Saturday night’s Sydney Roller Derby League (SRDL) bout at the Horden Pavilion saw the Screaming Assault Sirens beat The Deviants 106 points to 81, claiming the league championship a bout early.
Screaming Assault Sirens player and SRDL vice-president Miss Biff told Sydney Star Observer despite the early victory there were still plenty of reasons to watch the season finale bout on August 7.
“Because it was a five bout season one team needed to win three bouts to be able to take out the championship,” Miss Biff said.
“The Screaming Assault Sirens won the first, the third and the fourth games of the season and the Deviants won the second.
The August bout will still be exciting but it will be a little bit different to what it would have been had it turned out to be the battle for the championship.
“We now have two full teams of 20 for both the Sirens and the Deviants, so we’re thinking of making some opportunities to showcase some of the new girls to be drafted into both teams and mixing it up a little bit.”
After August’s season finale, players from both teams will form the Sydney City Assassins to take on teams from Newcastle, Wollongong, and Canberra in a series of inter-league bouts running every couple of weeks to year’s end.
Asked about roller derby’s visible and large queer and lesbian identifying female following, Miss Biff put it down to the versatility of the sport.
“I think the great thing about roller derby is there’s something in it for everyone, whether that’s the strategy of the game, the spectacle with the uniforms that we wear and the skate outs that we do — they all bring in different areas of the local community.”