By Matt Farnham
Photo Above: Arrgmageddon Poster © Arrgmageddon
Auld Reekie Roller Girls will host their last event at Meadowbank this Sunday and they are leaving in style.
A national tournament involving teams from Livingston, York, and Durham will play out over an eight-hour bonanza of furious derby action.
The ARRG All Star Rookies, the roller girls’ third team host the event Rosie Peacock one of the home team skaters explained “ARRGmageddon is a tournament that is held every year for midlevel teams and its hosted by Auld Reekie Rolle Girls and this year sees our c team the Astros taking on three other teams from around the UK, they each play each other and have a great time and the winner comes out on top.”
As part of the event, there will be entertainment, food, stalls, raffles a kids craft corner and bar as the event caters to the whole family.
For many Roller Derby is a new sport but, with new teams appearing across the UK, the sport is in a growth spurt. Rosie has been playing roller derby for eight years “I say to people is it really is for everyone, it doesn’t matter if you can skate or not, or if you’re young old there’s a place for everyone. Whether that’s on the track or as one of the officials or as a volunteer, it’s a really great community to be part of and I think everyone should give it a go.”
Although she also warns “Roller derby is a cult and you can actively quote me on that, its definitely a cult you’ll dedicate your life to it, you’ll fall in love with it and you’ll start making really absurd decisions based on it. But it is an incredibly rewarding sport and community”
The Auld Reekie Roller Girls now feature three teams and the visiting team promise to bring quality skaters too “The skaters to watch out for would be track adder, obviously one of the girls and also Hazzard Hazel Motchen who is with Livingston but also the team manager for Scotland.” said Rosie.
With the imminent closure of Meadowbank, the home of the ARRG, this weekend’s event is set to be a last big hurrah.
ARRGmageddon takes place on Saturday 25 November at Meadowbank Stadium with tickets available on the door or to book in advance online.