ON A ROLL: The Harbour City Hustlers take on the United Brisbane Roller Derby team bout at the PCYC.
ON A ROLL: The Harbour City Hustlers take on the United Brisbane Roller Derby team bout at the PCYC. Andrew Morgan GLADERB

Hustlers bow to Brisbane unit in roller derby

ARRRIBA was 'born' back in 2011 but before Saturday night, most of Gladstone didn't know she existed.

Until then, she was only ever known as Sharna McClure.

Hiding in her roller derby bag with her skates, Arrriba's name has remained a secret for a long time, but no longer.

Unveiled at the Harbour City Hustlers' roller derby bout with the United Brisbane Roller Derby team, Arrriba performed well in her first home match.

"I couldn't wait, I was hanging out for it," she said.

"It is my long-term sport. I don't see anything that will tame me away from it."

Arrriba first played with the Hustlers at Tropicarnage, the Queensland state championships.

Unable to come back with a win, it has been a tough initiation for the new Hustlers, who also went down to the Brisbane side at Gladstone's PCYC on Saturday.

"It was really tough but I have a great team to support me," Arrriba said.

"It was the last bout of the year and we are short of players because people are away."

The bout on Saturday began reasonably well for the Hustlers, being able to reel in an early deficit to swap the lead several times in the first half.

The Hustlers then dropped behind late in the half to go to the break down 70-59.

The tide was then all in the favour of Brisbane, which dominated the second half to run away with victory.

But the local side never gave up, fighting to the end for every point but were beaten by the better team.

"They have a lot more competition nearby, we don't ... they are a good side," Arrriba said.



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