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BRDL 1.Eye on the prize. BRDL blockers contain the WSDD jammer. The aim is to go past your opponent but it is easier said than done most times.

Ratpack take third place at Bendigo Rebellion

Tournament. THE Ballarat Roller Derby League (BRDL) competed in the Division 2 State Titles in Bendigo this past weekend (31Oct-1 Nov). Roller derby is a full contact sport played by two teams with five players from each side, roller skating in the same direction around a track at any one time. Games are divided into a series of ‘Jams’ lasting up to two minutes where a designated skater, the Jammer, must complete passes of the main group of skaters to gain points. Points are awarded for each opposing skater that the jammer passes. First played over 80 years ago, the sport has experienced a global revival since 2001, with the majority of leagues comprising all-female teams. Seeded in the top three for the division, BRDL was expected to do well and the opening game saw BRDL play the much under rated Diamond Valley Roller Derby Club (DVRDC). Halfway through the first half DVRDC had opened up a 50 point lead and were in control of the game. Strong teamwork and a committed defence took control of the game had the deficit reduced to 11 points at the half.

The second half saw BRDL continue to control the game as they had done in the closing stages of the first half. They took the lead at the five minute mark of the half and held on for a nail biting 15 point win 131 to 116. The second game of the bracket placed BRDL with a combined team from Wagga/Leeton. BRDL started the game on a mission. The progression to the finals was based on points spread, and with only a 15 point win in the first game BRDL needed to make ground to make the playoff for the top prize. In a dominant performance the Wagga/Leeton team was held scoreless early in the game and never really mounted a challenge to the BRDL team. BRDL taking the win 319 to 50. The pool games completed and the final places decided by points differential BRDL was relegated to the third and fourth position playoffs. This had BRDL facing West Side Derby Dollz (WSDD) form western Melbourne, a team that had played and trained with BRDL for a number of years. From the first whistle WSDD dominated the game. A solid defence and jammers that seemed to score at will saw WSDD pull away to a 65 to 17 lead at the halfway mark of the first half. BRDL needed to lift or face a blowout. This came in the way of a 29 point jam from BRDL jammer R.Bailey to bring the score back to a 19 point difference. This lifted the team and at the close of the first half BRDL had clawed back the lead to just 2 points, BRDL 98 to WSDD 100.

The start of the second half was the exact opposite of the first. BRDL controlled the game from the onset and took the lead for the first time within the first 3 minutes of the half and were never headed amassing 189 points to 57 for the half. BRDL taking the win and Division 2, third place, 287 to 157. Most valuable players across the weekend as voted by the opposing teams, H.Hartley, R.Bailey, B.Taber, E.Pabst, R Richardson and B.Thirteenth. Ballarat Roller derby Leagues next challenge is the final of the Statewide Stampede season to be played in Eltham, November 22 where they take on their long time regional rivals, Dragon City Derby Dolls from Bendigo. Anyone interested in getting involved in BRDL as a player or official can contact ballaratrollerderby@gmail.com or brdl.coaches@gmail.com