Jess ‘Slambi Lauper’ Fletcher from the City Sirens will be up against Karen ‘Razza Makazz’ Galea from the Missfits in Ipswich’s first roller derby bout on Sunday.
Jess ‘Slambi Lauper’ Fletcher from the City Sirens will be up against Karen ‘Razza Makazz’ Galea from the Missfits in Ipswich’s first roller derby bout on Sunday. Claudia Baxter

Bad girls hoping to roll to glory

FISHNETS and hotpants will be the fashion in Ipswich on Sunday afternoon as the city's first roller derby match slides into town.

Brisbane City Rollers' two teams – the City Sirens and the Missfits – will compete for glory at the Ipswich Showgrounds in the first roller derby match, or bout, the city has ever hosted.

Modern roller derby is a traditionally female-dominated contact sport on quad roller skates where “jammers” score points by passing members of the opposing team around an oval track.

There are usually 10 players on the track – one jammer and four blockers from each team.

A modern version of the sport was born in Texas in 2000 and was made even more popular by Drew Barrymore's 2009 movie Whip It.

Australian roller derby is generally played on a flat track, rather than the banked track featured in Whip It, and players must abide by a hefty rule book which is maintained by an organisation in the US.

The match has a capacity of 500 tickets and sadly members of the public cannot come along to this first bout which is being held for family and friends of skaters.

But there are plenty more opportunities to see the girls in action this year, with the Brisbane City Rollers taking on the Sunshine Coast's Coastal Assassins on June 19 at Ipswich.

The league also has bouts planned at the Sunshine Coast on May 8 and July 23.

But, while this bout's tickets are strictly limited, The Queensland Times has one family pass – two adults and two kids – to giveaway.

Simply mail or bring in a clipping of this article to the QT inside an envelope titled “Roller derby competition” with your name and phone number on the back to be entered in the prize draw.

The QT is at 260 Brisbane Street, West Ipswich.

The winner will be drawn on Friday at 9am.

ROLLER FACTS

Roller derby is played on quad skates on an oval track

It is typically a female-dominated sport but men have recently begun to form leagues


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