Heat is on for clash

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
Julie Byrne-King, Stax, Kendall Smith, Bones and Natalie Jarvis, Splats.
Camera IconJulie Byrne-King, Stax, Kendall Smith, Bones and Natalie Jarvis, Splats. Credit: Laurie Benson/Picture: Laurie Benson, Laurie Benson Albany Advertiser

Competitors will strap on their skates and take to the track in the roller derby Boom State Clash at the end of the month.

In a first for Albany, the WA State Roller Derby tournament will be hosted locally at The Track in Gledhow on May 25 and 26.

More than 100 competitors and 35 officials will take part in the tournament across a weekend full of roller derby action.

Players and officials will converge on Albany from Perth, Geraldton, Margaret River, Bunbury, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.

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The event will be run by the Albany Roller Derby League, supported by the City of Albany.

In the Saturday night headline game Albany will battle it out against Margaret River.

The Boom State Clash has been a fixture on the WA roller derby scene for five years.

Now, with more regional clubs, it has been upgraded to a regional series, with the final in Perth in September.

League president Natalie Jarvis said she could not wait to host the event in her home city.

“We are really excited to bring a massive weekend of roller derby to Albany and not only show off our beautiful town but also show off roller derby as a sport,” she said.

Games will start at midday on Saturday, May 25, and run into the evening before wrapping up on the Sunday morning.

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