Middlesbrough roller derby league bring the pain to Sheffield and you can join them!

6 Jan

Whilst most people will be starting 2011 with a hangover and feeling of selection box-induced guilt, the Middlesbrough Milk Rollers – the North East’s first roller derby league since 2007 – are training hard for their first public bout of the year.

MMR’s travel team The War Buttons are taking on Sheffield Steel Rollergirls on Saturday 29th January 2011 in a bout titled ‘Tarzan and Pain’. Captain Darcey Hustle says, “I love SSRG and appreciate their clean, tactical & fast skating, however MMR have come on a lot since last year. This will be the first time in over 3 years that the league will actually have FULL MMR on track, with no guest skaters. This is a massive deal, as it’s what we’ve been striving for, for all this time.”

The game involves formation roller skating around an oval track with heavy contact and tactical plays and has become increasingly popular in the UK over the past few years – when MMR started their were 4 leagues in the UK, now there are around 45 and there is now a national organisation – The UK Roller Derby Association – which MMR are proud members of.

Aswell as bouting, MMR are dedicated to helping roller derby grow, and hold monthly tryouts for new skaters of all ages and backgrounds. The first one of 2011 is on Sunday 30th January at the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Coulby Newham.

Team captain Darcey Hustle says, “Roller derby attracts women who normally don’t like sport because you not only need thin athletic types on track, you also need women with curves to lay the smackdown. It’s also more interesting and exciting than most boring mundane sports.

“We are looking for lovely people who have a good attitude, and who aren’t afraid of putting some work in to become an ace roller derby skater”.

If you fancy channelling your inner Tank Girl and signing up for tryouts, or going to cheer MMR on in Sheffield find out more at http://www.middlesbroughmilkrollers.co.uk

For more information plus hi-res photos, contact MMR’s press and publicity officer Germaine Leer at boroskates@hotmail.co.uk

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