FRIGHTS and fights will be the order of the day at a Halloween-themed roller derby bout to raise money for charity this month.
The Western Sydney Rollers are gearing up to batter and bruise opponents in its annual Halloween even, which this year is called ‘Village of the Slammed’.
Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre will be the venue for the bout, which will raise money for mental health awareness charity Beyond Blue.
Roller derby player Penny Dobie, known as Dobie Wan Kenobi to her teammates, said the Rollers are primed to deliver a day of high-intensity competition.
She said the league chose to support Beyond Blue as a sign of solidarity with a teammate.
“We have a Halloween event every year but this year we thought we’d use it to support a charity too,” she said.
“One the people we know has been battling with depression. It’s something that touches everyone’s lives.
“We’re excited. It should be a great day and it’s raising money for a good cause.”
Ms Dobie said a modified version of roller derby will be played on the day to allow for audience participation.
“If someone is in the [penalty] box, you can pay to let them out. Or if you want to swap the scores, you can donate $50,” she said.
Ms Dobie said the league’s junior, co-ed and women’s team will take part in bouts on the day.
She said the sport was making inroads in regards to the number of men playing the traditionally female-dominated game.
“We’ve grown a lot recently. Our last intake of players saw about 25 new people join up.
“It’s a very female-dominated sport but it’s growing in the men’s side. We have made a co-ed team and the men’s bouts are a lot of fun to watch.”
Spectators are encouraged to dress in their best scary costumes, while a cake stall and raffle will run throughout the day.
For more information, visit: www.westernsydneyrollers.com.au