Paperback heroes - the derby flyer

Beside me is a tower of loose, colourful A5-sized booklets resting precariously upon each other. It's a tower of history - bright, eye-catching pages dancing a story of noise, of victory, of... smells. Some are creased, torn or weathered by history itself. Some, like history, have been walked over by drunk bastards, rolled over by giants who are the heroes of some and the nemeses of others. Most have been casually defaced by a loafing quack of a journalist.

I love the roller derby flyer.

This snappy and convenient hand-out is a brilliant invention and I thank the enterprising individual who came up with the idea. The flyer contains the sort of information that you just can't dredge out of a Facebook event page. Here are some of the things I find the most useful about the derby flyer, in no particular order:

A sweet victory for SSRD against BRDL - 'Candy Caned', 1st Dec

We pulled into the car park of Springers Leisure Centre, and like a valve bursting on demand, the skies erupted with a deluge.

I must've arrived at a South Sea Roller Derby bout.

Marking the start of the festive season was 'Candy Caned' - the final event of 2012 for this friendly Victorian league, which was hosting the night's proceedings. Their visiting guests were the Ballarat Roller Derby League's Rat Pack, who'd made the trip down to battle it out against SSRD's all-star travel team, the Sirens.