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Feature Preview: The Great Southern Slam

Group B

Sun State Roller Girls (Brisbane, Qld)

Sun State’s rivalry with Victoria is as old as the leagues themselves, dating back to the earliest days of Australian roller derby when the two leagues formed just a few weeks apart, albeit with 1800km between them. They’ve never managed to edge out a victory over Victoria, but have taken them down to the wire, holding them to a two-point margin in the nail-biting final of the 2010 Great Southern Slam.

More recently, Victoria picked up a more resounding win over Sun State, taking a 124-93 victory on SSRG’s home turf at the end of April, 2011. Sun State has also benefitted from international competition – Rat City’s Australian tour ended in Brisbane, where they delivered a 232-56 learning experience in November.

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5 Sweet Enemy // 8 Polly Crackers // 9 Lizery // 11 Ladykiller // 12 Rose Ruin // 18 Stepford Knife // 20 Macca Spine Smasher // 28 Muzzarati // 31 La Mort Rouge // 44 Slawta Dawta // 45 Cookie Cutter // 54 Masochist Mel // 101 T-Wizz // 117 Chop Chop // 133 Tizzy Fit // 182 Stixx n Bones // 314 Smackarena // 330 Rola Cherry Cola // 411 Blockodile Dundee // 911 Sculley

Geelong Roller Derby League (Geelong, Vic)

Geelong engage in frequent interleague play with nearby VRDL, regularly taking on Victoria’s home teams and their B-team, the Queen Bees. On a trip to the nation’s capital last November, they fell to Canberra’s Vice City Rollers 152-54. Their only win of 2011 was over their group-round opponents, South Sea Roller Derby’s all-star Sirens: they left with a 129-80 victory. In the 2010 Great Southern Slam, Geelong formed a combined team with state rivals Ballarat – this year, both teams are fielding independents sides.

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6 Ricochet Ramona // 7 Vyvian Oblivion // 8 Rai Scar // 25 Mish B Haven // 44 Rhythm & Bruise // 58 Stack Kat // 75 Genie Smakers // 82 Ace of Hearts // 83 Nitro Nutter // 89 Jas Flash Pants // 93 Ellen B Rage // 101 Ruby E Raze // 202 Estee Slaughter // 377 Penny Le Pain // 920 Gnarwer Bonez // 1919 Death Roll Doll // 8763 Rotten Revenge

South Sea Roller Derby (Melbourne, Vic)

South Sea Roller Derby hail from Melbourne’s south-east suburbs and have had a string of regional match-ups in the hotbed of derby talent in and around the city, taking on Ballarat, Victoria’s B-team and Geelong. They’ve been defeated in all their 2011 games within Victoria, but travelled across the country to take on Western Australia’s WARDs of the Skate in July; they picked up a 127-80 win over the Perth team.

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2 Harmin’ Miranda // 4 Ale Mary // 5 Assault ‘n’ Pepper // 15 Maiden Japan // 16 Inkabelle // 21 Dodge Viper // 23 Jack of Hurts // 24 Lola Skater // 27 Terror to Pieces // 33 TiTasaurus // 40 Blitzkreig Deluxe // 47 Mouldylocks // 85 Mel Adjusted // 87 Cyndi Lawbreaker // 303 Mollycious Intent // 469 Oriental Xpress // 512 Slamdora // 601 Misty Meaner // 2806 Dani Darko // K1W1 Right Up Ya Ali

Group C

Adelaide Roller Derby (Adelaide, SA)

Tournament hosts Adelaide Roller Derby are the only league in the Southern Hemisphere ever to defeat Victoria – but that was back in August 2009 at Skate of Origin 2 and they’ve yet to repeat the feat. The Adeladies are undefeated since the last Great Southern Slam and their most recent action was a trans-Tasman jaunt to reprise the TGSS 2010 third-place matchup; they defeated the Pirate City Rollers 185-126 in Auckland last October. The roster has had huge shake-ups since then, with eleven new skaters making their interleague debut at this tournament.

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2 Sneaker Streaker // 9 Kit Cat Krunch // 10 Barrelhouse Bessy // 11 KillaKaze // 18 Jetfire // 21 The Little Murdermaid // 24 Fury of Fenrir // 29 Bam Bam Belial // 33 Moe Skeeto // 37 Gateway Girl // 38 Bone Shaker // 44 Lashez // 46 Elle Catraz // 75 Rattleskate // 88 The Philistine // 91 Ankle Grinder // 106 Tricksey Belt’em // 454 Gogo Fiasco // 2010 Miss Whirl // 2880 Blue Wrenegade

Brisbane City Rollers (Brisbane, Qld)

Brisbane City Rollers are the oldest co-ed league in Australia, holding their first bout in late 2009. Their recent interleague play has been largely limited to Queensland, taking third place in the Tropicarnage Cup – a 14-bout tournament featuring teams from Queensland and northern New South Wales – in November 2011 and challenging a variety of other Brisbane leagues.

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5 Mace // 7 Carly Lucas // 10 Sera Gardiner // 11 Fang Fiend // 13 Wonder Witch // 18 Horror Lulu // 27 Lil’ Decoy // 40 Unforgiving Bunny // 54 Penergy // 72 ViXXXen // 88 Speed Angel // 89 Miss Strykher // 131 Smasha Fierce // 162 Florence Fightingale // 244 Iron Thighs // 852 Chaser on the Rocks // 888 N-Sane BeeArch // 999 Narsty

Western Australia Roller Derby (Perth, WA)

Western Australia has repeatedly faced their cross-town rivals, Perth Roller Derby, with two major matches in 2011. In October, the all-star WARDs of the Skate took down Perth’s B-team, the Rumble Bees, 143-90; five months earlier, Perth’s all-star team defeated WA 188-76. Western Australia’s only other interleague game last year saw them lose to South Sea in July.

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0 Hot Wheels // 4 Uzi // 15 I SCREAM // 27 Dotty Deranged // 41 Karmen Adairya // 44 Whisky Sour // 53 Taye Q. Down // 72 Xanadon’t // 78 Face N. Vada // 88 Steely Niel // 147 Cassowary // 333 Juicy M. Suffer // 675 DAMANDA // 1236 Madamage // 1408 Ophelia Terror // H4RD Bruiser von Basher // M4 Modern Warfare // V8 Darth Vida