Roller derby makes impact in Timaru

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Timaru’s first derby experience has thrilled the crowds.
The Timaru Derby Dames played two games at the Southern Trust Events Centre on Saturday, with more than 600 spectators witness to the game.
Spokeswoman Megan Colvill said the event was ‘‘much bigger than we could ever have expected’’.
Roller derby is a full contact sport played by two teams of five members roller skating (on quad skates) in the same direction around a track.
Games last an hour and are called bouts, which consist of two-minute jams.
In the first game against Peowhairangi, the visitors won 267-70.
The second game — Timaru Derby Dames v Living Dead Rollers, was won by the visitors, 230-127.
Colvill said the event attracted guest skaters from the Queenstown Roller Derby League, Dunedin Derby and Otautahi Roller Derby League in Christchurch.
Colvill hoped another tournament would be held in Timaru.
‘‘I’m already thinking of when we can host another one and hopefully many more after that.’’
The Timaru Derby Dames’ next game is the Midland Mayhem tournament in Dunedin at the end of July.
‘‘That will be awesome to play many different teams from all over the South Island for this weekend event.’’
She acknowleged the support of Timaru residents who had helped bring the games here.
‘‘A massive thank you to everyone who was involved over the weekend — the skaters, refs, volunteers, sponsors and all the incredible spectators.
‘‘You were amazing and so tremendously supportive and made the night one to remember.’’