Even the CQUniversity floor is not big enough for the players from Rocky Roller Derby and Mackay City Roller Maidens as they get ready to battle for position.
Even the CQUniversity floor is not big enough for the players from Rocky Roller Derby and Mackay City Roller Maidens as they get ready to battle for position. Sharyn O'Neill

Rocky no match for Maidens

ROCKHAMPTON Roller Derby was willing but in the end was no match for the battle-hardened Mackay Roller Maidens at CQUniversity on Saturday night.

The grudge game attracted a crowd of about 300 spectators to the venue and despite their vocal prompting could not lift the Rocky team to the level of the skilled visitors.

No amount of hard work in training can replace experience in battle and that was a cruel lesson for the women.

"We took a pummelling but the girls got up again," Rocky team leader Sabrina Toby, better known as Rink Bitz, said.

When the game is serious the women don't hold back in what is a full-contact sport.

While the score of 272-48 is an indication of the way the bout went, Rink Bitz said her team would be better for the experience gained.

"I think that is something we can all take from it," she said.

"I'm very proud of the way the girls stood up."

Veteran skater and roller derby umpire Allan (Weird Al) Reinikka said he wasn't surprised about the score blowing out, as the girls were making a big step forward from the opening bout last year, when both teams had a mixture of experienced players and novices.

"The Mackay girls were a league above. They had a lot more experience," Weird Al said.

"In a way it was a rude awakening to what the game is all about."

Rink Bitz and Weird Al were both delighted with the venue, with the floor giving the skaters plenty of grip.

From his position on the court, Weird Al said he was impressed with the efforts of the defeated Rockhampton players, especially Jacinta Maloney, or D'Cintagr8er, as she is known when she has her skates on.

"She put in a really good effort. She was pretty battered and bruised by the end of it," he said.

Jacinta Nuss was another of the Rockhampton team to impress Reinikka.

"She was there until the end," he said.

"All the girls gave everything they had, and then a bit."

Debutant Naoli Turley, or kNO ME Name-B***h as she likes to be called on game day, loved her first taste of roller derby, even though she had to admit she was a little bit sore after the bout.

"It was a bit more full-on than I expected but I can't wait for the next one," she said.

"I'm a bit sore, as I gave my all and got a few shots in.

"I thought we went really well and we have got a lot of good players.

"Now we need more challenges if we are going to become better," she said.



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