Zombeez run down Gladstone
SCRAPES and bruises were plenty but that did not stop the Bundaberg City Rollers enjoying their win in their first ever Roller Derby bout.
The Zombeez came out on top 105-92 after facing the Gladstone Roller Derby League at the Extreme Zone Skate Centre in Bundaberg on Saturday night.
The Zombeez were not the only ones excited about the bout with the competition attracting a sellout crowd of about 350 people.
Zombeez coaching captain Janelle "Pana Doll" Ford said the support had eclipsed the team's expectations.
"At first we just expected family and friends but once the tickets went on sale we realised we would have a few more people than that," she said.
Ms Ford said the packed house gave the girls even more enthusiasm on the track as the jammers scrambled to pass the blockers.
"It was excellent, everyone was cheering and it was just a really great atmosphere," she said.
But the high contact sport does not come without some downsides.
"We are all feeling a bit sorry for ourselves nursing some scrapes and bruises," she said.
But Ms Ford said no one was injured during the bout.
She said the bout had also increased Bundaberg's interest in the sport.
"It's the fastest growing sport in the world - after we had a lot of people come up to us to talk about it," she said.
For those who missed the bout, it will be a long time before the Zombeezs get competitive again.
"We probably won't be competing again until next year," she said.
Ms Ford said bouts were being organised for February.