Roller derby come and try

THE Dragon City Derby Dolls will host an open day and information session this Sunday.

People are invited to try their hand at roller derby from 2pm at Truscott Reserve in Murdock Street, California Gully.

Allison "Library Fine" Hadfield said the event would be informative and fun.

"We're going to have a scrimmage which is kind of like a practice match," she said.

"It's not a serious game and people will be able to see what we do and get a bit of an idea about what we do and how the game works.

"After that we'll have an information session and people will be able to have a fun skate.

"We'll have some skates they can borrow if they don't have their own so people will be able to give it a go."

A "Fresh meat" program will start on July 20.

"That will be in Bendigo and then starting in August we're going to be running one out of Castlemaine as well," Ms Hadfield said.

"Four girls from our team currently travel up from Castlemaine already so we thought it would be great to run something out of there."

The 12-week program teaches participants how to skate and all the basics of roller derby.

"We've already had quite a lot of interest and they can check out our website or our Facebook page to find out more information," Ms Hadfield said.

"Roller derby attracts all sorts of people.

"They can start when they're 16 and we've had people training with us up to 50 years old.

"Some leagues like Ballarat actually have a junior component as well.

"I guess it's just something a bit different and it's loads of fun."

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