THE WORLD’S BIGGEST ROLLER DERBY TOURNAMENT COMES TO ADELAIDE
The world’s biggest roller derby tournament The Great Southern Slam (TGSS), rolls into Adelaide from June 9 to 11, 2018 hosted by Adelaide Roller Derby at the Adelaide Showground.
Over three whole days, 48 roller derby teams from across Australia and New Zealand will converge in Adelaide, battling it out for a chance to be crowned TGSS champions. The three days of competition will see over 80 roller derby bouts take place across five tracks, all hosted within the Adelaide Showground Pavilions.
Some will come intent on glory, others to test their mettle, but all will come to revel in the biggest roller derby community celebration of hard-hitting knocks and derby love this nation has ever seen. 2018 will mark the fifth time this biennial tournament has been held by the Adelaide Roller Derby. This tournament will also be the biggest slam since it’s inception in 2010 and it will be the first time a third division of competition has been introduced to the tournament.
TGSS was birthed in 2009 from an idea to bring leagues across Australia and New Zealand together under one roof, offering the opportunity to compete against one another, a chance that many rural and/or remote leagues did not receive. The first TGSS was held in 2010 and has since become a biennial event that showcases the largest roller derby tournament in the world.
The big weekend culminates on Monday night with a world-class Division 1 Grand Final seeing the best of the best face each other for the number one spot. After the game the TGSS 2018 Hoedown After Party will be open to everyone who participates or holds an entry ticket, and will see derby veterans, rookies and fans kicking up dust and boot scooting on down into the wee hours of Monday night! Held onsite at TGSS, the after party will be held after the Division 1 Grand Final and will feature a special guest DJ and food trucks.
Roller derby doesn’t get any bigger than this, make sure you don’t miss it over the June long weekend.
Saturday, Division 1, 2 and 3 Tournaments
Sunday, Division 1, 2 and 3 Tournaments and Quarter Finals
Monday, Division 1, 2 and 3 Semi Finals and Grand Finals
Unofficial themed challenge bouts will be held throughout the weekend.
Dates and venue
June 9 to 11, 2018
Goodwood Road, Wayville SA
Tickets are now on sale! Via adrd.oztix.com.au
For the full three-day experience, pre-sale Weekend Passes are available for $60 + booking fee.
Day passes can also be purchased online (+ booking fee) or on the door.
Day Pass on the door (cash only):
Monday (Finals): $30
No concessions. No kids prices. Children under 5 free with a paying adult.
For more information on TGSS visit: greatsouthernslam.com.au
For more information on the Adelaide Roller Derby and future season dates visit: adelaiderollerderby.com.au
About Adelaide Roller Derby:
Adelaide Roller Derby was established in 2007 and is Adelaide’s oldest and largest roller derby league. ADRD is a not-for-profit organisation that is owned and operated by the ADRD skaters and officials. The 2018 season is currently running from April – August.
About The Great Southern Slam:
The Great Southern Slam was birthed from an idea to bring leagues across Australia and New Zealand together under one roof, offering the opportunity to compete against one another; a chance that many rural and/or remote leagues did not receive. The first TGSS was held in 2010 and has since become a biennial event that showcases the largest roller derby tournament in the world.
About Roller Derby:
Roller Derby across the world is empowering women, building community and creating positive change. The game itself is a full contact sport played by two teams skating around a track. Game play consists of a series of short matchups ‘jams’, in which both teams designate a player, the ‘jammer’ who scores points by lapping opposing team members as they attempt to block the ‘jammer’.