The Roller Deby phenomonem has now reached Hawkes Bay with a team recently being formed. I believe they have the odd contest with the Palmy crew.
it's rough being the only team in town. I used to play in Wellington's only female Gaelic football team. We trained with the lads or amongst ourselves and our first tournament in Auckland against other teams was strange. But we won the tournament!
Roller derby is used in the States to promote painkillers and.... Cheerios. (Not those little red sossies we Kiwis know as cheerios, but breakfast cereal.)
Here's the link:
My friend lives in the nearby Housing NZ flats. He said the crowd at the YMCA was quite a phenomenon.
So why do people enjoy Roller Derby? Don't ask stupid questions. Why do people like any sport? They want to see amazing feats of athleticism performed by people who, given time and training and support, could be them.
Short answer: it's sports for those who don't usually watch sports. I'd go as far as saying it's sports for those who hate sports.