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Lead dolls turn it on

Tuesday, 16th April, 2013

Some of the action from the weekend. Turn to pages 10 and 11 for more photos. Some of the action from the weekend. Turn to pages 10 and 11 for more photos.

By Emily Roberts

The Broken Hill Lead Dolls put on a great show at their most recent Roller Derby scrimmage last weekend.

Saturday afternoon, the Lead Dolls who are part of the Broken Hill Roller Derby League went up against the Murder City Roller Girls, a South Australian team.

Despite a 164 point loss, President of the League Judith Merritt said the scrimmage "wasn't a push over".

"It was a fantastic afternoon; it was really, really good," she said.

"The audience loved it ... there were locals and people from Mildura and Adelaide."

After the "Broken Hill Lead Dolls" took part in their first competition last year, they had the taste of blood.

The Lead Dolls, who are part of the Broken Hill Roller Derby League, took on the Deakin Dolls in Mildura last year.

Ms Merritt said the scrimmage was a practise bout, but the local girls learnt a lot from the experience.

"We got a huge amount of experience, we learnt lots and fought hard," she said.

"The other team said we fought hard. We definitely made Adelaide work for their points."

Ms Merritt said the scrimmage proved that the local girls worked well as a team.

"We also learnt what we need to work on," she said.

The scrimmage, which was held at the Film Studio on Eyre Street, was well attended.

"We had a great crowd that was very vocal. They now understand what happens and everyone was cheering," Ms Merritt said.

"We had people there who had been to bouts in cities and said that ours was a good as going to the city.

"We also found out the Film Studio was an excellent place to hold Roller Derby Bouts, we have plans to hold more.

"The Murder City team also invited us to play down in Adelaide."

She said that all of the players were sore the day after.

"I'd like to thank the St John's Ambulance for tending to a Murder City skater," Ms Merritt said.

Roller Derby is a contact version of roller skating, with two teams of five members each travelling in the same direction around a track.

The game consists of numerous 'jams' in which each team nominates a 'jammer' who is able to score by lapping opposing skaters.

Each team tries to help their jammerscore, while trying to block the opposing jammer at the same time. Competitors are usually dressed in costume and compete under pseudonyms.

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