Derby Dames back in the action

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Rolling back .. Timaru Derby Dames members Mick Chicken (front left) and Betty Brawler head back to the bench, while competing against the Living Dead Rollers from Christchurch in Timaru last June. The Timaru roller derby team will host the Otautahi Roller Derby League next month. PHOTO: COURIER FILES

by Rachael Comer

Timaru is to host roller derby once again.
Timaru Derby Dames will host the Otautahi Roller Derby League, from Christchurch, at the Southern Trust Events Centre on May 6, in a game which promises plenty of action, fast-paced play and entertainment.
More than 600 people turned out to watch last year’s first roller derby clash in Timaru.
Timaru Roller Derby manager Megan “Megasaurus” Colvill said last year’s success had prompted the Timaru match.
“The last one was so successful. It’s good for the community, and we wanted to host Otautahi, as they hosted us last year for a game, and we want to play more roller derby.”
Colvill said there would be several changes this time.
“It’ll be shorter as there is just the one game this time; two 30-minute halves.
“Doors open at 6pm, the first whistle is at 7pm, so should all be done by about 8.30pm, roughly.”
The Timaru Derby Dames had had a busy few months.
“We have been playing lots ..
“Since last year we have played in Dunedin, Whanganui and Christchurch. We have also had girls travel to Nelson to play up there, to Auckland and Tauranga for training, and we have five girls going to Dunedin to play with them [the Dunedin team] on April 22.”
The league ran a freshmeat – the term given to aspiring roller derby players – intake in July last year.
“The group’s next freshmeat intake is on July 10 and males and females are invited to take part.”
Tickets are available from 2Stags Cafe and South Canterbury Toyota, through www.facebook.com/Timarurollerderby or on the door.


CHANCE TO WIN
The Courier has a family pass (two adults and three children) to give away to the Timaru Derby Dames clash against Otautahi Roller Derby League at the Southern Trust Events Centre on May 6.
To go in the draw, answer the following question:
What is the term given to aspiring roller derby players?
Write your answer, along with your name, address and daytime phone number, on the back of an envelope and post to:
Courier, PO Box 179, Timaru
or email your answer and details to rachael.comer@timarucourier.co.nz
Please put “Roller Derby Competition” in the subject line.
Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, May 2.