It’s wheelie fun

Get your skates on.

This Sunday Queenstown Roller Derby is holding its Christmas scrimmage.

Organisers are hoping to attract a few more players so they can have a full team, regularly.

Team Tinsel will play Team Candy Cane at the Events Centre from 6pm.

Kate ‘‘Miss Jellyfish Stings’’ Robinson said since the league set up here in 2014 they had struggled with numbers, partly due to the transient nature of the resort.

‘‘At the moment, I think we’ve pretty much got a solid, local seven [players], but that fluctuates depending on the season.

‘‘Obviously in winter there’s more people around who turn up and get in touch ... we build up numbers and then they might only be here for winter and leave, and the same thing happens in summer.’’

Robinson said ideally they needed 15 players for a team, with five in the thick of it for two minutes at a time.

‘‘We’ve managed to pull together teams for two home games that we’ve played against Dunedin, and we’ve also managed to pull them together for away games.

‘‘We’ve gone as far away as ... Taupo and Whanganui, so we’ve done well, considering.’’

This Sunday they would play ‘‘short track roller derby’’, which involved fewer people, but still gave the skaters — who each have pseudonyms — the chance to play.

If enough people turned up there would be a full 60-minute game.

It would also give the newest recruits a chance to practise their skills in a full-contact game.

Robinson said a few women were ‘‘fresh on skates within the last month’’ and played a non-contact game recently.

‘‘We wear helmets, mouthguards, wristguards, elbow and kneepads and ... impact shorts and stuff like that as well when we play an actual game, just to prevent injury as much as possible.’’

tracey.roxburgh@odt.co.nz

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