READY, set, roll.
Local skaters Dread Pirate Rollers (DPR) will show off their skills against South Australia’s Rockabellas Roller Derby League at Armadale Arena on Saturday, July 15.
DPR secretary Starry – who goes by the name of Alyce Atkins in her daily life – said the two roller derby leagues formed a fast friendship when they met at last year’s Great Southern Slam in Adelaide.
“We instantly fell in love with them,” Starry said. “We said ‘you have to come over and play us, please, we love you’.
“They were so friendly and fun to play.”
The players stayed in touch after the national competition and Starry said the teams had been working hard since the start of the year to make the July 15 bout happen.
A love of derby is strong in the Maddington resident’s family; her 12-year-old daughter plays for the club’s junior league.
Starry said she got her start in the sport back in 2010.
“A very long time ago, a friend of mine was like ‘hey, I do this thing and you would be awesome at it’,” she said.
“I said ‘yeah whatever, I’ll go check it out’.
“Usually a friend of a friend will say ‘you should come and play with us’. There’s a lot of word of mouth in our sport, more than anything. Someone will have invited you to a game or something like that.”
The skater said the best thing about roller derby was the supportive environment, with her league quick to welcome newcomers. “I really love that you can just rock up and everyone’s like ‘hey how are you?’ – everyone’s so nice,” she said.
Starry said spectators can expect much of the same at the upcoming bout.
“A lot of smiling faces, a lot of loud voices, big hits and points scored, to narrow it down to its essence,” she said. “People having fun.”
The July 15 double-header at Armadale Arena will pit the DPR against the Rockabellas at 6.30pm, then showcase a co-ed game with skaters from a variety of leagues at 8.30pm.
The fully-licensed, family-friendly event will also have live tunes from Joanie Get Angry, and food and market stalls. Door prices are $20 for adults, $10 for kids, and under threes are free.
For more, visit www.dreadpiraterollers.com.au.