SYDNEY may have won, but the crowd still favoured home team Richter City All Stars in Saturday’s first international roller derby bout.
Wellington supporters dressed in orange and purple flooded the arena, and when the All Stars made their entrance the crowd exploded into cheers, applause and foot stamping so hard the stands shook.
Darkness fell for the entrance of the Sydney City Assassins, who skated out with a handheld lights display.
The teams skated fast and brutally hard, both sides suffering hard knocks and falls, and even the referees took a few hits. The half time score saw the Assassins leading 97-82.
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The crowd spent the night booing the Aussie team and cheering whenever a Sydney girl fell, but the Richter City girls did their best to quiet the crowd and keep it fair.
The Assassins eventually got their own back by winning with a final score of 164-128.
It was good sportsmanship all round as the All Stars congratulated their opponents – all of them coming together hugging and smiling – before going to the after party together afterwards.
The team tweeted the following morning that the teams were off to have brunch together before the Assassins went home.
A raffle raised $1740 for the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, which the Richter City League topped up with another $1000.
Wellington’s next event is a Triple Header – an exhibition game where the league’s three teams will play shorter 30-minute bouts against one another and the newest team will make their debut.
The Triple Header is on April 16, at 7pm in the TSB arena. Tickets will be $13 online and $15 at the door.
There is also a Fresh Meat and Greet session on March 30 at the Southern Cross Bar on Abel Smith St, where everyone is welcome to hang out with the Richter City girls and talk derby.