Game on for the Rocky Rollers
ROCKHAMPTON Roller Derby's first bout towards the end of last year generated plenty of interest but that will be remembered as a pleasant outing when compared with tomorrow's grudge encounter with Mackay City Roller Maidens.
While the experience of that bout will assist some of the local participants, for others it will be a first time in the competitive arena.
Two of the newcomers are Naomi Turnley and Alysha Eitel who, to be fair, look anything but fearsome warriors on roller skates.
However, when they talk about their sport, there is a touch of steel in their voices as they revert to their ultra-egos of "kNO ME Name-Bitch" and "Boomba" respectively.
"Yes, I'm fresh meat," Naomi said as if looking for any challenges to her new-chum status in the sport.
"I always wanted to do it (roller derby)," she said.
"I used to do speed skating."
The mother of two daughters said that when she moved to Rockhampton from Gladstone, she saw an opportunity to get involved in the sport.
"I went along and loved it and haven't looked back since," she said.
Naomi said that when she thought about having a go at roller derby in Rocky, she first had to search for the skates she had put away many years before.
"I went out with the kids and we chased around on the basketball court," she said.
But when stepping out tomorrow night at CQUniversity Sporting Complex, she will have the support of friends and family members, including her daughters.
"They thought it was great that I would end up on my butt once or twice," she said.
"The younger one has said she would like to play but the teenager is sceptical."
Alysha was a part of the large crowd watching the event last year.
"It didn't scare me away," she said.
She will not be the biggest participant on the CQUniversity floor but she will be one of the most determined and is ready to mix it with the bigger players in this dynamic sport and go out to "do it on a pair of skates".
As with many of the girls, it is the physical exercise in training that has attracted her to the sport.
"You need lots of athleticism," she said.
Now as Rockhampton Roller Derby heads towards tomorrow's big bash, she is looking forward to showing the fans how much she and her teammates have learned.
"It is all about offence and defence, there is a lot of concentration needed out there," Boomba said.
The youngster is not fazed at facing a Mackay team that has more bouts under its belt than the local players.
Rockhampton roller derby was rocked this week when Jordana "Jaw Breaker Georgie" Hearn suffered a broken leg at a training session. But Alysha said she was taking a positive attitude.
"If breaking a leg is good luck, then this bout is ours," she said.
Tickets will be available at the doors which open at CQUniversity at 5.30pm with the bout set to begin at 6.30pm.