In this week’s episode of The Adelaide Show, we meet Roller Derby stalwart, Moe Skeeto.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is Coopers Pale Ale.

And in the Musical Pilgrimage, we have a track from the Teenage Joans.

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Running Sheet: Adelaide Roller Derby

TIME SEGMENT
00:00:00 Intro
00:02:02 SA Drink Of The Week
Coopers Pale Als is the SA Drink Of The Week.
00:02:52 Adelaide Roller Derby

It’s funny how established sports seem “normal” while emerging (or re-emerging) sports like Roller Derby seem strange to the unfamiliar eye. And yet, they all start somewhere with rules evolving over time. Adelaide Roller Derby is renowned across Australia for its high-standard of play and its strong sense of community and I remember from last year, it hosts the world’s largest derby tournament, “The Great Southern Slam”, which will be back again in 2020. Moe Skeeto, welcome to the formal part of the podcast.

As you would know, Roller Derby began in the 1930s, became quite formal in the 1940s, went rather flamboyant in the 80s and 90s (which fixed endings just like World Championship Wrestling), then began its rebirth in the naughties. So it has pedigree and heritage but its rules are giggled about by newbies because they don’t seem entrenched like “contact” in Netball, “holding the ball” in AFL, or “LBW” in cricket. What will it take, do you think, for Australians to get to the point of having heated arguments about Roller Derby rules on Monday mornings?

Much of the PR for Roller Derby claims the sport is empowering women, building community and creating positive change. If we pick apart those claims, how does it:
Empower women
Build community
Create positive change

There are some great write ups about the rules and gameplay of Roller Derby on Wikipedia – I have a link in the show notes – so let’s just pick out one or two things that are most intriguing about the sport.
You have two teams of up to 15, but only 5 can play at once. You have two 30-minute periods per bout and in each 30-minute period you contest Jams which can last up to two minutes.
How do you score in a Jam?

Roller Derby looks like total chaos when you first see it but it turns out to be one of the most strategically challenging games around because you need to be applying attack and defence at once, on a round track, with all players going the same way. What sort of planning can you do for a Jam?

Roller Derby is a full contact sport at a time when all the other sports are getting “softer”. This is not what we expect to hear about “women’s sport”. Do you have many injuries? Can you see it softening?

There are four teams in the league, The Wild Hearses, The Salty Dolls, The Mile Die Club and The Road Train Rollers. Who has the deepest rivalries? And whose followers have the most and least teeth?

Do teams have club songs yet?

Would you like Roller Derby to become mainstream one day?

Describe Bout day – what is it like, what should you expect, and what should you bring?

00:26:30 Musical Pilgrimage
In the musical pilgrimage, we have a track called The Kids Are Cool But They’re Not Okay by the Teenage Joans.

Here’s this week’s preview video:

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