What a game! #yourmothercityderby
On Friday, 24 October 2014, my roller derby league (the Cape Town Rollergirls) held our third and last Friday Night Derby for the year. The theme was Rocktober, and the skaters, comprising of level 1 skaters and rookies, made up the two mixed teams – ‘The Betty Blues’ and ‘The Metal Maidens’. We even had a skater from the Thundering Hellcats in Johannesburg join us in the game. Since injuries, unfortunately, do occur in a contact sort, TazMEANian Devil and I decided to do some serious announcing for the game. And, what a pleasure it was announcing for these girls.
Friday Night Derbies are dated closer to the end of the year, and is a concept to provide skaters with more roller derby skating experience, and the chance to think fast and work as a team. They’re also theme-based, which makes it quite fun from the production side. This game was quite special as we had the Kwêla team join us to film an insert for KykNET. Thank you to Therese Benade and the production team for helping us grow roller derby in Cape Town, South Africa. It was absolutely amazing working with a team that was professional on every level, but so down to earth, they even helped us set up the event before the audience arrived.
This feature is going to focus on Hanlie Coetzee aka Hanzo Steal, one of my roller derby wives (yes, I have two) and home-team mates, as well as Natassja Dunckley aka Cherry Tempurr, who’s one of our league chairs. Therese Benade interviewed them to get an insight on what makes roller derby such an addictive sport with the Cape Town Rollergirls.
The game itself was a tight one and The Metal Maidens were in the lead until the beginning jams of the second half. Then Gazelle and Red Mist, with a pep talk by G.I Jo Jo (who was bench managing for The Betty Blues) turned the game around, and The Betty Blues took the win, scoring 185 to 158.
Congratulations to The Betty Blues, fist bumps all around!
Big thank you to friends of the Cape Town Rollergirls: The Kwêla team, Cape Town ETC, Whatson Cape Town, Biz Community, Sunningdale Sports Complex, everyone who came through to support us, our management team for organising the event, and all the skaters and non-skating officials. Thank you to everyone who brought donations for Mosaic: Support Heal Train, the organisation our Outreach Committee chose for the event.
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