Video: Byron derby girls need help to get to Adelaide comp

Captain of The Bay Rollers, Bec "BB Sting" Miller, said this was the first time the club was invited to the Great Southern Slam tournament.

"We are freaking excited about it," she said.

"The only catch is that it's in Adelaide, so our bout in April will be a fundraiser for the team before the tournament."

The seniors team, called the Byron Sirens, will go up against Brisbane City Rollers Nasty Nancies at their bout in April.

Money raised from ticket sales, the sausage sizzle and raffles will go towards flights, accommodation and entry fees to the Great Southern Slam.

 

Byron Sirens player Kathryn "Kat" Balkin said the tournament would be a great opportunity to go up against different teams.

"It's just doing what we love, going over to play some derby," she said.

"We've also got a tournament at the end of April, called the Royal Rumble, where teams from around the country and New Zealand are playing together."

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams of five members on a circuit track.

On each team there are four blockers and a jammer.

The jammer must make their way through the pack of blockers to score points for that jam.

The bout is made up of as many jams as it takes to get through two 30 minute halves.

"I feel it's similar to American Football where they have set plays and strategies and you reset every two minutes," Byron Sirens player Wendy "World War Wen" Faulkner said.

"So you have these strategies you have to pull out of your head for the next scenario."

Eloise "Ella Basher" Galea said she believed anyone could play roller derby, but it took a bit of patience.

"You've got to cope with the mental side ... but you can break through the mental and physical stress," she said.

"It's just thinking quick, there's a thousand rules and it's hard to get the concept at the beginning."

World War Wen said getting knocked down on the track took a bit of getting used to as well.

"If something bad happens you just have to think that it doesn't matter and keep going," she said.

The Bay Rollers will play at the Cavanbah Centre located on Ewingsdale Rd, Byron Bay, on April 2, against the Nasty Nancies.

Doors open at 6.30pm and tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and kids under five get in free.



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