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Roller Derby Comes to Havant

Published: 23rd March 2013 09:57

Roll up roll up! The roller derby is coming to town!

The fast paced, all girl, full contact sport is set to turn heads and break bones at Havant Leisure Center tonight.

Portsmouth's home team, the Portsmouth Roller Wenches will take on the mighty Batter C Power from London in a frantic battle for points and pride, the first of four themed bouts planned for this year.

'We're definitely the underdogs, but I think we've got a strong chance, we've just been working so hard' said Lauren Sears, Vice Captain of the Roller Wenches.

'We're really excited, this is the first bout of the year for us. Portsmouth have got some great players so I think it's going to be a close game,' said Batter C Power rollergirl Emma Barker, aka Lost in Transition, 

Roller derby started life in America in the 1930's but has recently undergone a revival with around 60 roller derby teams competing in the UK.

Roller derby matches are called bouts and during each bout skaters try to lap members of the opposite team whilst avoiding punishing tackles from the opposition that literally knock them off their feet.

'From the outside it looks like a lot of people getting bashed but there is a lot of tactics and game play.' said Lauren.

Roller derby skaters compete under stage names such as Payne D. Spencer and Smash Vegas and contestants often wear extravagant boutfits and make up to express their character or team name.

Fresh from a victory against Brighton and an unbeaten season in 2012 the Roller Wenches are ready to take on Batter C.

'We're not just a team, we're more like a sisterhood. We spend a lot of time out of practice together.

'In some teams people skate like individuals rather than as a team but you win as a team not as an individual,' said Lauren.

Tickets for the Eggsterminate Roller Derby at Havant Leisure Center are £8, doors open at 3.30pm. For more information go to www.portsmouthrollerwenches.com

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