posted on 17 November 2011

If you’re looking to get your high octane sporting fix in Wakefield whilst there’s no Wildcats action, then why not take a look at the Wakey Wheeled Cats.

Wakey Wheeled Cats are in action this Saturday

Wakey Wheeled Cats are an all-female, over 18s roller derby team formed in May 2009.

Roller Derby is a fast-paced, full-contact sport played on quad roller skates. Made popular in the United States, roller derby had taken the UK by storm and there are now more than 60 leagues in the country.

Wakefield’s very own ‘Wheeled Cats’ will be looking to end the year on a high as they prepare for their final bout of their home season this Saturday when they face tough competition from Newcastle Roller Girls at Starfight Express, to be held at Huddersfield Sports Centre.

The theme of the bout has been inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s rock musical Starlight Express, which features performers on roller skates, and just like rugby league, has a family-friendly atmosphere.

Cats’ captain and co-founder, Kirsty Quinn, said: “This is the season finale for Wakey and it has been a big first year for us. We’ve finally become a competing team, both at home and away – including travelling up to Scotland in January.

“The Cats have experienced some impressive wins, as well as losses, with some amazing competition from other teams.

“Newcastle Roller Girls are a solid hard-hitting team who started roughly at the same time as us, and we are hoping to consolidate everything we’ve learned over the last twelve months to end the year with success.”

Roller derby is a family-friendly sport and fans of all ages are welcome.

Huddersfield Sports Centre has a fully-licensed bar and there will be a variety of stalls selling quirky, cards, hand-made jewellery, skate gear and team merchandise.

Starfight Express – Wakey Wheeled Cats v Newcastle Roller Girls takes place at Huddersfield Sports Centre on Saturday, November 19.

Doors open at 4.30pm.

Discounted tickets, at  £5, are available from

Admission is £6 on the door.

Under 10s are free.

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