LET THE GOOD TIMES ROLL: Amy Jay Moriaty and Kerrie ‘Foxy Balboa’ Nolan want to start a roller derby competition in Horsham. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERROLLER Derby could soon be played in the Wimmera.

A public meeting in Horsham next week will gauge interest in starting the sport in the region.

Roller derby is a contact team sport played on roller skates.

Horsham woman Amy Jay Moriarty started a Facebook group to gather interested players, generating enough interest to call the public meeting.

Moriarty said she had friends in Western Australia who were involved in the sport and was keen to see it in Horsham.

“I started a Facebook group a month ago and it has really taken off,” she said.

“All the responses have been positive and everything seems to be falling into place.

“It is beyond what I expected.”

Moriarty said the public meeting would be at Horsham RSL on Friday next week at 7pm.

“Basically the night is to explain what roller derby is about it is more than just strapping on some skates and trying to push other girls over,” she said.

“If there is enough interest, we’ll go from there to set it up.

“We could possibly start training in early August.”

Moriarty said finding a suitable venue was one of the issues the group would face if it was to form.

Horsham woman Kerrie Nolan travels to Ballarat each Sunday to train in the Ballarat Roller Derby League.

“It’s fabulous, I love it,” Nolan said.

Nolan has volunteered to help coach interested Wimmera players.

“Hopefully the interest is here because it would be a fantastic opportunity, especially for people not interested in mainstream sports,” she said.

“Roller derby is a great sport and one can be played irrespective of age.”

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