Jackie ‘Florence Fightingale’ Collins and Sandra ‘N-Sane Beearch’ Summerville get set for the Whipswich Cup roller derby, which has a racing theme.
Jackie ‘Florence Fightingale’ Collins and Sandra ‘N-Sane Beearch’ Summerville get set for the Whipswich Cup roller derby, which has a racing theme. Rob Williams

Whipswich Cup gets set to roll

IPSWICH’S roller derby dolls have been whipping themselves into shape to organise the city’s first public roller derby bout.

Brisbane City Rollers (BCR), who train in Ipswich, will field two teams to fend off the Sunshine and Gold coasts at a jam-packed bout this Sunday.

The Whipswich Cup, held the day after the Ipswich Cup, sports a racing carnival theme.

For the uninitiated, Australian roller derby is typically an all-girl, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates on an oval flat track.

Each team starts with five skaters on the track – four blockers and a “jammer” who scores points.

The Sunshine Coast’s Coastal Assassins Roller Derby (CARD) and BCR’s Nasty Nancies will play the second in a series of three bouts from 12.30pm.

CARD won the first game and the Nancies are desperate to keep their hopes of a series victory alive.

At 2.30pm BCR’s Punk Blockers will play Gold Coast Roller Derby’s Maids of Pain.

BCR has won two games to the Gold Coast’s one and it will be fiercely fought.

Punk Blockers captain Kelly “Unforgiving Bunny” Keys said the skaters were great friends off the track but there was a standing rivalry between the leagues.

“The Gold Coast is going to be keen to even the scores, while BCR is determined to hold on to the upper hand,” Ms Keys said.

The boys will also play a game of “merby”, or men’s derby, on Sunday.

The event will be held at the Ipswich Showgrounds with doors opening at 11.30am.

A licensed bar, food, drinks, DJ, market stalls, entertainment for the kids and face painting are among the added attractions.

Adult tickets cost $12 and child tickets (aged three to 11) cost $3.

Kids younger than three enter for free.

For tickets visit www.moshtix.com.au.

 

How it’s done

  • Roller derby is played with two teams wearing quad roller skaters on a flat oval track
  • Points are scored by “jammers” who must pass the hips of opposing skaters


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