Roller derby etiquette is thrown out the window for this stacks-on-the-mill melee at Federal on Saturday.
Roller derby etiquette is thrown out the window for this stacks-on-the-mill melee at Federal on Saturday.

Roller girls a runaway hit

With names like Uzi Quatro, Screaming Soda and Paris Eat A Mole, it’s little wonder the Bay Rollers roller derby outfit don’t get out too often.


But in their first public appearance, the Rollers unleased their rough and tumble roller skating skills on the unsuspecting citizens of the Byron hinterland at Federal’s annual park party last Saturday.


With their colourful names and even more colourful outfits, the Rollers were the runaway hit of the party, with an estimated crowd of 200 people turning Federal’s skateboard bowl into an arena spectacular.


Compared by comedian Joel Salom and his friend ‘Orient Express’, the rollers ran through a demonstration of the skills, rules and etiquette of roller derby.


The Bay Rollers were just one act in an eclectic line-up of talent that also included bands such as Alice Blue and the Romaniacs, as well as a blessing by the Gyoto Monks of Tibet and the fun and frivolity of the dog show.


The Federal park party is a chance for the local community to get together to celebrate and for school and community groups to raise money by running food and market stalls.


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