Thrills and Spills at Skate of Origin

(Picture courtesy of Pete Ryan. pete-ryan.photoshelter.com)
 
Saturday night saw 1500 spectators, some coming from as far away as Bowen, packed into the grand stands and suicide seating at Fred Moule Pavilion to see Cairns' home teams the Monsoon Maidens and Cane Sugars take on visiting Townsville teams The Slaughterers and Skull Ravens. 
 
The Cane Sugars were first to play against The Slaughterers. Although the Sugars were lacking in experience with three skaters playing their first bouts the first half was a tough battle with one skater taking out two referees and landing in the spectators. The score was close at half time, but after the break the Slaughterers kept up the pressure. Sugars captain Lambikini was fouled out of the game with seven majors and the Slaughterers kept ranking up the points putting the full time score at Cane Sugars 132 to Slaughterers 278.
 
The second bout put the Monsoon Maidens against the Skull Ravens. Again the scores were close at half time, but the defensive might of the Ravens, combined with a strong jamming team was too much and the final score was Monsoon Maidens 175 to Skull Ravens 253. 
 
"Last night's bout was the best challenge we have faced this year. Unfortunately we just didn't have what it takes to beat the Skull Ravens, but it's something to work towards. We can't wait to battle it out with them again," says Monsoon Maidens captain Melissa "9mmel" Helsby.
 
This was the first bout that the Reef City Roller Girls had held at the Fred Moule Pavilion after outgrowing their previous venue. 
 
"The support we received last night was amazing", says Reef City Roller Girls President Kathryn "Kathaclysm" Sharp. "We'd like to thank Townsville and their supporters for coming up. It really just shows how strong the sport is in Far North Queensland and how much we've grown recently. It's a trend that's continuing and we're looking forward to hosting more bouts of the same calibre." 
 
Reef City Roller Girls are holding a Raw Meat intake on Wednesday August 8th, 5pm at Fretwell Park for anyone interested in becoming involved with roller derby in Cairns, including referees and non-skating officials.

A big thankyou to our game night major sponsors: Plan Man, Sign Hub, Carlos Computers, Matchport Materials Handling and Roland Graf's Auto Centre.

Also notable mentions to the following people and businesses for their support: Cairns Junior Rollers, Mr. Rental Cairns, Cairns Historic Car Club, Rotary Club Cairns, Jackley's Bakery, Red Beret Hotel, Nomads Cairns Backpackers, Destination Fitness, Smithfield State High School, Awesome Cheerleading, Dan Murphy's Earlville, Cairns Show Association, Stoddart Security Management and St. John's Ambulance.