Convicts stealing the competition

THE Hobart Convict City Rollers have been ranked as the number 10 Roller Derby team in Australia after a month of intense, high-level interstate competition.

The Convicts were ranked number 112 in November last year out of 146 teams nationwide.

The team’s dramatic rise up the ranks comes after convincing wins against South Sydney on xx and Wollongong/Illawarra on xx

2014 has seen the Convicts travel to Adelaide, Bendigo, Wollongong and Sydney to compete.

Team captain Matylda Chugg said strength and versatility were features of both the New South Wales games.

“The Convicts’ strong offensive strategies teamed with their ‘nail-breaking’ defence tipped both NSW teams over the edge,” she said.

“Opposition jammers struggled to break free from the pack and opposition blockers were unable to find fault in their walls.”

According to the Flat Track Stats website, the Convicts have defied game predictions and performed better than expected in all games this year – the team’s biggest win was by 152 points and its biggest loss by 11 points.

“We have always fought hard to stop our relative geographic isolation from the rest of the country being a barrier to our development,” Convicts skater Alabama Hurley said.

“Being ranked 10th in Australia shows this has paid off for our league.”

The ranking increase tops off a stellar year for the Convicts after recently being accepted into the Womens’ Flat Track Derby Association – the sport’s governing body, opening up the possibility of international competition in America.

The Convicts will continue to train in the off-season for the Bont Invitational, an elite tournament in Newcastle in January.

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