Men to join roller derby ranks in Gladstone
DESPITE the Harbour City Hustlers' inability to lock in the number of bouts they had this time last year, Gladstone's roller derby leaders are impressed with the growth of the sport in the area.
The women's team is not going to be the sole focal point any more, with a co-ed team and a junior outfit being brought into play.
That's right: more men are being urged to the court to join the women, and long-term coaches Laura Ord and Danielle Mouton could not be prouder.
"It is all very exciting. The league is moving in a different direction," Ord said.
"We have always had men involved, mainly refereeing."
Now able to play, the blokes can deliver the massive hits they turn up to the sport to see.
Ord wants to see more males on skates trying to do so, but had a friendly reminder that the fun could go the other way as well.
"It is marginally more physical, because guys have a different style," she said.
"It is very funny when you make a guy fly.
"We are very capable of making men's flying dreams come true."
There will be no flying in the junior team though, with modified rules keeping the action less physical and focused on the technique of roller derby.
The Gladstone team is expected to start to come together in the coming weeks.
With bouts in February and March confirmed, the first ever Gladstone co-ed team will take up a challenge on February 14, before the women's team lines up later in the same month.
"We have a scrimmage planned for the women in Rockhampton on February 28, but no home bouts yet," Mouton said.
"Our first home bout will be a co-ed one on March 21.
"It is good to see the sport moving on from just females."