SHOWCASE: The Central Highlands Derby Dolls are pleased with the success of their first black and white scrim.
SHOWCASE: The Central Highlands Derby Dolls are pleased with the success of their first black and white scrim. Zac Luke Emederby

Roller derby a huge hit in Emerald

THE Central Highlands Derby Dolls are bruised, battered and beaming after a tremendous public response to their debut black and white scrim.

Derby Dolls head coach Beth Carpenter said the match showcased roller derby as well as they could have hoped.

"We actually kind of took people and made it even teams, because we wanted to showcase it," Carpenter said.

"We mixed them all up to give them an opportunity to skate with… a few other of the really good skaters."

"We had some really veteran players to bring it up that level."

White got the best of black on the night, 99-80.

Carpenter said the close game provided greater entertainment to the packed crowd.

"That's just a couple of jams," she said.

"White won, but everyone won.

"We're just going to go upwards from here now."

She hopes the event dispelled some myths about roller derby.

"The public always love the big hits and usually they're the illegal hits that people love," Carpenter said.

"Now the public will see when people do something wrong they get sent off.

"I hope they've walked away and they have a better understanding of derby and they'll treat it like a sport."

Amanda Foley, from the roller derby club in Bowen, hopes the event can also give a boost to her club.

"I think they started in 2011 with no real momentum," Foley said.

"Our new committee is sort of getting things rolling a bit more.

"We'll go back and we've got a training session with our team, and we'll sort of relay everything we've learned."


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