacy against SIS's team The Krakens.

Spectators are encouraged to dress up in the Halloween theme of 'Hell on Wheels' and the best dressed will win some great prizes. The doors open at 6pm and tickets cost $12 plus booking fee from Music Bizarre in Lismore. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for $15.

According to NRRD player Twisted Nikkers, the local derby league is getting a reputation for being a strong competition and is attracting other teams from around the nation who want to compete against them.

"In the last two years since we started the league, we have improved and have beaten every team in the North Coast Derby Coalition and now we are looking to play against some of the higher ranked teams that have been around longer," Ms Nikkers said.

"In the recent Queensland A-grade tournament, the Tropicarnage Cup, NRRD took part in two games. We won the game against Tweed Heads, but lost to North Brisbane Rollers (NBR) who are ranked number three in Australia. Playing against some of the higher ranked teams means we have to step up our game and see where we can improve.

"When we played NBR we learned we should be more relentless in our attack, not letting them control the speed of the game. We have changed our tactics and are working on speed, recovery and blocking; creating stronger walls to stop the opposing jammers getting past.

"One of my favourite moments in the NBR game was when our jammer Sydeshow Ali scored 20 points. It was the first time she had jammed for us."


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