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Feature Preview: The Great Southern Slam

Group D

Pirate City Rollers (Auckland, NZ)

Pirate City are the most venerable league in the competition, forming in 2006 as the first roller derby league outside North America. For their first few years, though, interleague experience was non-existent; the first interleague bout in New Zealand took place in November 2009, between Pirate City and Wellington’s Richter City Roller Derby. PCR is one of just two Kiwi leagues fielding a team in this year’s tournament and took fourth place at the 2010 Great Southern Slam.

This is their first trip back across the Tasman since that tournament, but not their most recent taste of trans-Tasman play: Adelaide sent their all-stars to Auckland in October and brought them back with a 185-126 win. Since Pirate City’s last appearance in Australia, they’ve had some roster turnover, losing key players to the newer Auckland Roller Derby League, but they retain many of the most experienced derby skaters in the Southern Hemisphere on their 2012 team.

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0.38 Pieces of Hate // 3.141 Calamity Jayne // 30 Napoleon Vaginamite // 54 Lady Trample // 64 Skate the Muss // 71 Big Mack // 73 Coup de Talia // 74 Past-Her Belz // 195 Stabby Nixx // 333 Khloe Karbash-Ya-In // 555 Bad Jelly the Bitch // 666 Terror Santana // 828 Fia Fasi Oe? // 852 Myrtle Kombat // ’57 Chevy Impaler // 4BB Minnie Mayhem // C4 Ruby Red Knuckles // i4i Pentakill

Northern Brisbane Rollers (Brisbane, Qld)

Northern Brisbane Rollers date back to 2008 and have a fierce rivalry with Sun State Roller Girls – the two teams are part of the most dynamic local derby scene in Oz and there’s a constant flow of talent between the various leagues in Brisbane. That said, the fluidity doesn’t extend to the relative ranking of Sun State and Northern Brisbane: NBR is consistently snapping at the heels of the older league.

Most recently, the cross-town rivals met in the final game of the Tropicarnage Cup and NBR lost 253-44. Northern Brisbane has maintained one of the busiest interleague schedules in the country, taking on Canberra (176-75 loss), Sydney (148-38 loss) and Perth (201-139 win) in 2011. They also received the Rat City educational experience in November, getting cleaned up 336-71 to the Rat City team that had just dispatched Sun State.

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3 Fe Fe Ferocious // 5 Oh Hell No! // 8 Anabelle Lecter // 14 Christy Demons // 20 Beth Adder // 39 Eva Brawl // 41 Lil Gee Unit // 42 Trauma Junkie // 47 Thumpelina // 49 Sissy Smackdown // 65 Janosaurus Wrecks // 76 Brutal Deluxe // 84 PollyWanna Smasha // 86 Poppy La Pain // 268 Crush n Kik // 357 Long Lash Massacre // 505 Brandee Snapz // 711 Slaggedy Anne // 782 Tiger Tantrum // 9mm Raspberry Bullet

Wollongong-Illawarra Roller Derby (Wollongong, NSW)

Wollongong-Illawarra (Wollongong is the city, Illawarra the region) Roller Derby is just a couple of hours south of Sydney, and like Newcastle, have benefitted from the increasingly competitive leagues in driving distance. In 2011, they took part in the Eastern Region Championships, ultimately placing 4th after losing to Newcastle 117-86.

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0 AVO // 4 Kitty Killher // 7 iKandy // 20 Underbelly Morelli // 114 Courtney Lovebite // 116 Tantrum // 187 Penny Narsty // 247 Demander // 288 Chakram // 333 Manic Bullet // 505 DropBear // 696 White Hawk // 824 Vishious Ness // 2412 Downundathunda // 8008 Janis Job’em

Group E

Canberra Roller Derby League (Canberra, ACT)

Hailing from the Australian capital city, Canberra Roller Derby made their interleague debut at the first Great Southern Slam, but failed to make it past the group rounds after a win over Van Diemen Rollers and a loss to Adelaide. Since then, they’ve grown into a highly competitive team and are the reigning Eastern Region champions after defeating Sydney 124-83 in October 2011.

In their most recent interleague action, they handed Geelong’s Bloody Marys a 152-54 loss; they’ve also beaten Northern Brisbane, Wollongong-Illawarra, Newcastle and Western Sydney in the last 12 months. Canberra has consistently fallen short of hanging with the toughest competition in the country: they’ve had big losses at the hands of both Sun State (181-48, 6/8/11) and Victoria (166-67, 19/3/11). Their roster boasts Team Australia’s MVP from the Derby World Cup, the tiny and indefatigable Shortstop.

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6 Short Stop // 10 Rainbow Spite // 12 Fauna Cat // 16 Roulette Rouge // 22 Pink Mist // 24 Ginger Nutcase // 66 ValHannah // 72 Matha Faquar // 77 Shaggle Frock // 89 AnneThrax // 109 Bullseye Bettie // 277 Dalai Slam’er // 308 Amykazeee // 327 Ova Bearing // 411 Bambi von Smash’er // 1080 Aunty Aggro // 1337 Freudian Slit // 1973 Dirty Torque // 1975 Bohemoth Rhapsody // 0+ Prairie Scorn

Perth Roller Derby (Perth, WA)

Perth also appeared at the 2010 Great Southern Slam, making it through to the first round of elimination games but falling to the Pirate City Rollers. They’re the most established league in Western Australia and play in the most isolated city on earth. They haven’t let their location get in the way of competition, though: they regularly take on teams from the other Perth-based league, Western Australia Roller Derby, as well as teams from more remote WA leagues and interstate visitors. Most recently, they hosted Northern Brisbane Rollers and lost 201-139; they also took on Adelaide’s Adeladies in August 2011.

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11 Wheels McCoy // 13 Mary Fagdalene // 17 Lucky Striker // 25 Polly Cystic // 55 Cherry Flips // 88 Minnie Screwdriver // 99 MaCy Hammer // 209 Maximum Cazualty // 247 Annie Thingoes // 321 Morgan Wildchild // 611 Freyda Nuffin // 747 Salma Crushdie // 1111 Cirque Du Slay-Her // 1348 Babeonic Plague // 1979 Maggie Snatcher // 1990 Edward Slaughterhands // 8008 Tora Hymenov // B00M Megaton Son // S0S FeMaelstrom // TS7 PJ Carvey

Gold Coast Roller Derby (Gold Coast, Qld)

Gold Coast hail from the Australian tourist mecca of the same name, an hour south of Brisbane. They’ve benefitted from the stiff and frequent competition on offer nearby, but have so far only participated in regional interleague play. They made a showing at the Tropicarnage Cup and have taken on teams from Northern Brisbane, Brisbane City and the Sunshine Coast’s Coastal Assassins in one-off games.

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$2.50 Sushi Slammer // 4 Cruel-Ella T’Kill // 5 Hook’her // 7 Nikki Nitro // 11 Guns N Rosie // 22 Kat Da Brat // 23 Ram Jam // 24 TMNT Shell Raiser // 28 Goldie Scorn // 32 Bad Vegan // 72 Muff Vader // 75 Molly Malicious // 77 TeeBag // 89 Alice Affliction // 96 Ziggy Gnarly // 101 Titty GryffinWhore // 113 Death Angel // 182 Naipalm