Lee Duffield

Edited by Lee Duffield
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Home win for Brisbane roller derby team

The Northern Brisbane Rollers’ Brawl Stars skated their way to glory at their first interstate home game at the Brisbane Convention Centre on Saturday.

Roller derby is an American-invented contact sport on skates. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

The bout was full of 'power jams'. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

The Brawl Stars are the ‘All Stars’ team from the North Brisbane roller derby league.

An American-invented contact sport on skates, the roller derby scene is gaining popularity throughout south-east Queensland.

Winning 103-98, the Brawl Stars beat Geelong’s Bloody Marys in a neck-to-neck bout.

Off to a slow start, the Brawl Stars quickly skated their way back into the game, with an even score of 89-89 at five minutes to full time.

Commentator David McGhee (Johnny Pistol) says it was great to see both teams swapping the lead.

“There were two ties, one in the first half quite early on at about the third jam, and then another in the second half,” he said.

“They were pretty close to each other most of the second half.

“But then the Brawl Stars started catching up, and then Bloody Marys would get a jam and take the lead again.”

Sin bin

Mr McGhee says a highlight was seeing two people get ejected from the game after being repeatedly sent to the sin bin.

“In the whole time I’ve announced I’ve never seen anyone get ejected let alone two,” he said.

“But I loved the crowd, it was probably one of the best crowds we’ve had in Brisbane.”

Brisbane’s roller derby scene is gaining momentum, with skater and spectator numbers increasing. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

Brisbane’s roller derby scene is gaining momentum, with skater and spectator numbers increasing. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

Bloody Marys skater Sarah Agtnerhuif (Riff Raff Saff) says it was “awfully close”.

“A close game is always a good game,” she said.

“It was great to be skating against a different team, especially in a different state.”

Fundraising

Ms Agtnerhuif says the team, from Geelong in Victoria, made it to Brisbane with the help of much fundraising.

“We had a trivia night, a wine drive, a few sausage sizzles, market stalls, and at our season final we had a mini market at our bout which helped pay to get here,” she said.

Brawl Stars skater Aimee Schurmann (Sweet Enemy) says the Bloody Marys put up a “massive effort”.

“Thank God we came back in the end there,” she said.

“They really, really, really made us work for it.”

‘Adrenalin rush’

Ms Schurmann says roller derby is unlike anything she has ever played and she just “had to do it”.

“I’ve never found anything that comes remotely close to how amazing and fun this is,” she said.

“It’s the adrenalin rush and it’s an awesome team sport.

The Northern Brisbane Rollers’ Brawl Stars team. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

The Northern Brisbane Rollers’ Brawl Stars team. Photo: Tijana Jaksic

“It takes all shapes and sizes – everyone has something to contribute.”

The Northern Brisbane Rollers’ next game will be an intra-league tournament between the Love Rockettes and Diner Might Dolls on November 20.

Photo Gallery: Brawl Stars vs Bloody Marys

Video: Nearing full time

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