Camokazis practice against Western Sydney Rollers

EVEN the sting of a broken nose will not deter Hawkesbury Hills Area Roller Derby league player Lola Ebola from strapping on her skates this weekend for her side’s 5x5 Roller Derby Championship game.

Players from the local league will travel to Liverpool on Saturday to play a squad from the Illawarra Roller Derby League.

The league’s competition team, the Camokazis, had a scrimmage against the Western Sydney Rollers in Penrith at the weekend.

Jammer Erin ‘‘Lola Ebola’’ George broke her nose in the practise bout, and spent Sunday night in Nepean Hospital receiving treatment.

Despite this, she is determined to play in the real bout on Saturday.

‘‘We’re down to an interesting stage in the competition where point differentials will decide who gets to play for what spot in the finals; and who will be out,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s all really close at the moment, so everyone will be playing their hearts out.’’

Lauren ‘‘Butter Scream’’ Boxall said it was good to have a win, albeit in a practice bout, against the Rollers.

‘‘We came out well ahead on the scoreboard, but the most important thing about scrimmage is getting to practise the things you have been working on, without the pressure of a real game,’’ she said.

The team is in second place in its division, and will need to stay there if it wants to progress to the finals.

The Illawarra team has not had a bout since April and the Camokazis will hope the team is rusty after such a long time.

It will be the final regular season bout for the Camokazis, with the team slated for the bye in the fifth and final regular season round in July.

The league will host an information session for new players on Sunday. It will be at the Bligh Park Family Tavern from 4pm to 5pm.

People interested in playing can register on the day, and registrations will be open until the end of July.

The first training session for the new intake of players will be on July 17.