Albany team ready to roll to victory

Tayler NealeAlbany Advertiser

After a sell-out fixture last November, the Albany Roller Derby League is anticipating another strong turnout as the Great Southern Breakers take on the WA Roller Derby WayWARDS at the Albany Leisure and Aquatic Centre on Saturday night.

Roller derby has gained momentum over the past few years after first being introduced to Albany in 2014, with ADRL captain Natalie Jarvis leading the charge.

The sport comprises two teams with five players. Each team has a jammer, who scores points by lapping players from the opposition. The other four players can assist their own jammer or impede the opposition jammer.

Ms Jarvis said the Breakers’ 251-155 defeat of the Perth-based Rookie Horrors gave them inspiration heading into Saturday’s match.

“The game was amazing last time, with the cheers from the crowd inspiring the team to play harder and hit bigger,” she said

“We really wanted to win to show Albany what we can do.”

Ms Jarvis encouraged anyone who was interested to come down and check out roller derby, with some advice for newcomers.

“Our best advice for people new to watching a derby — pick a player and watch them and to cheer for your team’s jammer getting through the pack of skaters,” she said.

To accompany the roller derby action, there will be a children’s table, food facilities and stalls, along with a licensed bar trackside.

Tickets are $12 from event bri or in store at Stirling Print or Owned. Children under 10 have free entry. The match begins at 7pm.

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