Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Guys Get Skates on to Catch Up Bruise Brothers Join the Slam Sisters

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Guys Get Skates on to Catch Up Bruise Brothers Join the Slam Sisters

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IT'S a sport known for its wild women - now roller derby in Gladstone has got the blokes on board, too.

Gladstone Roller Derby will unveil its new co-ed team in tonight's huge season opener.

And while the full-contact sport has always been high-intensity, league spokeswoman Mary Bolling - known in the sport as "Ale Mary" - said the blokes make the competition more hard-hitting than ever.

"We've been training with the guys for a few months now, and our game has definitely become a lot fiercer," she said.

"But the boys still have plenty to learn from us."

The Haul Stars - named for Gladstone's heavy hauling port - made their debut in Toowoomba on February 14, against the Quad Squad, chalking up a whopping 226-52 win.

The Haul Stars includes many players from Gladstone Roller Derby's female Hustlers team, including crowd favourites Slayer Swift, Zerky and Candy Contusions on the coaching bench.

But tonight's bout, against the North Queensland Muff N Men, will be the first time the girls will share the on-track spotlight, with new male skaters including Cutthroat King and former referee Target Dummy. …

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