Mackay's Nads tries to get past CQ Misfits Trash Bandicoot and Dread'Ful.
Mackay's Nads tries to get past CQ Misfits Trash Bandicoot and Dread'Ful. Allan Reinikka ROK221016aderby2

Rollers serve up a storm

ROLLER DERBY: It was only by the time they took to the track for their third place play-off final that CQ Misfits left like they were working as one.

Essentially three teams thrown together under one banner, the Misfits struggled for cohesion in their pool matches in Saturday's Knocktoberfest at the CQUniversity Sports Centre.

But in the final against Mackay, they clicked into gear.

Their blocking was effective, their jammers elusive and tactics succinct. They looked comfortable throughout and ended the match deserved winners, 139 to 53.

Misfits captain Peta 'Sweet P' Spencer said only by playing in tournaments like Saturday's would they grow as a side.

"In the pool matches we weren't as comfortable with each other but we still went well,” she conceded.

"With more practise we will be better off. We just lacked that cohesion that comes with playing together all the time.

"Getting to play more tournaments like this would really help, we had some girls come all the way from Bundaberg to make up CQ.

"It was great to have Brisbane City come up. They are a huge club down there and can push one another for higher levels.

"But it was great for them to come up, it gives us regional clubs that little boost and more competition.”

Brisbane City Rollers defeated Gladstone Brats 118-46 in the grand final, showing their class throughout.

Nippy Misfits' jammer Grenay'd was a standout for the Misfits racking up points at will, using her slight frame to speedily burst through gaps.

Roller Derby: CQ Misfits' Grenay'd.
Roller Derby: CQ Misfits' Grenay'd. Allan Reinikka ROK221016aderby3

Her blockers made her job look easy, with her trademark toe stepping a feature.

"She never gives up, she is light on her feet and very agile. She scored a lot of points for us.

"To be a good jammer you have to watch the blockers and wait for them to make the gaps.

"The bruises aren't too bad. Usually about three days later they come through,” she added.



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