MEAN GIRLS: Valley Vixens showing they mean business (from left) Simone (Monie Bones) Ruhan, Vanessa (Block Ness Monster) Brady and Alex (Lightening McScream) Zaicew.
MEAN GIRLS: Valley Vixens showing they mean business (from left) Simone (Monie Bones) Ruhan, Vanessa (Block Ness Monster) Brady and Alex (Lightening McScream) Zaicew. John Gass Tweroller

Vixens keen after Clarence clash

A TWEED roller derby team expects a big hit-out in a fairly even contest with Clarence Valley this weekend.

The competition is part of a North Coast Derby Coalition double-header tomorrow night.

The Tweed Valley Rollers' representative team Valley Vixens will be taking on Clarence Valley, while Byron Bay will host Coffs Harbour at Epic Skate in Tweed Heads South.

Valley Vixens player Alexandra Zaicew, who is known on the rink as Lightning McScream, said the team would have to be on its game to win.

"It's all about teamwork and communication," Ms Zaicew said. "You have to communicate well and keep together or you will just get broken apart."

Ms Zaicew said the team trained together three times a week and the girls were like a

second family.

"We have had a fair few people come and go, but we do work

together well," she said.

Valley Vixens are playing in the North Coast Derby Coalition, which includes teams from Clarence Valley (Yamba), Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Tweed Heads and Byron Bay.

"This will be our first game against Clarence Valley," Ms Zaicew said.

The bout at Epic Skate will be the second inter-league completion held at the venue after a successful inaugural event in May that attracted more than 300 spectators.

While the roots of the sport are in Austin, Texas, roller derby has become one of the fastest-growing women's sports in the world, not only for its dynamic appeal, but also sub-cultural influences.



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