As is traditional, we’re bringing you another roundup of the upcoming Roller Derby this weekend from across the world. As always, we’re using Flat Track Stats for much of this information – for regions with less good coverage, we also do a bit of intensive searching using a tool which scans the Facebook events of Roller Derby leagues known to Derby Listing.
Predictions of bouts are from FTS, if possible, and from our own SRD Rank where FTS cannot make predictions (for example: Latin America, or non-MRDA men’s bouts). Our new SRD Rank is out – the first for this year, and now includes Junior leagues where possible, and a lot more Latin American leagues.
If we’ve missed you from our roundup, please let us know!
Whilst two Scottish teams are playing away this weekend, one is at home:
- In Edinburgh, Auld Reekie Roller Girls' ASTROs are facing another opponent in Blackpool Roller Coasters [FTS][EVENT]
As will be the case for the next few months, much of the bouts in the UK are part of British Champs:
Outside of Champs:
- The Tier 1 is hosted by Leeds Roller Derby, with a triple-header of bouts, as LeedsRD take on Bristol Roller Derby, London Brawl Saints bout Tiger Bay Brawlers, and Middlesbrough Roller Derby play Birmingham Blitz Dames [FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- The Tier 3 North is hosted by Harrogate's Spa Town Roller Girls, with the hosts playing Furness Firecrackers, and Aberdeen's Granite City Roller Derby competing against North Wales Roller Derby [FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- On Sunday, the Men's Tier 3 South is hosted by Brothers Grim of Grimsby, who play Dorset Knobs; Oxford Men's also bout Sons of Icarus (North Wales) [FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- and also on Sunday, the Tier 3 East is hosted by Hell's Belles Roller Girls in Hertfordshire. The hosts play Rebellion Roller Derby from Bedfordshire, whilst Surrey Roller Girls take on Killa Hurtz of Chelmsford [FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- Newcastle Roller Derby's North Cs play Durham Rolling Angels [FTS], in a double header with a rookie bout (NRG's Rookies versus open subscription rookie team) [EVENT] (FTS expects a home win)
- On Sunday, in Hull, Deathrow Hull host Barnsley Black Hearts [FTS], also in a double header with a rookie bout[EVENT] (FTS expects a home win)
In Europe, there's rather a lot of derby, starting with a ton just in France...
- the French Nationale continues, with Nîmes' Bone Breakers hosting Division 2, as the hosts, Roller Derby Pays d'Aix, Nice Roller Derby,Perpignan Roller Derby Section, Head Hunters Roller Derby of Narbonne and Roller Derby Toulon compete.[FTS Tournament] [EVENT]
- and in Lille, more French Nationale Division 2 bouts, as Roller Derby Lille's Glorious Bâtardes host Calais' Black Tagada, Creil's Knock'n Roll Cannibals, Switchblade Rollergrrls (of Lille), Roller Derby Panthers' Chats Miaou and les Gueuses de Pigalle. [FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- also in France, Nantes Derby Girls host their regular West Track Story Tournament [a WFTDA Recognised Tournament], featuring the hosts Nantes, Antwerp, GO-GO Gent, Glasgow Roller Derby, and Turku's Dirty River[FTS Tournament][EVENT]
- Paris Rollergirls host a triple header with Paris B, Les Quedalles, against Norrköping Roller Derby [FTS], Paris "Niveau C" (a C-level exhibition team) versus Norrköping B and Panam Squad facing Les Moustaches of Lille [FTS][EVENT]
- In Mons, there's a triple header of Men's derby, as Mons'ter Munch Derby Dudes host Team Rock'Est and the MadRiders of Madrid for a round-robin [FTS 1,2,3][EVENT]
- In Mainz, Germany, the Maniac Monsters Mainz host Roller Derby Luxembourg [FTS][EVENT] (FTS slightly favours the home team)
- and in Cologne, Cologne Roller Derby B host Darmstadt's Riot Rollers [FTS][EVENT]
- in Basel, Switzerland, the Basel Derbygirl Kollectiv's first ever game on FTS is against Zurich City Rollergirlz B [FTS][EVENT]
- In Zaragoza, Spain, the Sicarias del Cierzo are hosting Roller Derby Madrid B [FTS][EVENT]
- In Barcelona, Barcelona B are hosting Rayo Dockers of Valencia [FTS][EVENT]
- In Amsterdam, there's a double header, with Amsterdam A playing Limerick [FTS], and Amsterdam taking on Roller Girls of the Apocalypse B [FTS][EVENT]
- In Gothenburg, Sweden, Dock City Rollers host a triple header, with DCR B versus Gothenburg Badass Beavers [FTS], DCR C versus Team Kånk, and DCR A versus Helsinki Roller Derby's Queen Bees [FTS][EVENT]
- In Malmö, Sweden, Crime City Rollers host a triple header, with CCR A [FTS] and CCR B [FTS] taking on Roller Derby Toulouse in turn(the joint-best league in France), CCR C facing Copenhagen B [FTS] [EVENT]
- and in Iceland, Roller Derby Iceland are hosting a triple header as well, with the hosts, and guests Suffolk Roller Derby [FTS] and Team Unicorn [EVENT]
- Special mention for Kallio Rolling Rainbow, who are over in California, but playing a closed bout against Charm City this weekend! [FTS]
- In County Wicklow, Ireland, East Coast Cyclones host Waterford City ViQueens + Cork Firebird's combined "FireQueens" team [EVENT]
In Australia and New Zealand, the season has definitely started, with:
- Victorian Roller Derby League are challenging Team Australia Men's Roller Derby (the Wizards of Aus) [FTS] as part of a double header with C team Notorious V.I.C.s versus Hobart's Convict City Rollers [FTS] [EVENT], and a bootcamp [EVENT] (FTS favours the C team; we can't call VRDL v WoA!)
- In Adelaide, the home season is underway for Adelaide Roller Derby, with teams Mile Die Club versus Salty Dolls [EVENT]
- In Christchurch, New Zealand, Dead End Derby B are hosting Pirate City B of Auckland [FTS][EVENT] (FTS favours the home team)
- In Mt Maunganui, New Zealand, Mount Militia Derby Crew host a double header, with their Atomic Bombs are competing against River City Rollers of Wanganui [FTS], and their B Company playing Sulphur City of Rotorua [FTS][EVENT] (FTS favours the home teams)
- In Wanganui, New Zealand, the West Coast Bombers host their All Day Derby, featuring the hosts versus Kapiti Coast [FTS], the Stealth Bombers vs the Huka Dolls of Taupo [FTS], West Coast's Coed team versus Hellminton Coed (of Hamilton), and (in a first) Northern Gentlemen's Roller Skating Club of North Island versus No City Skaters of Lower North Island...[FTS][EVENT]
- And on Sunday, in Otautahi, Otautahi Roller Derby have a new skater intake day [EVENT]
In Latin America, we're not aware of much going on - people are preparing for the big event the weekend after, we suspect.
- On Sunday, in Celaya, Mexico, Roller Derby Celaya host a bout against Nebulosas Roller Derby Queretaro[FTS] [EVENT]
- Not in Mexico, but the first Mexican MRDA member, Wheels of Mayhem compete up in California in the 2nd West Side Roll Out [FTS 1, 2, 3][EVENT]
- In Mar del Plata, MDQueens are holding an intake/taster day, with demo, shoe-derby and more [EVENT]
Our semi-regular “other events” section highlights things further in the future you might want to keep an eye on.
Coming up in May, the host of European Derby Events is rolling out, with GO-GO Gent's SKOD returning for a 5th run with the central tournament, and rumours of "special" extras for the occasion.
Closer to home, only 2 weeks away, London Rollergirls' Anarchy in the UK returns to host a Division 1 WFTDA Tournament down south, with the Top 5 WFTDA teams in Europe competing.