It’s all over red roller!
It came. It went. It’s gone.
And so is a little piece of the Malice Springs heart.
But thankfully, filling that tiny little hole is a whole pile of love and overflowing enthusiasm from the amazing skaters and zebras that we had visit our small little league in the middle of nowhere to help us pull off our biggest adventure yet: OUR FIRST EVER LIVE HOME BOUT!!!
After over a year in the making, our remote little league laid out our brand new skate court in preparation for Duels in the Desert on Thursday October 10th at St Philips College. And it was beautiful. The 8hr set-up of the 8,300-piece track nearly killed Dial M for Mayhem, Mad Axe, and Sik Em, but when the shiny new track was complete Duels fever set in! Many thanks go to the helpful hands of many and especially Giles (Mad Axe’s sweetheart) whom we couldn’t have done it without, and the support of TOLL express, whose last-minute fork-lift and truck were a Godsend!
Our beautiful new court! Sigh.
Our two new favourite All Stars from VRDL, Tiger and Swish Cariboom, arrived in Alice in style and kicked off an awesome weekend of training on Saturday morning for all of our fabulous visiting friends. We had skaters from Kalgoorlie’s Gold City Rollers, Wangaratta’s North East Roller Derby League, Gawler Roller Derby League and, our besties, the Darwin Roller Girls. We even had a few lovely gentlemen join us for training and scrimmage from the Gentleman Rollers of Darwin! Look out!
Token tourist shot, aw yeah!
Of course, we can’t reveal here the secret amazingness that was the Swish and Tiger VRDL bootcamp. But we can tell you that it was totally rad and we all totally learnt some super useful tricky new skatalicious skills and you and your league should like, totally hire an All Star for your very own weekend of roller derby madness. ‘Cause these guys rock!
Swish and Tiger show us how it’s done
At the same time, the fabulous Paxilon Reaver of Darwin Roller Girls and Disco Steward of Lil Adelaide Rollers were leading the visiting referees through an equally awesome zebra bootcamp. We had refs from South Side Derby Dolls, Gawler Roller Derby League, and of course our lovely Karnivorous from MSRDL. And for the first time ever, Karni had a herd.
After 10 hours of skating over Saturday and Sunday… the bout was on! (and our legs were jelly!)
Our visiting friends (including the VRDL All Stars!) helped the Malice girls beef out our numbers to form two small (but solid!) competing teams: the Ghan Derailyas and the Bush Bombshells, modelling our wicked new Duels in the Desert merchandise in black and red, respectively. The Thorny Devil Samba Band got the girls going with some heart-thumping beats, as a crowd of over 200 trickled in to watch Alice’s first ever live derby game (a pretty good turn-out for a town this size!). And although many had never even heard of derby before attending, let alone understood the rules, our lovely commentators, BeVenge (from Darwin Roller Girls) and Ed Nicholson from Alice, talked the audience through a slow-mo jam before the real game kicked off. And we were away!
It was a close match, with the two teams almost neck and neck at half-time and at least a quarter of the crowd finally catching on to the general gist of the game… I think The awesome duo Circosis, starring none other than Malice’s own Raging Ruby, put on a spectacular display of acrobatic feats to keep us entertained in the break, followed up by the equally awesome musical duo Bat Hazzard, also starring a Malice girl- Steph Hazzard herself! Aren’t we a talented bunch?!
The second half was just as hair-raising as the first, though thankfully injury-free, thank you St Johns! And the final score was 281:205 to the Ghan Derailyas. But everyone was a winner in this game. For the Malice girls, Duels felt like an unachievable feat that gobbled itself up faster than our little hearts could take! But there’s no doubt we’ll be back for more, thanks to the truly lovely visiting skaters, refs and NSOs who travelled all the way to Alice from across Australia, and whom we hope had as much fun as we did.
First line up ready to roll!
Of course there are many, many people we need to thank, starting with those mentioned above, as well as the wonderful NSOs who helped to make the game possible, and were trained in true Territorian style at the last minute by Kaos Bob from South Side Derby Dolls, with many thanks. Our principle sponsors were NT Sport and Recreation, TravelWorld, Kafe Gonzo, TOLL express, St Philips College, OneSteel, ASPrint, Alpitye Arts Studio and of course our after-party host with the most, Mulga’s Montes. Thanks to Kyran Smith of Cutlery for providing some groovy beats to unwind to, Pirate, Oliver Eclipse, Alexandra Hullah and Newtonstar Photography for documenting the event, Alice Sports News on Sun 969, 8HA radio, and 8CCC radio stations and The Advocate for their support in promotions, the Alice Springs Youth and Community Centre, the Darwin and Adelaide crew for helping us pack up the court, Centralian Middle School, Northline, Crazy Skates, Ju Ju Beane, Duncan Rae, Bunnings Warehouse, Brumby’s Bakery, Northern Territory General Practice Education, Centralian Sports, Margaret Furber, Samcakes and Killakaze and our own Toya, Nicki, Gina, Double0Psycho and RoboGeisha for their contributions to Duels in the Desert, 2013.
Words by Armadreaddon
Thank YOU for making Duels in the Desert 2013 happen!