Gladstone roller derby team enjoys tournament success

IN ACTION: Gladstone Roller Derby Hustlers Nick Rofilia (Lainey McPhee, left) and KK Ruff ’n’ Stuff (Karlene Kelly) do battle with a Darwin skater at the Northern Tropic Thunder tournament in Townsville.
IN ACTION: Gladstone Roller Derby Hustlers Nick Rofilia (Lainey McPhee, left) and KK Ruff ’n’ Stuff (Karlene Kelly) do battle with a Darwin skater at the Northern Tropic Thunder tournament in Townsville. Carmen Jay

GLADSTONE'S Hustlers returned from Townsville's Northern Tropic Thunder tournament over the long weekend pleasantly surprised with their result, coming second to the hosts.

The Roller Derby squad finished just 45 points arrears of the Townsville A team, going down 225-180 in the final on Monday.

"Because we are still a very young league it was a bit of a surprise, but it shows the hard work has paid off," Hustlers coach Charlie Keenan said.

After winning six out of seven bouts in the round-robin segment, the Gladstone side looked to avenge their only loss, which came against the Townsville outfit.

"Everyone played awesome, we came together as a team and everyone looked after themselves and did really well," Keenan said.

The second place is a promising sign for the locals, who will be looking to improve and hone their skills with a clinic at the weekend.

Victorian Roller Derby star 'Mad Mel Arena' is coming to Gladstone to run a boot camp, and pass on the skills that have lifted her team to 19th in the world.

"We have 25 people attending. It is limited spots to keep learning high Too many people limits the amount you can do," Keenan said.

Hustlers results

  • Townsville A 211-157 Loss
  • Tableland 292-42 Win
  • Reef City 212-81 Win
  • Darwin 250-75 Win
  • Townsville B- 306-9 Win
  • Malice Springs 389-12 Win
  • Cairns 307-21


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