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TV debut for roller derby sirens
6:30am Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
SOUTHEND’S rough and tough roller derby girls, the Seaside Sirens, feature in a new TV show, which is being screened tomorrow <Friday>.
The Sirens, based at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, are one of the teams filmed for the series, Roller Derby Till I Die, which is broadcast on the Extreme Sports Channel.
The American contact sport involves teams of five – usually women – skating against each other on a circuit, with the opposition trying to block their way.
TheTVseries features action from the London Rollergirls League, including the Seaside Sirens, whose 60 members train three times a week. The Sirens were filmed in June, when they played and beat a London team in the capital.
Siren Eleanor Punter, 31, said: “Its really exciting to be part of the series and for it to get coverage on TV. It’s a growing sport. We live and breathe it, but there are people who haven’t heard of it.
“Until our last game against Newcastle, we had an unbeaten run this year.”
Mum-of-two Eleanor has been playing for two years and said the game in the UK was fast becoming more tactical and less violent.
She added: “It used to be about massive hits, but as the game evolves, it’s more tactical – about trapping opponents, not smashing them to the floor. It certainly keeps me fit.”
The series starts on Extreme at 9pm.
The Seaside Sirens’ last game of the season, against Lincolnshire Bombers, is on November 8 at Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre, at Garon Park.
For tickets, or to joining the Sirens, visit seasidesirenrollergirls.com
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