Rollers ready to rock

MEMBERS of Gawler’s roller derby fraternity will compete in one of the sport’s biggest tournaments when the ‘Great Southern Slam’ crashes into town this week.

Rockabellas Roller Derby Club members will head to Wayville for the event, which is held at the Adelaide Showgrounds from June 9-11.

The Rockabellas team comprises skaters from three home teams – the Gawler Doomsday Rockabellas, Mount Barker’s Toxic Cherries and Noarlunga’s Prim Reapers.

This year’s Great Southern Slam event marks just the second time the Rockabellas have competed, with the competition only held biennially.

Over 48 different leagues from across Australia and New Zealand will be represented in the competition, with some of the best skaters, officials and teams featuring in over 80 games on the weekend.

The event is being hosted by the Adelaide Roller Derby League.

Gawler Roller Derby founder Emily Sutcliffe said the event promises to be an exciting weekend of roller derby action.

“It’s a fun, family weekend of roller derby and it will be (one) to remember,” she said.

“A big thank you to Adelaide Roller Derby for hosting such an amazing, nail-biting weekend.”

Tickets to the Great Southern Slam are available for purchase now on OzTix.

In addition, Rockabellas skaters and other teams will take to the track for a round of fun games at The ARC Campbelltown on Friday, June 8.

For more information about the Rockabellas Roller Derby Club, visit the club’s Facebook page.

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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