Roller derby a hit in Levin

KELVIN TEIXEIRA
Last updated 13:11 24/05/2012
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Kelvin Teixeira
Action from the first women's roller derby event in Levin between the local Whenua Fatales and Palmerston North's Poison Ivies.

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Thrills and spills from women on wheels was displayed at Levin's first roller derby bout on Saturday.

The Whenua Fatales - in black - may have lost 154-60 against the more experienced Poison Ivies from Palmerston North but the locals put up a good fight, according to player Jaime Bigwood.

"Despite the score, the Poison Ivies told us it was the toughest game they had played, so we were really stoked to hear that," she said.

A full-contact sport, roller derby involves skaters rolling in a tight group around an oval track while trying to allow one of their team members, called a "jammer", and not the opposition team's jammer through to the front.

One male spectator said the closest he could describe it to was "human stock car racing on roller skates".

"It's great," he said.

Spurred by last Saturday's bout, the Whenua Fatales plan to enter a team in the national roller derby competition in Palmerston North in August.

The team will also run a "fresh meat" course for women who can roller skate but want to learn roller derby.

It will be on Wednesday evenings from 7pm till 9pm at Horowhenua College starting on June 6. For more information see whenuafatales.co.nz.

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