May 2015 01

Every month South Side Derby Dolls votes for our Member of the Month.

Member of the Month honours our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and general awesomeness.

Our April 2015 Member of the Month was Shona Mercy!

A talented skater and photographer and a much-loved member of S2D2, Shona Mercy has recently also taken on coaching duties for The Empire! When she’s not busy running and creating content for Alter Life Magazine (one of our awesome sponsors this year), she’s bringing her positivity and roller derby know-how to developing our skaters, both at training and behind the scenes!

What 3 words describe roller derby to you?
Passion, determination & dedication

What’s your Derby name and Number?
Shona Mercy #616

What is the inspiration and story behind your derby name and number?
It was kind of a random nickname from Year 7. I completely forgot about until I started roller derby to be honest. I needed a ‘stage name’ and it popped back into my head after all those years!

How did you get involved with roller derby?
After skating my entire life across many different disciplines, I wanted to try out roller derby. I actually wanted to for about 3 years before I actually did. Finally the stars aligned and I entered SRDL’s freshmeat intake in 2010 and after skating for a couple of years with Sydney I decided to quit. That was, until the seed got planted that I come to have a ‘fun,little informal skate’ at S2D2… as soon as I walked in the door I knew it was where I was meant to be.

What is your pre-derby sports and skating background?
I have never really been a team sport kind of person, only extreme sports, so derby was certainly a learning curve initially. I began skating at the age of 5, it was our ‘family sporting thing’ and went through it’s stages of artistic, street hockey, skate parks, street skating, slalom and freestyle, mostly inline, but once I strapped on a pair of quads, I was in my element and roller derby was the natural progression.

What’s your best derby moment?
My best derby moment, while not my most successful in terms of points, was definitely the most gratifying. It would have to be the first game I was ever rostered as a primary jammer in the first year of the 5×5 Championship. I had absolutely no confidence in myself & didn’t believe I could do it but I listened to my coach & realised I was jamming for a reason. It was the first time I actually realised someone could see something in me that I couldn’t see.

Do you have a pre-bout ritual?
I like to get hit a lot before playing a game. It helps me amp up and means I’m not as shocked when I get big hits on the track.

What do you think about when you’re lacing up your skates?
Shoot, I forgot to put my knee pad on first!

Do you have a theme song or a favourite inspirational quote?
My favourite quote is: “Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.”

What is your signature move?
Hmm…. I’m not sure! My super bony shoulders and short stature make for a killer can-opener through.

Do you have a derby hero?
Derby Heroes… I have so many! My favourite skater of all time is Chloe Seyres (you may know her as Kozmic Bruise for France). I loved her way before either of us played derby, for her freestyle and street skating. She was a big inspiration for me in taking skating more seriously and pushing myself.

How has your involvement with roller derby affected the way you live the rest of your life?
A phrase to sum up my life outside of derby (and one I think all my non-derby friends have heard about one million times): “I can’t, I have roller derby”. I am also quite fond of the “No thanks, I’d rather skate” mantra.
Aside from that, the main affect derby has had on my life, is my fitness. No matter how many hours I ever put in at the gym, or with a personal trainer, nothing ever got me as fit as committing to roller derby!

Favourite Star Wars character?
*ducks for cover* I have never actually watched any of the star wars movies the entire way through.
… I like Hayden Christensen, does that count? ;D

What’s your favourite thing about S2D2?
It’s hard to pin point one favourite thing because there are so many! From the very moment I entered the doors, I realised S2D2 was un-like any other league. Everyone was so friendly, accommodating, fair and positive. It was an eye opener and a breath of fresh air! The sense of family and that everyone is always willing lend a helping hand, really is what sets S2D2 apart from the rest.

Thanks Shona!

May 2015 05

South Side Derby Dolls have a bye for Round 3 of 5×5, but that’s no reason not to go :)

5x5 2015 Round 3 poster

Round 3 moves from the City to the West. Hawkesbury/Hills Area Roller Derby host Round 3’s action from Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium in Windsor with our four bouts starting from 1pm. Doors open from 12.30.

1pm – Wollongong vs Varsity(A)
3pm – Northern Beaches vs Central Coast (B)
5pm – Sydney vs Newcastle (A)
7pm – Hawkesbury vs Blue Mountains (B)

Saturday May 23
Hawkesbury Indoor Stadium
16 Stewart St, South Windsor
Doors open at 12.30

Tickets available now
Limited tickets available at the door for $15
Kids under 12 are FREE

May 2015 24

We’re excited to be hosting our round of 5×5 at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool.

5x5 2015 Round 4 poster

Round 4 moves from the far North West of Windsor to a new neck of the woods that 5×5 has never been to before as South Side Derby Dolls play host to some amazing derby at the Whitlam Leisure Centre in Liverpool in Sydney’s South West. Our four bouts starting from 1pm. Doors open from 12.30.

1pm – Northern Beaches vs Blue Mountains (B)
3pm – Sydney vs Wollongong (A)
5pm – Inner West vs Hawkesbury (B)
7pm – South Side vs Varsity (Canberra) (A)

Saturday June 27
Whitlam Leisure Centre
90A Memorial Ave, Liverpool
Doors open at 12.30

Tickets available now
Limited tickets available at the door for $15
Kids under 12 are FREE


South Side (S2D2) def. Varsity (VDL) 160 – 152

Thanks to Downunder Derby TV and Sydney Derby Skates for the broadcast.