Weekend Highlights: 07 Dec 2019

As we approach the end of the year, there's an increasing density of festive tournaments, so once again, this weekend is so busy that we'll need a follow-up event just for the Sunday fixtures.

This Saturday and whole-weekend, though, we have a host of highlights, including Nottingham's 10th anniversary, a whole-weekend bootcamp with ShortStop in Thailand, and a quadruple header in the south of France with Roller Derby Toulouse.

The rules are, as usual: highlights limited to 1 event per country, with an "extra" event allowed for a different kind of fixture (so, 1 tournament and 1 bootcamp), or if they involve Scottish leagues (since we are the Scottish Roller Derby Blog). Other notability might also allow the extra event - great posters, notable teams, etc. (League birthdays may count as "special" enough, at our discretion ;) )

In a bid to make this list as useful as possible, we've avoided links to Facebook except where noted. (Links to Teams are to non-Facebook resources - Instagram, or actual team pages - we'd strongly recommend that Teams get themselves an actual webpage [we can help host one if you need help]).

Locations are roughly organised East-West (with things before the weekend out sequence at the start).

Map of all events (coded by type)

Sat: Adelaide, SA, Australia


Rockabellas Roller Derby League are joining the Mt Barker Christmas Pageant, as always this year!

Event starts: 1000 Saturday

Venue: Adelaide Hills Recreation Centre, 1 Howard Ln, Adelaide, SA, Australia

Sat: Kyoto, Japan


Kyoto Roller Derby celebrate the end of the season with a fundraising Pub Quiz, on a general knowledge basis.

Event starts: 1900 Saturday

Venue: Ki West, 120-1 Tamakuracho, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto, Japan

Fri-Sun: Bangkok, Thailand


Bangkok Roller Derby are hosting a very exciting bootcamp, as ShortStop (Team Korea, Canberra Roller Derby League) returns to run an Open to All genders, 18+ bootcamp.

This three-day event will consist of:

  • meet and greet Friday
  • bootcamp (all-day Saturday)
  • public game (evening Saturday)
  • CIB Bangkok Meetup (Sunday)

The public game has its own [FACEBOOK EVENT] now:

  • Bangkok Blitz versus Pan-Asian Spring Rollers (all-Asia exhib team)

Event starts: 1800? Friday; bout is 1830 Saturday

Venue: Rollerdome, Emporium, (bout)

Thurs: Durban, South Africa


Durban Roller Derby host a "Festive Beatings" bout, announced just 2 days before it is due.

At present, there are few details about this event other than time, date, and sponsor...

Event starts: 1900 Thursday (doors open)

Venue: 5 Station Drive, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Sat-Sun: Helsinki, Finland


Helsinki Roller Derby host the 4th edition of their B'ginners Bootcamp series after a short hiatus. This two-day bootcamp is targetted at skaters over the age of 16, who are close-to or passed minimum skills. This is an Open To All genders bootcamp.

In addition, there is a co-located Officiating Clinic, with workshops on jam-timing and scoreboard operation for NSOs.

The sessions are also open to spectators: coaches are particularly welcome, if they want to pick up new tips.

Event starts: 1230 Saturday

Venue: Uh & Fix Vuosaari, Vuosaarentie 5, Helsinki, Finland

Sat: Poznań, Poland


Bad Rangers Poznań host the second edition of their "Santa Claus Tournament" ("Turniej Mikołajkowy"), a triple-header round robin open to all to sign up for.

Christmas coloured teams (Red, Green and White) will be drawn from all those signed up. We're also promised "surprises" for attendees...

  • Teams:
    • Team Red / czerwony
    • Team Green / zielony
    • Team White / biały

Event starts: 1100 Saturday (first whistle)

Venue: osiedle Rzeczypospolitej 111, Poznań, Poland

Sat: Vienna, Austria


Vienna Roller Derby close their season for the year with a double header against Zürich's finest skaters!

  • Oysters (Vienna A) versus Zürich City A
  • Beasts (Vienna B) versus Zürich City B

Event starts: 1430 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: HAKOAH, Wehlistraße 326, Vienna, Austria

Sat: Prague, Czech Republic


The Prague City Roller Derby host a festive Santa versus Grinch game, following their tradition of the last 5 years!

Event starts: 1530 Saturday (first whistle)

Venue: Na Třebešíně 3215/1, Praha 3, Prague, Czech Republic

Sat: Hannover, Germany


Demolition Derby Dolls host a triple-header of Roller Derby, including a Bundesliga D2 bout, and a game for their rookie team.

  • Der Haessliche Rest B (Kiel/Aarhus M) versus Motherf*cking Carebears (Netherlands M)
  • Demolition Derby Dolls (Hannover) versus Delta Quads (Mannheim) [Bundesliga D2]
  • Demolition Derby Dolls Rookies versus Aces of Pain (The Hague O)

Event starts: 1200 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Leonore Goldschmidt Schule - IGS Mühlenberg, Mühlenberger Markt 1, Hanover, Germany

Sat: Lucerne, Switzerland


The Hellveticats host a double-header of Roller Derby, as the A team play a challenge team from across the World; and the Rolling Furies B of Lausanne play Livingston's New Town Roller Derby, in the latter's first ever international away game!

  • Hellveticats (Lucerne) versus The World (open subs challenge)
  • Rolling Furies B (Lausanne B) versus New Town Roller Derby (Livingston)

Event starts: 1400 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Murmattweg 6, Lucerne, Switzerland

Sat: Liège, Belgium


Roller Derby Liège hosts a triple header of Roller Derby to close the season, showcasing their rookie skaters, MRDA-gender team and WFTDA-gender team all on track.

  • Rookie "Scrimmage"
  • Vî-Kings (Liège M) versus The World (open subs MRDA-gender)
  • Holy Wheels Menace (Liège) versus Atomium Kittens (Brussels B)

Event starts: 1000 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Rue Sous le Bois 2, 4031 Liège, Belgium

Sat: Toulouse, France


Roller Derby Toulouse host a quadruple header of all kinds of derby (MRDA and WFTDA gender, and Juniors) to close out the year.

  • Barons Cathares (Toulouse MB) versus Les Sombres Héros (La Rochelle M)
  • Bloody Furies (Toulouse C) versus Auver'niaks B (Clermont-Ferrand B)
  • Hell's Pitchouns (Toulouse J) versus Demo'niaks (Clermont-Ferrand J)
  • Blocka Nostra (Toulouse B) versus Auver'niaks (Clermont-Ferrand)

Event starts: 1030 Saturday (first whistle)

Venue: Gymnase du Château de l'Hers, Chemin de Limayrac, Toulouse, France

Sat: Lincoln, UK


Lincolnshire Bombinos are running their Christmas Raffle, with tickets available online until Saturday! All funds go to supporting Junior Roller Derby in Lincolnshire.

Ticket sales via the Facebook event Paypal link.

Event starts: (TICKET DRAW: 1430 Saturday)

Venue: Lincolnshire, UK & The Internet

Sat: Nottingham, UK


Nottingham Roller Derby are celebrating 10 Years of Roller Derby, and the upcoming festive season, with both a triple header, and a, well Party.

  • Nottingham Roller Derby B versus Roller Derby Leicester
  • Super Smash Brollers (Nottingham M) versus Kent Men's Roller Derby
  • Nottingham Roller Derby versus Kent Roller Girls
  • Party - Karaoke etc

Event starts: 1100 Sat (bouts, doors open), 2030 Sat (party)

Venue: Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Nottingham Trent University (Clifton Campus) [bouts] ; The Horn In Hand, 17 Goldsmith Street [party]; Nottingham, UK

Sat: Aberdeen, Scotland


Granite City Roller Derby continue their festive tradition of holding a Christmas Craft Fayre, full of stalls of jewellery, stationery, corsages, clothing, candles, and gifts.

Free entry: donations welcome.

Event starts: 1200 Saturday

Venue: Northern Lights Room, Beach Ballroom, Beach Promenade, Aberdeen, Scotland

Sat: Gloucester, UK


Severn Roller Torrent host a triple-header open scrimmage, for the festive period and all needs.

  • Open-To-All genders Rookie scrimmage
  • WFTDA-gender policy Intermediate/Advanced scrimmage
  • Open-To-All genders Intermediate/Advanced scrimmage

Event starts: 1100 Saturday (first whistle)

Venue: Bentham Country Club, Bentham Lane, Gloucester, UK

Sat-Sun: Glasgow, Scotland


5th Blocker Skates , Scotland's premier skate shop for Derby, continue their annual tradition of celebrating their birthday with a day of Roller Derby...

...this year, they're making it bigger, with a two-day event.

  • Saturday "all-day scrimmage" with 5th Blocker stalls present
  • Saturday evening Karaoke BYOB
  • Sunday Skate park meetup (11am-1pm?)

Event starts: 0900 Saturday ?

Venue: Arc: Health & Fitness, Cowcaddens Road (scrimmage); Garnethill Community Centre, 21 Rose St (Karaoke); ?? (skatepark); Glasgow

Sat: Lisbon, Portugal


Lisboa Roller Derby Troopers host an open-subscription Christmas-themed scrimmage, as Team Santa plays Team Grinch.

Event starts: 1500 Saturday ("bench opens")

Venue: Campo Varejense, Avenida Afonso III 86, Lisbon, Portugal

Sat-Sun: Lanús, Argentina


ORDA (Oficiales Roller Derby Argentina) host another edition of Un Sol para lxs Oficalxs; the mini tournament series which raises funds for Argentina's officials to travel to support tournaments in the country. This edition raises travel funds to support officiating at the QuadBeer tournament next week in Bariloche.

This event is a triangular (3 team round robin) MRDA-gender event, which is also a rare thing for Argentina, although none of the teams have been announced at the time of going to press. (This was previously announced as a quadrangular, but the final team proved impossible to commit.)

  • Teams:
    • Chacabuco Roller Derby (Parque Chacabuco)
    • Facones Galácticos Roller Derby (Zona Norte Buenos Aires)
    • Rayo Naranja (Tucumán)

Event starts: 1000 Saturday

Venue: Club Podesta - Velez Sarfield 1370, Lanús, Argentina

Sat: Bahía Blanca, Argentina


Brujas Roller Girls host a fundraising night of music by Manjhala, Falsa Dicotomía Rock, and Lamar Y Los Estoicos Andantes. All funds raised go towards helping the Brujas run more Derby projects next year!

Event starts: 2000 Saturday

Venue: Luis Piedrabuena 1340, Bahía Blanca, Argentina

Sat: El Calafate, Argentina


Erráticas Roller Derby host the much anticipated "Arcade Mix" Open To All genders triple-header round robin event.

In addition to the headlining triple header, this event will also feature NSOing and Refereeing clinics for attending officials!

  • Teams:
    • Invasores (Calafate O)
    • Fenix Roller Derby (Puerto Río Gallegos)
    • Ushuaia Roller Derby

Event starts: 0900 Saturday

Venue: El Calafate Tierra de Glaciares 9405, 9405 El Calafate, Argentina

Sat: Osorno, Chile


The Deskarriadas host a Skating Afternoon event: aimed at promoting skating in general, with demonstrations and guided skating practice for adults and children.

Event starts: 1330 Saturday

Venue: Escuela Fundación Paul Harris, Caupolican 58, Osorno, Chile

Also of interest, due to their attendees:

Sat: The Internet, Cyberspace (EST)


The Association of Flat Track Derby Announcers continue their monthly Webinar, via the Zoom video conferencing app.

This month's webinar covers how to plan your fixtures to hit your announcing goals, but avoid burning out (or bankruptcy).

Event starts: 1300 Saturday EST

Venue: Zoom meeting id 220 718 077, password 028273