Mildura Weekly : Friday May 9 2014 Vol 8 No 27
www.milduraweekly.com.au 76 Mildura Weekly – 09/05/14 Roller Derby League on the lookout for new members ‘Toiler humour’ cause for concern at ArenaX event By BRENDON GLEDHILL MILDURA Motorcycle Club president Gavin Sedgmen is still in disbelief following an incident at Olympic Park Speedway during the club’s Easter Arena Motocross event two weeks ago. It was reported late dur- ing the Arena Motocross event that the ladies toilet was without water, with Sedgmen advising the course commentator to “publicly apologise” to patrons at the time for any inconvenience. Sedgmen set about checking all possible reasons for the problem, and was soon left stumped. Thankfully for the club, the last entertainment of the night was the appearance of the freestyle motocross visitors, with many patrons postponing any ‘calls of na- ture’ to watch the action. The matter of the missing water lessened after the show concluded, although the club continued to investigate the cause of the problem. The FMX team left their truck and trailer locked in Olympic Park, with the ar- rangement that they would call Sedgmen when they were ready to retrieve their equipment prior to their de- parture the next morning. Sedgmen arrived to let the FMX boys gather their equipment and they soon departed, with the long-time MMCC president deciding that daylight would provide a better opportunity to solve the water issue. The pump and pressure unit were found to be in working order, with no ma- jor leaks catching Sedgmen’s attention. A chance walk past the tank stand – and a casual glance upwards – revealed the problem... a prankster had climbed the tank during the course of the night and turned off the gate valve – which controls reticulation to the toilets. Sedgmen climbed the tank stand, switched the valve to the ‘on’ position, and the water returned to all areas where it is plumbed. A quick check of all the club’s conveniences and a quick flush in each cubicle saw all toilets once again op- erational. While the club can un- derstand the mirth of the prankster, concern remains that patrons may have been inconvenienced throughout the night. “Steps have already been taken to ensure that nobody other than club officials can manipulate the valve in the future,” Sedgmen said. “The toilet incident was the only negative on a wonderful Arena Motocross event, and the spectacular FMX show which closed the program.” ORGANISERS of Mildu- ra’s Roller Derby League have been busy in recent months recruiting wom- en for their membership program. Essentially a ‘learn-to’ course, the program aims to introduce participants to the world of Roller Derby – with the sport itself slowly taking off in the region. For those unfamil- iar with the past-time, Roller Derby is a contact sport played on quad (old school) skates. Two teams – five play- ers on each team – take to an oval track – with each team consisting of four blockers and a jammer. The jammer’s aim is to pass the blockers of the opposite team to score points, while the blocker’s role is to stop the opposition jammer from getting through – in turn stopping them from scoring. The sport can become quite physical and inter- esting to watch, while also embracing a ‘glam rock’ look, with uniforms consisting of hot pants, fish nets and singlet tops. The Mildura Roller Derby League while hav- ing only been established a few years ago has quick- ly grown in popular- ity, with league members even beginning to com- pete socially with mem- bers of the Broken Hill Roller Derby League. “Roller Derby is a sport that any woman can be involved in – regard- less of shape, size and skating ability,” Mildura Roller Derby League’s Kristy ‘PipSquish’ Hol- zner said. “At MRDL we pride themselves on promot- ing a positive body image and creating a sporting environment that is fun, safe, exciting and healthy for women.” Mildura Roller Derby League will host its next recruiting session on May 25 at the Midway Cen- tre Hall in Buronga from 2pm. Those interested are asked to email fresh- meat@mildurarollerder- by.com.au for more infor- mation or to book their spot, with skates available for loan. Students shoot to win • SHOOTING TO THE TOP: Sunraysia students had the chance to experience clay target shooting first-hand this week, with the annual School Sport Victoria Sunraysia Interschool Shoot competition taking place. More than 50 students from six secondary schools participated in the day, competing across a number of divisions. Hosted by the Mildura Clay Target Club, the aim of the day was to introduce students to the sport, encourage them to consider taking it up outside school hours and provide a venue for competition. Schools competed in teams of five, with cousins John Cooper (Irymple Secondary College) and Marcus Dichiera (Merbein P-10 College), ABOVE, finding themselves on opposite sides for the day. BELOW – Irymple Secondary College’s Timothy Windahl, 13, is guided by Mildura Clay Target Club president Larry Dimasi while taking this shot. Photos: GABI MCDONALD Trivia night fund-raiser for Three Colours THREE Colours Soccer Club will host a trivia night on Friday, May 23, with the night to act as a major fund-raiser. To be held at the Irymple Bocce Club (Rec- reation Avenue, Irymple) from 7.30pm, participants will be placed on a table of 10 – with each table to form a team. Tickets are $25 for adults – includes supper – with those under the age of 18 to be admitted for free. Drinks will be avail- able at bar prizes, with tickets available by con- tacting Vince on 0429 200 193.
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