Young Kwinana skaters are preparing to host their first roller derby tournament next month. West Coast Junior Roller Derby will take to Armadale Arena for the inaugural West Coast Clash on December 2. Junior players aged from 5 to 17 from Kwinana, Margaret River and Perth will compete in the fast-paced, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates. In roller derby, each team tries to score more points than the opposition — with skaters, known as jammers, trying to pass around the track as many times as possible, while opposing defensive players can use physical force to stop them. West Coast Junior Roller Derby co-founder and head coach Leigh Turland said the sport was making a big comeback. “Roller derby is very unique as it is a full contact roller skating game, it has a massive diversity throughout it with all genders involved and very inclusive,” he said. “This will be the first level three game that has been played since 2016. The last junior level three game was hosted in Adelaide and there’s been nothing like it since.” New skaters start at level one and compete according to their skill, ability and experience. Mr Turland said Kwinana’s junior team was one of three new roller derby teams that started this year, along with Margaret River and Albany. “We’ve known for a good few years there has been an interest in a junior league here in Kwinana and in April this year we started up,” he said. “This is a two-fold event. I’m organising it so the juniors can get more games just like the adult leagues, and promote junior roller derby to hopefully aid in recruitment for all junior leagues.” The junior West Coast Clash match is at Armadale Arena from 5.30pm, followed by an over 18s match at 7pm, with a $2 entry fee.