The new "Weekend Highlights" feature returns, with a slight modification to our rule from last weekend. There are far too many valuable fixtures to cover all of them (especially in France and the UK, which tend to have multiple tournaments, bootcamps etc all on one weekend), but we also don't want to be so strict as to have just 1 per country. So, we'll be doing the following:
Two highlights a weekend - Sat + (All Weekend); and then a smaller one for Sunday.
Both 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.
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).
Thurs+Fri: Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Hot Lava Rollers , Bali's first Roller Derby team, host a Launch Party this Friday, preceded by a Movie Night screening of iconic Roller Derby film, Whip It!. The Launch Party will provide not just a chance to learn more about Roller Derby and the team, but also the first opportunity to own Hot Lava Rollers' new merch.
Event starts: 1900 Thursday (Movie Night), 2000 Friday (Launch Party) Venue: Lust+Lost Chill Bar, Jalan Tanah Barak 6 Canggu, Kuta Utara, Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Sat: Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Grrrls Roller Derby host a single header against last years' Continental Cup hosts, As Brigantias of A Coruña, Spain.
Event starts: 1600 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Pavilhão Municipal Desportivo Do Bairro Da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal
Sat: Nottingham, UK
Nottingham Roller Derby hosts a triple header of sanctioned WFTDA and MRDA bouts! Starting with the next two fixtures in the British Championships MRDA-side Tier 1 North, including Scottish interest as Glasgow Men's Roller Derby face the hosts; the day ends with high-level WFTDA action, as Edinburgh's Auld Reekie play Milton Keynes' Rebellion.
- British Champs T1MN - Super Smash Brollers (Nottingham M) versus Glasgow Men's Roller Derby - New Wheeled Order ( M) versus Barrow Infernos (Barrow-in-Furness M)
- Auld Reekie Roller Derby (Edinburgh) versus Rebellion Roller Derby (Milton Keynes)
Event starts: 1100 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, UK
Sat-Sun: Ligugé, France
Les Broyeueses du Poitu host a two-day bootcamp for Officials and Skaters.
The first day will be a purely theoretical half-day for officials (referees & NSOs), whilst the second will be practical coaching for all, including scrimmage. The skater component of the bootcamp is aimed at beginner-intermediate level. Coaches: Charlie Coeur, Bernie, Cass Burn
Event starts: 1400 Saturday (Officials), 0900 Sunday (Skaters)
Venue: Complex Sportif Jean Paul Gomez, Avenue Paul Claudel, Ligugé, France
Sat: Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Tyne and Fear Roller Derby host the 4th round of the British Championships MRDA-side Tier 2. With Scotland's Bairn City Rollers currently in 3rd place in the leaderboards, this will be one of their tougher games, as they play the currently unbeaten #1 place North Wales.
- Tyne and Fear B (Newcastle MB) versus Knights of Oldham
- Bairn City Rollers (Stirling/Falkirk O) versus North Wales Roller Derby (Men)
Event starts: 1200 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Benfield Sports Centre, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Sat: Pollestres, France
Coccyx Lexis of Perpignan host the mirror of the Trophée Chocolatine - the Trophée Pain au Chocolat! This one-day tournament sees teams from across the region of France where chocolate-filled pastry has its more popular name compete for the Cup. This is a full 5 team round robin, with 10 games across the day (given the timings, we think they're short-format of some kind).
Competing: - Coccyx Lexis (Perpignan) - DCCLM (Montpellier) - Castres Roller Derby - Roll'in Tarn (Albi) - Roller Derby Toulouse
These games are not listed in Flat Track Stats (due to format?)
Event starts: 0900 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Avenue Pablo Casals, Pollestres, France
Sat-Sun: Charleroi, Belgium
Blackland Rockin' K-Rollers host an Intermediate/Advanced skating bootcamp, with an additional Officials bootcamp co-hosted.
All three sessions (skater/referee/NSO) will run in parallel, culminating in a scrimmage at the end of the Sunday. Coaches are: Candyman (referees); La mèche Tsé Tsé (NSO); Why So Sirus, Sally Broyeur & Trick or Threat (skaters).
Event starts: 13:00 Saturday
Venue: Centre Sportif de Roux, Rue Des Courturelles 2, Charleroi, Belgium
Sat-Sun: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam Roller Derby host the 2019 edition of the Stroopwafel Cup, their annual WFTDA-rules tournament.
Competing this year are: - Amsterdam Roller Derby (A & B) - Roller Derby Hannover (A) - Les Sabordeuses (Brest B) - Pack of Destruction (Antwerp B)
Event starts: 0800 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Weeren de sportp., Sportpark de Weeren, 5, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sat-Sun: Emden, Germany
Maleficent Mermaids , Emden's, Junior Derby team, host the 2019 edition of their Junior Roller Derby bootcamp. This two day event will be entirely coaching on the Saturday, and scrimmage on the Sunday.
In parallel, there will also be an NSO workshop for interested attendees.
Event starts: 0900 Saturday
Venue: Pillauer Straße, Emden, Germany
Sat: Bergamo, Italy
Crimson Vipers Roller Derby Bergamo host a double header, as they host a double header (slightly unusually, for one of the away teams...)
- Crimson Vipers (Bergamo) versus Black Thunders (Madrid)
- Harpies (Milan) versus Black Thunders (Madrid)
Event starts: 1500 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Palestra Corridoni, Via Flores Mario, Bergamo
Sat: Borås, Sweden
Stitch City Rollers celebrate their 5th anniversary with an open day of Roller Derby events, including a chance to try the sport yourself (for over 16s).
Event starts: 1400 Saturday
Venue: Borås Skatehall, Armbågavägen 16, Borås, Sweden
Sat: Vienna, Austria
Vienna Roller Derby host a triple header round robin, as their B team take on opponents from Germany and the Netherlands!
- Arnhem Fallen Angels (Arnhem, NL)
- Harbor Girls B (Hamburg/St Pauli, Germany B)
- Vienna Beasts (Vienna B)
Event starts: 1215 Saturday
Venue: AHS Theodor-Kramer, Theodor Kramer Straße 3, Vienna, Austria
Sat: Warsaw, Poland
Warsaw Hellcats Roller Girls host an international double header, with both a WFTDA- and MRDA-gender bout. Both are exciting, as this is one of the first chances to see Riga's team play; and the men's National teams bout is one of the first such games of the current National teams season (technically, "Polish Men's Roller Derby" isn't the Polish National Men's team, but it is all the Polish male skaters in Poland...).
- Warsaw Hellcats versus Riga Roller Derby
- Polish Men's Roller Derby versus Team Denmark Men's Roller Derby
Event starts: 1400 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Ursynowskie Centrum Sportu i Rekreacji, ZOS "Hawajksa"
Sat: Oulainen, Finland
Riverdale Rollers host the Division 1 final fixture for this season's Finnish National tournament.
- Kouvola Rock n Rollers (Kouvola) versus P-town Brawlers (Porvoo)
- Riverdale Rollers (Ylivieska) versus C-kaseti (Helsinki C)
Event starts: 1130 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Jäähali Oulainen, Kotimarjalankatu 1, Oulainen, Finland
Sat: Keysborough, VIC, Australia
- Ballarat Roller Derby League
- Kingston City Rollers
- Victoria Men's Roller Derby (B)
- Westside Derby Dollz (Wreckers)
These bouts are not currently listed in Flat Track Stats.
Event starts: 1400 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Springers Leisure Centre, 400 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough, VIC, Australia
Sat: Wellington, New Zealand
Richter City Roller Derby hosts a double header of NZ derby. The first bout is an OTA game between two guest leagues, whilst the hosts are playing one of their New Zealand Top 10 fixtures in the second.
- West Coast Bombers (Wanganui) versus Remutaka (Upper Hutt/Remutaka region)
- Richter City Roller Derby (Wellington) versus Whenua Fatales (Levin)
Event starts: 1600 Sat (doors open)
Venue: 101 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington, New Zealand