Roller derby juniors skate to victory

HOBART Junior Roller Derby competed at the Skate Victoria Junior Nationals in Bendigo in July – eventually placing second in the second division.

On the first day of competition, the Hobart Juniors played another Tasmanian team, Cradle Coast, winning 205-183.

In their second game, the team played against Pot Luck, a team from Queensland and New South Wales, and won 218-184.

Following two wins, the Hobart Junior Roller Derby lost to East Victoria 310-182.

The highlight of the weekend for the Hobart team was the opening game against Cradle Coast Junior Rollers.

This was the first time there has been two Tasmanian teams skating at a national event.

During the Nationals event, two of Hobart Junior Roller Derby’s skaters, Rupert Calvert, 16, and Hayley-Rose Pedley, 12, were asked to mentor a division three team.

Their mentorship consisted of helping newer skaters on track and showing them new techniques.

The mentorship was also in collaboration with the Hobart Junior Roller Derby leadership program.

Hobart Junior Roller Derby trains every Thursday afternoon at Woody’s Skate and Play during school terms and have just had a new intake of budding young skaters.

The team are currently looking for a local sponsor to help them reach the stars, and can be contacted via email at hjrd@mail.tidyhq.com.

Caption: The Hobart Junior Roller Derby placed second in division two at the Skate Victoria Junior Nationals in Bendigo.