April 13, 2014

Roller Derby: RCRD vs WRDL

Roller Derby is back in the capital for 2014. The first game was against Whakatāne Roller Derby League (WRDL) at Richter City’s new home, the Kilbirnie Recreation Centre. This years games will be split between Kilbirnie and TSB Arena.

It appeared at the start of the game that it would be an easy win for the home team but quickly WRDL fought back. It was a close game with only a six point gap at half time. The final score was 151 Richter City Convicts to 186 Whakatane.

Stand out players were tiny dynamite Invisigirl for WRDL and Meat Train for RCRD who both shone at working their way through the pack - Invisigirl by skilled weaving and Meat Train by slamming. Other standouts for WRDL were pool players Miss Crunchbull (Hellmilton Roller Ghouls, Hamilton) and Hellvetica (Mount Militia Derby Crew, Tauranga), who were down this end of the country for Team New Zealand training in Palmerston North earlier in the day. Other players who were present at that training and playing last night were; Meat Train and Crash Candy Boot.

The new venue was a tight squeeze but added to the atmosphere. It welcomed back derby’s favourite seating; suicide seats. Suicide seats are on the edge of the track and come with the risk / bonus of having a player end up in your lap. Parking was easier and the smell of the sausage sizzle was welcoming.

The next game is a triple header on 10 May back at TSB Arena with Pirate City Rollers (Auckland) and Paradise City (Gold Coast). Richter City is fundraising to get to the Southern Slam “the largest roller derby tournament in the southern hemisphere”. If you’d like to help you can contribute here.

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