Great Southern Slam

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Great Southern Slam
Tournament information
Location Adelaide
Month played June
Established 2010
Format Group stage, knockout
Current champion
Victorian Roller Derby League

The Great Southern Slam is the world's largest competitive roller derby event.[1] It is held bi-annually in Adelaide in Australia. Initially held in 2010, it was the first flat track roller derby tournament to be held in the southern hemisphere.[2]

Format[edit]

The first round of the tournament sees teams divided into groups, which play on a round robin basis. Each group includes one of the most experienced teams from Australia or New Zealand, a middle-ranking team, and one less experienced team. The group winners and other teams with the highest point difference qualify for the quarter finals, and the tournament then continues on a knockout basis.[2][3] The 2012 tournament introduced additional bouts between twelve other teams, and some themed bouts with mixed teams, but these were separate from the main competition.[2]

2010 tournament[edit]

The 2010 tournament included fifteen teams. Geelong and Ballarat formed a joint team, while Team Pot Luck included skaters from a number of otherwise unrepresented leagues.[3] More than five hundred skaters were involved in the event.[4]

Sun State squad at the 2010 tournament
Round one
Pool Result
A Adelaide 165 42 Canberra
A Canberra 137 63 Van Diemen
A Adelaide 147 35 Van Diemen
B Northern Brisbane 22 134 Victorian
B Newcastle 45 155 Northern Brisbane
B Newcastle 18 185 Victorian
C Sun State 178 16 Wollongong
C Townsville 91 81 Wollongong
C Sun State 168 7 Townsville
D Pirate City 145 30 Sydney
D Sydney 166 31 Western Australia
D Pirate City 197 25 Western Australia
E Geelong-Ballarat 148 80 Perth
E Perth 136 85 Pot Luck
E Geelong-Ballarat 94 60 Pot Luck
Quarter finals
Adelaide 152 102 Geelong-Ballarat
Northern Brisbane 28 184 Sun State
Sydney 19 234 Victorian
Perth 51 207 Pirate City
Semi finals
Adelaide 60 124 Sun State
Pirate City 69 94 Victorian
Third place play-off
Adelaide 93 89 Pirate City
Final
Sun State 99 117 Victorian

2012 tournament[edit]

The 2012 tournament was held from 9–11 June.[5] It expanded to eighteen teams, divided into six groups for the first round.[2]

Round one
Group Result
A Auckland 66 202 Victorian
A Auckland 107 89 Newcastle
A Newcastle 51 233 Victorian
B Geelong 62 131 Sun State
B Geelong 96 110 South Sea
B South Sea 13 193 Sun State
C Adelaide 125 72 Brisbane City
C Brisbane City 180 78 Western Australia
C Adelaide 118 78 Western Australia
D Northern Brisbane 126 42 Pirate City
D Northern Brisbane 229 35 Wollongong
D Pirate City 168 103 Wollongong
E Canberra 124 98 Perth
E Gold Coast 130 125 Perth
E Canberra 199 75 Gold Coast
F Ballarat 79 155 Sydney
F Ballarat 84 98 Convict City
F Convict City 31 177 Sydney
Quarter finals
Canberra 53 310 Victorian
Adelaide 173 139 Brisbane City
Northern Brisbane 180 103 Pirate City
Sydney 54 195 Sun State
Semi finals
Adelaide 75 361 Victorian
Northern Brisbane 110 159 Sun State
Third place play-off
Adelaide 119 217 Northern Brisbane
Final
Sun State 115 198 Victorian

References[edit]

  1. ^ "DNN Live Coverage: The Great Southern Slam 2012", Derby News Network
  2. ^ a b c d Beck Wise, "Feature Preview: The Great Southern Slam", Derby News Network, 8 June 2012
  3. ^ a b Beck Wise, "Tournament Recap: The Great Southern Slam", Derby News Network, 23 June 2010
  4. ^ Kirsty Bennett, "Behind the news", ABC News, 22 June 2010
  5. ^ Emily Altschwager, "Gloss put on a real sport", Eastern Courier, 8 April 2012

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