Skates on for Adelaide tournament

PICTURES: Skates on for roller derby action

BENDIGO'S Chiko Rollers have their skates on and are ready to rumble at The Great Southern Slam in Adelaide.

The roller derby tournament will be stretched across the long weekend with 75 bouts over three days.

More than 40 teams from Australia and New Zealand will battle for roller derby glory.

Allison "Library Fine" Hadfield said this year marked the third Great Southern Slam.

"It's run every two years," she said.

"When we competed two years ago we won an award for the highest winning margin against Light City Roller Derby."

Ms Hadfield and her team mates were on their way to Adelaide when the Bendigo Advertiser called on Friday morning.

"We're travelling across today, we have two games on Sunday and then if we win those we'll go into finals," she said.

"The finals will be on Monday.

"We're very excited.

"We have 10 skaters and two bench crew and then another couple of supporters.

"It is a huge event.

"It's going to be so much fun so we're all really excited."

Meanwhile, the Bendigo's roller derby league the Dragon City Derby Dolls will have a "fresh meat" intake for new members on July 6.

It's going to be so much fun so we're all really excited.

Allison "Library Fine" Hadfield

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."

Roller derby is a fast-paced, full-contact strategy sport played on quad skates in two-minute sessions called Jams. 

Two teams each send five players onto the track — one jammer (scorer) and four blockers (defence).

Helmet covers are used to display the players' positions.


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