ROUGH STUFF: Bay Rollers players in action against the Sun State Roller Girls last year. The Bay Rollers are back in action for 2013 against Gold Coast rivals later this month.
ROUGH STUFF: Bay Rollers players in action against the Sun State Roller Girls last year. The Bay Rollers are back in action for 2013 against Gold Coast rivals later this month. Gavin Kelly

Bay is ready to roll for crunching Coast clash

WE are ready to go.

That is the emphatic message from the fired-up Bay Rollers as they prepare to get their 2013 campaign in the bone-crunching sport of roller derby under way.

An exciting match is in prospect first up, with the Byron Bay side taking on the Gold Coast.

Club secretary Emma Moses said players were in great shape for the contest later this month.

"Everyone is really excited and cannot wait to get started," she said.

"The team is looking strong and has been training hard."

The match is the second for the side at its new home at the Byron Regional Sport and Cultural Complex in Ewingsdale Rd.

The match is the latest big moment for the club in the fast-rising sport, which features some eye-catching actions.

Games, or bouts as they are known, see two teams skating round the rink trying to stop opponents from completing a lap.

As well as the fast and furious action, players don alternative names during matches as part of the contest.

Moses, who goes by the moniker of Crystal Beth, during contests, said bouts provided eye-catching fun.

"It is fun and exciting to watch," she said. "There is also the theatrical aspect of it all too.

"I think there is also something intriguing about seeing a group of women skating and bumping into each other."

The 39-year-old married mother-of-two said there was also more to the sport than meets the eye.

"We have been working on the strategic side of things during the off-season," she said.

"There has been some rule changes during the off-season designed to make things faster.

"We have been working on playing more intelligently."

Moses, who took up roller derby about two years ago after watching a bout, said she was enjoying participating in the sport.

"I just got swept away by it," she said. "I went home, ordered a pair of skates and it went from there.

"There is something about the sport that gets your blood pumping.

"I think we will go awesomely well this season.

"It should be a lot of fun."

Doors for the contest on Saturday, March 23, open at 6pm.

The match starts at 6.30pm.

Roll up!

For more information and tickets, visit thebayrollers.oztix.com.au or bayrollers.com.



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