ACTION MAN: Roller derby referee and player Scott MacLennan, aka Stiff Richard, lays down the rules.
ACTION MAN: Roller derby referee and player Scott MacLennan, aka Stiff Richard, lays down the rules. Andrew Morgan

Roller derby skates bring out alter ego

OFF the track, Scott MacLennan is a funny, bearded safety advisor who works on Curtis Island.

But get him on skates and into his roller derby alter ego "Stiff Richard" and he is nasty.

Scott said while roller derby was tough and fast, it was ridiculously fun.

"You're not allowed to use hands, elbows or arms and you can't push someone in the back," he explained.

"But you can use your hips and shoulders and it gets rough."

He reckons it's the most fun you can have on eight wheels. Not on roller blades, he said, but old-school quad skates.

His girlfriend Candy Contusions can kick his butt on the roller derby track.

"She's much more experienced, skilled and fitter," he said. "I'm still in training."

While roller derby has been a traditionally female-dominated game, the men's competition in Australia is starting to take-off.

"I'm refereeing and training to be in the league," he said. "We've got a couple of guys here in Gladstone but we really want to have a full team by next year."

Scott referees practice games on Sundays and trains on Tuesdays at the PCYC on Yarroon St.

"The league in Gladstone is awesome," he said.

He encouraged people to head to next weekend's game.

HOME GAME:

  • November Maim will be rock 'n' roll themed
  • Saturday, November 8
  • Doors open 5.30pm
  • Bout starts at 6.30pm
  • Gladstone's Hustlers will take on the United Brisbane Rollers
  • Tickets: $15, $10 for under 12s
  • Live band, food and bar available
  • Tickets available here 


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