Wheat City Angels make their mark

MVP awards are chosen by the opposing team; they reflect a player who proved difficult to stop, never gave up and was generally a pain in the backside.

DETERMINED: Hurtie Beetle (star helmet) pushes her way through for the Matildas. The side included three members of the Wheat City Angels.

DETERMINED: Hurtie Beetle (star helmet) pushes her way through for the Matildas. The side included three members of the Wheat City Angels.

Three members of the Wheat City Angels took to the track in Moe on Saturday, August 5 for round 7 of the Statewide Stampede Roller Derby tournament.

Hurtie Beetle, Tenacious and Demolition Darls joined forces with their bouting team, the Rolling Matildas, to do battle with Ballarat Roller Derby’s The Rat Pack. 

The game was always going to be a challenging one, with the Rat Pack being tournament leaders.

The final score of 321-83 showed exactly why the Pack is on top. 

The Matildas played a ripper second half, matching the Rat Pack score for score, skating hard and never giving up. Wheat City members came away most proud of their own Hurtie Beetle (Pru Cook of Dimboola).

Beetle took out the round’s prestigious most valuable player jammer.

STAR: Hurtie Beetle shows off her trophies after a successful debut.

STAR: Hurtie Beetle shows off her trophies after a successful debut.

MVP awards are chosen by the opposing team; they reflect a player who proved difficult to stop, never gave up and was generally a pain in the backside for the other team.

Beetle was also nominated by her team captains and coaches as the Matildas top player of the day, quickly adding another trophy to her collection. 

What was most exciting was the fact it was actually her debut bout. 

Beetle has progressed from a beginner to bouting skater in just 12 months, proving that determination and dedication to your sport do pay off.

The next challenge for the Angels will be on August 26 and 27, when the Matildas will take part in a national co-ed tournament being staged at the Melbourne Showgrounds. 

As part of the United Roller Derby Playoffs, five bouting skaters from Wheat City will line up for three games on the one day.

They will fight it out for a chance to make the finals against teams from Darwin, Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. 

It’s shaping up to be a rewarding and challenging experience.

Warracknabeal's Wheat City Derby Angels are one of the Wimmera's fastest growing Roller Derby sides. For more information, check out their page on Facebook. 

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