WITH a goal of being in the top four at Tropicarnage later in the year, the Harbour City Hustlers opened their season with a resounding win over the Brisbane City Rollers Punk Blockers on Saturday.

A top four team at last year's Tropicarnage, Queensland's biggest tournament, Brisbane was given a lesson in the second half of the roller derby bout, routed by the Hustlers by more than 100 points.

"We expected a tight battle and it was a game of defence in the first half," Hustlers coach Charlie Keenan said.

"This is a stepping stone to our major goal of Tropicarnage - that is what the hard work is for."

With three more home bouts scheduled for the remainder of the 2014 season, the Hustlers are confident of further progression after the successful opening to the year.

"I am a lot more confident now than before last night," Keenan said.

In addition to the Hustlers and Punk Blockers bout, the very first co-ed bout in Gladstone finished off the Clover Leaf Clash.

Offering the crowd a different look at the sport and the opportunity of male participation, the bout was a high scoring affair in which the St Patties Slayers were victorious.

"It was really good - just a bit of fun," Keenan said.

Clover Leaf Clash:

  • Harbour City Hustlers 189 defeated Brisbane Punk Blockers 88
  • St Patties Slayers 213 defeated Shamrockers 157


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