Fishnets fly for Ipswich roller girls

Tari Bowling ‘Sweet Meat’, Penny Glasswell ‘Penergy’, Nia Christy ‘Alison Chainsaw’ and Rachel Mackie ‘Demolition Girl’ prepare for upcoming roller derby bout.
Tari Bowling ‘Sweet Meat’, Penny Glasswell ‘Penergy’, Nia Christy ‘Alison Chainsaw’ and Rachel Mackie ‘Demolition Girl’ prepare for upcoming roller derby bout. Claudia Baxter

IPSWICH roller girls have a message for Gold Coast’s derby league: You better be quaking in your fishnets.

Ipswich’s roller derby league – Brisbane City Rollers – has been working its collective butts off in preparation for their very first interleague competition, or “bout”, against Gold Coast Roller Derby this month.

Roller derby is a fast-paced, full-contact sport which requires speed strategy and athleticism – and while it is traditionally women-only, Ipswich’s league also accepts male skaters.

The game involves a fair sprinkling of spectacle and plenty of fishnet stockings but skaters must also have a high level of fitness and agility to weave through the pack on quad skates.

Tari “Sweet Meat” Bowling, 31, said members of the Ipswich and Gold Coast leagues had skated on the same side during previous show bouts.

But Ms Bowling said there was still a healthy amount of friendly rivalry between the leagues.

“Expect the unexpected because no one’s ever seen us officially bout before,” she said.

Penny “Penergy” Glasswell, 24, said both leagues would “bring it” to the bout on May 29.

“Both leagues are going to be out to justify our place in Queensland roller derby,” Miss Glasswell said.

Rachel “DemolitionGirl” Mackie, 36, said BCR was currently looking for a bouting venue in the Ipswich and Brisbane areas so the league could hold local bouts.

Ms Bowling said derby girls came from a wide range of backgrounds and the sport was rapidly attracting new fans.

“Recent bouts that are not heavily advertised have 4000 people turning up and they’re turning people away,” she said.

The bout – Shove Thy Neighbour – will be held at Carrara Sports Complex at the Gold Coast on Saturday, May 29.

Tickets, available on the door, cost $10 for adults and kids aged under 12 enter free.

BCR’s next “freshmeat” intake for new skaters is on May 23 from 4.45pm at Bundamba Skateaway.

On a roll ...

Roller derby was invented in the 1930s and evolved from marathon races.

The sport’s popularity was at an all-time high in the 60s and 70s when competitions were broadcast on TV.

Roller derby was revived in Texas and has swept across the US and Australia.

The Ipswich stamp fair has it all licked

RARE METAL: Dave Roberts with his aluminium Tongan stamps from 1965.

Ipswich stamp fair will feature rare and unusual stamps

Culture feast brightens city

COLOUR: This year's Diwali Festival was a hit.

Diwali Festival embraces happiness and joy

LETTER Monty Python circus with squirrels marrying squirrels

Squirrel in Yellowstone National Park during summer.  - User Contributed

God help us with the current crop of egomaniacs in Canberra

Local Partners

Top floor teams take out The Block's terrace week

Kim and Chris pictured on their winning outdoor terrace in a scene from The Block.

RIVALS Kim and Chris and Julia and Sasha tie in final week of work.

Bob Dylan slammed as 'arrogant' for Nobel silence

Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan.

Singer the controversial winner of literature Nobel

Shannen Doherty reveals fear of dying in post on chemo

Actor Shannen Doherty shared this image of her lying in a hospital bed after a chemotherapy session.

Actor has been fighting cancer since 2015

Eddie Redmayne's stage fright on latest Harry Potter film

Actor Eddie Redmayne stars in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Actor felt like kid again when he got to film with a wand

Salma Hayek: 'Trump planted story because I turned him down'

Actor Salma Hayek is the latest woman who says U.S presidential nominee Donald Trump acted inappropriately.

Salma Hayek latest woman to accuse Trump of misconduct

Brisbane snake catcher shows who's the Boss

Brisbane snake catcher Julia Baker returns in season two of Snake Boss.

Hit show Snake Boss is back for another season

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track