Sydney is currently celebrating its 40th Mardi Gras. With gay marriage recently legalised in Australia (cue loud cheering); we’d like to say that if there’s one thing that Western Sydney Rollers (WSR) prides itself on (family friendly fun, good sportsmanship, etc aside), it’s the fact that we’re inclusive!
No matter what team you play for, you can play for us!
To everyone celebrating Mardi Gras this weekend, we hope you have a wonderful time!
Some of our fabulous league members recently starred in the Penrith Press, showcasing the league and its 10 year anniversary.
Looking fierce on the front page (!!) is one of the league’s founding members, Major Dil-Emma. Major Dil-Emma has been a source of inspiration throughout her time with WSR, tackling everything from training and bouting through to reffing and assisting on committees. Don’t be fooled by her war paint, Major Dil-Emma is super loyal when it comes to her team and her league.
Cut to the back page and you can meet more of our enthusiastic members and see why the sport of roller derby is so popular. With options for women, men, youngsters, skaters and officials; there is something for everyone in the sport of roller derby.
“It was always an inclusive sport for women; now it’s an inclusive sport for everyone,” – Major Dil-Emma
WSR is now recruiting… Take a chance, be fierce and join the family!
Special thanks to the Penrith Press for a rolling good article on WSR!
The Halloween Benefit Bout you’ve been waiting for…
Roll up for a ghoulish end to your weekend on Sunday, 29 October as Western Sydney Rollers (WSR) fright it out in this special charity bout.
Watch the pint-sized but fearsome juniors from 4.30pm. Don’t be fooled by their size – what they like in height, they make up in grit.
From 6pm, the Federales will clash with the Men of Steel in an fierce all Men’s derby game.
At 7.30pm, your favourite WSR women return to the track in a co-ed spectacular. This game will feature modified rules, with all proceeds from this game donated to beyondblue. beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Got a sweet tooth? Indulge in a delicious cupcake or cookie from our bake sale. Time between games? Test your luck in the guessing competition or raffle. There are plenty of great prizes to win!
Spectators rolled up to Cambridge Park last Saturday for a Derby in Wonderland grand final showdown between the B-52 Bombshells and the Blackheart Brawlers.
First up in the line up, some fierce and feisty under 18’s took to the track for a junior derby mini bout. The audience may have been lulled into thinking that the pint-sized action would be easy going but they were soon proven wrong! The Cheshire Cats took victory from The Mad Hatters, 179 to 69.
The mini bout fun continued with the Riot Squad battling visiting team, The Empire. The intra-league team fought hard but chaos was the order of the night – The Empire claimed the win, 171 to 65.
Then, the highlight of the night when last year’s rival grand final teams faced off again. It was a fast-paced, action filled game but the Bombshells were left grinning like; well, a Chesire cat, when they took out the title, 192 to 78.
Of course, there was plenty of fun in between too with delicious cakes, doughnuts, chocolates and biscuits on offer – as well as amazing raffle prizes and a spot of duck throwing (rubber, no animals were harmed in the making of this derby spectacular!).
Thanks to everyone who came to cheer on their favourite players and teams, and for supporting Western Sydney Rollers. A massive congratulations to our victors and well done to everyone who played, and a warm thanks for our NSOs and refs for their hard work.
Stay tuned for more exciting bout action later in the year!
Psst…Check out more action in the photos on facebook, thanks to B.T. Photography.
Come one, come all to Western Sydney Rollers GRAND FINAL!
The night promises to be action packed with 2 mini-bouts – our junior derby kicks off this fantastic triple header, followed by WSR’s Riot Squad against S2D2’s The Empire to kick off the night.
Then facing each other once again in the Grand Final is the B52 Bombshells and the Black Heart Brawlers! Two years ago we saw an epic showdown which resulted in the Black Heart Brawlers brawling their way to victory! This time, will we see the Bombshells dominate and leave the Brawlers in the dust? or will the Black Heart Brawlers smash through and winning again? Who will be victorious in this epic showdown and conclude Western Sydney Rollers Grand Final?!
You can show your support for WSR on the day by tasting some of our delicious bake sale offerings or purchasing tickets in our raffle.
Come on down to Penrith Valley Regional Sports Centre on Saturday 15 July from 2:45pm to witness all the derby madness!
Don’t forget to join us at the Colonial Hotel following the event for our after party!
Tickets are $11.50 online, or $15 at the door. Online ticket sales close Friday 14 July at 5pm.
It’s Round 3 time and with the competition heating up, it’s sure to be a thriller! Grab your family and friends and catch all the action on Saturday 3 June.
The sassy B-52 Bombshells will take on a mystery guest team from 5.00pm while the Riot Squad and Blackheart Brawlers will go head-to-head in the main bout from 6.45.
As always, you can satisfy your sweet tooth while taking in the action on the track – derby peeps will showcase their talents off the track with mouthwatering treats on offer at our delicious bake stall. Cupcakes and supporting your favourite league? Win win!
Doors open from 4.00pm and you can join us at the end of the night at The Colonial for a good feed and music.
Round 3 moves to the wild, wild west as your favourite Western Sydney Rollers play host to all the action out of Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium in South Windsor. Games start from 1pm with doors open from 12.30pm.
1pm – Varsity vs Newcastle (A)
3pm – Maitland vs Inner West (B)
5pm – Western Sydney vs Central Coast (A)
7pm – South Side vs Hawkesbury (B)
When: Saturday, May 27 2017, from 12.30pm Where: Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium, 16 Stewart St, South Windsor, NSW 2756 Cost: Limited tickets available at the door for $15. Kids under 12 are FREE
Your favourite Western Sydney Rollers’ players are back for more action on the track! Wear RAINBOW to support diversity and roll on down to watch Round 2 of the intraleague competition on Saturday 6 May, 2017.
The guys and gals in blue and gold won’t disappoint as the Riot Squad goes head-to-head with The Empire from 5pm.
Keep the adrenaline pumping with the main bout clash between the fiery B52 Bombshells and the fearsome Blackheart Brawlers, from 6.45pm.
Don’t forget to bring your spare change for the always delicious bake sale – chocolate cupcakes, need we say more?
The fun doesn’t end when the bouts do – join us at The Colonial for our traditional after party. It’s a great chance to catch up with your favourite derby players over dinner!
Grab a season pass for just $40 and enjoy all the derby goodness for 2017. Children under 12 are FREE!
You’ve probably seen the awesome hastags our roller girls and guys have been using lately #wsrtrainlikechamps and #nosuchthingasoffseason but what if you’re a mum wanting to balance off-season training with playtime? That was my conundrum.
I work full-time, add to that roller derby including volunteer time and you get #mumguilt when you miss spending time with your spawn.
As the famous commercial goes, “why not do both”? This has been my #wsrmumstrainlikechamps workout for the last two months or so:
In between pushes on the swing complete the following set three times:
20 × squat holds
20 × right leg lunges
20 × left leg lunges
This should give your offspring a good 5-10 minutes on the swing and you can actually enjoy swing time too, instead of going into zombie mum mode.
Ask your darling kidlet to hold on tight. Grab the rail and Carioca/grapevine around the the roundabout. Start slow and work your way faster. How fast can you go? If you go one direction always do the other. Only go for 30 seconds at a time so you and the offspring don’t get too dizzy and fall (learnt that the hard way…).
Ask kidlet to hold on tight. Sit on the very edge of the roundabout, lean back to about 45° and push with just the balls of your feet and toes. Start slow and go faster and faster. Again only do 30 second reps. Stop and spin in the opposite direction. Try changing it up and just use the heels of your feet instead of the balls of your feet. Too easy? Try not to lean on your arms. Put them in front of you in prayer position.
Rope Climbing Frame
Find a length of rope about belly height and hold on with your hands about shoulder width apart. Move your feet back until you are in a comfortable position to do two sets of press ups of 20 reps each. Too easy? Move your feet back further and move your feet to hip width apart and then shoulder width. Still too easy? Find a length of rope at knee height. Lie on the ground and place your feet or ankles on the rope. Complete your reps as push ups.
The Rope Basket/Net Swing
Jump in the net swing with your lil’ dear facing you in the centre. Place your legs and feet on either side of your kidlet and sit toward the edge facing the direction of swing. Hold on, lean back and push with your legs and feet in the direction of the forward swing and bring it back to a crunch on the back swing. See how much swing you can create without touching the ground/getting a push. Too easy? Try not to hold on or use your arms for swinging, get to a point where you are stable enough to swing while your hands are in front of you in the prayer position.
Monkey Bars or Climbing Frame
Try doing some pull ups. Cross your feet in front of you to avoid pushing off with your feet and just use your arms. Tbh, I’ve got really weak arms…I would just try to do one or two reps before moving on…
Some more tips
Take time to warm up whether it is part of walking to the park or a quick game of chasings around the backyard before you start.
Protect your back, engage your core with each rep by sucking your bellybutton inwards.
Get creative, make playtime about both/all of you enjoying yourselves, if your cheeky monkey wants to play here/there how can you play too and challenge yourself.
Don’t over do it if you still need to walk back home from the playground either mum needs lots of breaks or Mr Two needs to be carried home along with his bike and drink (lol).
You’re at the park to play and spend time with your precious babies, remember to engage with them, ask for help counting your reps, make funny faces or noises with each rep, or make up some imaginative play together.
Be that fun mum that properly “plays” at their playground, it doesn’t all have to be about reps and stretching, running around playing tip or the floor is lava is still a workout, trust me.
In the end, Axel and I did have fun and I feel #derbystrong for our 2017 season.