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Showdown time for Capital city roller derby

Mar 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Uncategorized

FIERCE: Lindsay Huthnance and Jessica Arcus, aka Skanda Lass and Braxton Kicks, hope to skate to victory at the weekend.

WELLINGTON’S own roller derby girls are set to skate against their Aussie rivals in New Zealand’s first international interleague game.

The Richter City Roller Derby (RCRD) All Stars team are proud to be going head to head with the Sydney City Assassins this weekend, rallying support from across the country.

The All Stars team comprises members from two of the league’s three teams – Brutal Pageant and Smash Malice – and is captained by Lindsay Huthnance, better known by her “derby name” Skanda Lass.

Skanda Lass, or “Skandal” for short, says the team has been working really hard in team and league training.

“We are mostly focusing on endurance – Sydney plays a fast game. We are also working really hard on game strategies, playing people in new and different roles that they usually wouldn’t be doing,” she says.

Huthnance says a big crowd is expected, especially given that the bout will be the last event of the Asia-Pacific Outgames before the Revolution closing party at Estadio.

She has heard from other leagues around the country who are offering their support on Twitter and Facebook.

Some are even making the trip to Wellington to cheer them on.

“I’ve heard River City [Whanganui] are bringing a party bus down and picking up a couple of girls from Swamp City [Palmerston North],” she says.

Huthnance plays volleyball for the New Zealand Institute of Sport but, after hearing about roller derby from a friend in America, she couldn’t wait to join.

“It’s one of the most exciting things I’ve ever done. It’s just this awesome mix of women coming together to do something we love. Some of them love sport and some of them hate it – some have never played sport in their life. But we all love roller derby,” she says.

The match is in the TSB Arena on the Wellington waterfront this Saturday, March 19.

Presale tickets are $13 at www.undertheradar.co.nz, and $15 at the door.

Doors open at 6pm and the bout starts at 7pm.

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