The Northern Beaches Roller Girls are very excited to be heading to Adelaide to compete a National tournament, Great Southern Slam (TGSS). This is the largest Roller Derby competition on the Southern Hemisphere with 48 Teams from all over Australia and New Zealand competing in 80 games over the 3 days.
Run over the June long weekend (9-11 June) this will be the second hit out at TGSS for The Northern Beaches Roller Girls travel team, The Sirens, having made the trip to Adelaide in 2016. This year however, will be the first time for the majority of the Sirens Squad, and debuts for three of their skaters.
“TGSS is a highlight on our derby calendar and we’re thrilled to have been invited back to compete this year.” said Sirens Captain, Sonia Collingwood. “Not only is TGSS a great learning experience for our squad, it’s an opportunity to watch some of the best teams from around Australia and New Zealand. The Sirens have been working hard in the lead up and we can’t wait to hit the track next Saturday!”
Held biennially since 2010, the tournament this year is set to be bigger than ever with a third division being added to the competition. The Northern Beaches Roller Girls will be competing in Division 3 of the competition and will be facing Westside Derby Dollz from Victoria and Adelaide home team, the Murder City Roller Girls in the first round.
League President, Charlie Pugh said The Northern Beaches Roller Girls are very proud to be able to send a team to represent the Northern Beaches “We are pleased and very proud to take our team of female athletes to Adelaide this year and to represent the Northern Beaches of Sydney at such a significant tournament in our Roller Derby community.” she said.
The Northern Beaches Roller Girls are currently raising money to pay for travel costs to The Great Southern Slam. If you would like to contribute please visit their GoFundme page www.gofundme.com/help-the-sirens-slam-at-tgss. This campaign will supplement what they have already raised with other fundraising community events such as their Roller Disco earlier in March this year.