It seems that as we enter December, the density of scrimmage increases unboundedly - except in France, where they simply hold a huge number of triple header fixtures instead. Apologies to France, then, this week: we had to pick a small number of the many events you have on in order to keep to our rules.
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).
Sat: Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Remutaka Roller Derby are closing out their season with a single header against the Quiet Riot.
- Remutaka Rebels (Upper Hutt) versus Quiet Riot (?)
Event starts: 1900
Venue: Upper Hutt Rollerskating Club, 4A Railway Avenue, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
Sat: Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Dragon City Roller Derby host their annual Christmas Scrimmage, a triple header scrimmage event (including a junior derby demo).
- Low Contact Scrimmage (open to all?)
- DCRD Juniors Demo
- Full Contact Scrimmage (WFTDA-gender policy, 16+)
Event starts: 1230 Saturday
Venue: Truscott Reserve, Murdock St, Bendigo, VIC, Australia
Fri: Tokyo, Japan
The Derby Night group are hosting another event, which we know about thanks to Neon Roller Monsters . This is a Christmas Scrimmage, with skaters from all Tokyo's teams playing together. This event is free admission for spectators.
(Neon Roller Monsters have also recently rebranded and launched a striking new website. We'll be trying to catch up about this over the end of year period.)
- Team Black versus Team White (Derby Night mixed Tokyo teams scrimmage)
Event starts: 2130 Friday (doors open)
Venue: Tokyo Dome Roller Skate Arena, 4F Bunkyo , Tokyo, Japan
Sat: Camp Humphreys, Pyeongtaek, South Korea
OH Roller Derby host a Festive Scrimmage, open to spectators, to close the season.
- Gingerbread Brawlers versus Candy Cane Crushers (OH home teams)
Event starts: 1200 Saturday
Venue: Collier Gym, Camp Humphreys, 83-2 Dodu-ri, Paengseong-eup, Pyeongtaek-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Sat: Gothenburg, Sweden
Gothenburg Roller Derby host an international double header, with Milan's finest coming up to the frozen north for a pair of games.
- Dock City Rollers Plan B (Gothenburg B) versus Harpies (Milan)
- Aqwarriors (Gothenburg Roller Derby) versus Harpies
Event starts: 1200 Saturday
Venue: Valhalla Sporthall, Valhallagatan, Gothenburg, Sweden
Sat: Geneva, Switzerland
Genève Roller Derby United host the second of their Matches de Marmite series: two bouts, hot wine, soup, and chocolate pots!
- Mères Royaume (Geneva) versus Criminal Nurses (Aubenas)
- Wild Wild Fresh (open subs team) versus Cannibal Marmots Cééé (Grenoble C)
Event starts: 1400 Saturday (first whistle)
Venue: Chemin du Fort-de-l’écluse 1, Geneva, Switzerland
Sat-Sun: Dijon, France
Les Fox'Soyeurs host a quintuple header over two days for the Championnat de France Nationale 2 Masculine.
- Les Gerbes de Provence (Marseille M) versus Track'Ass Roller Derby (Tours M)
- STYX (Mérignac M) versus Burgundy Derby Crew (Dijon M)
- Les Barons Cathares (Toulouse MB) versus Les Gerbes de Provence
- Track'Ass versus STYX
- Burgundy Derby Crew versus Les Barons Cathares
Event starts: 1115 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Gymnase des Bourroches, 50 Boulevard Eugène Fyot, Dijon, France
Sat: Gent, Belgium
GO-GO Gent Roller Derby host a WFTDA-sanctioned double header to start the Belgian season. (Only the first bout is WFTDA-Sanctioned.)
- GO-GO Gent versus Deathrow Honeys (Rotterdam) [WFTDA Sanc]
- Go-GO-Gent versus Pack of Destruction (Antwerp B)
Event starts: 1730 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: KOC Sint-Gregorius, Jules Destréelaan 67, Gentbrugge, Belgium
Thurs-the new Year!: Montreuil, France
Le Mange Disc hosts an exhibition of art by illustrators Mucho Michaud and Séverine Zemoz, on the theme of Roller Derby! The artists are both members of leagues (Lutèce Destroyeuses and Nasty Pêcheresses), and have contributed work to their leagues over the past time.
This exhibition, titled Radikal Tropikal, aims to promote the sport, and its feminist values, via the medium of their art.
Event starts: Thursday 12 December 2019 to 4 January 2020!
Venue: Au Mange Disc, 50 Rue de Romainville, Montreuil, France
Sat-Sun: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Roller Derby host an end of season bootcamp coached by Mia Palau (Rose City Rollers) on Saturday, and Juke Boxx (Barcelona Roller Derby) on the Sunday. As is usual for these things, the Sunday bootcamp concludes with a scrimmage for all attendees.
Event starts: 1400 Saturday
Venue: CEM Trinitat Vella, Via de Bàrcino, 84, Barcelona, Spain
Sat: Oldham, UK
Rainy City Roller Derby and the Knights of Oldham co-host the traditional end-of-year Manchester Christmas Intra-league games, as all of the Manchester Metropolitan area's leagues come together to close the season. As this is a festive event, you can also expect mulled wine, mince pies... and a "Reverse Gotto", allowing children to donate gifts to Santa to deliver to Wood Street Mission.
- Open To All genders Bout [skaters from Rainy City, Knights of Oldham, Manchester Roller Derby and Arcadia Roller Derby]
- WFTDA-gender policy Bout [skaters from all the above except Knights of Oldham, we assume?]
Event starts: 1400 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Rainy City Roller Derby, The Thunderdome, 51-53 King St 1st Floor, Oldham, UK
Sat: Madrid, Spain
The MadRiders close out their season with an MRDA-gender bout against A Coruña's finest.
- MadRiders (Madrid M) versus Irmandiñas Revolution (A Coruña M)
Event starts: 1400 Saturday
Venue: Polideportivo Plata y Castañar, Paseo de Plata y Castañar, Madrid, Spain
Sat: Brest, France
B.M.O Roller Derby Girls host a triple header of French derby to close out their year.
- Les Déferlantes (Rennes) versus Panthers+ (St Gratien)
- Les Sabordeuses (Brest) versus ?
- Panthers+ versus Toutes Etoiles (Brest)
Event starts: 1200 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Gymnase de Kérédern, Rue Paul Dukas, Brest, Bretagne, France
Sat-Sun: A Coruña, Spain
As Brigantias Roller Derby are closing out the season with a double header of Spanish Derby.
- Black Thunders Derby Dames (Madrid) versus As Brigantias A (A Coruña A)
- As Brigantias A versus La Güestia (Asturias)
Event starts: 1700 Saturday (first whistle)
Venue: Pabellón Monte Alto, Rua Alcalde Sanjurjo 4A, La Coruña, Spain
Sat: Reykjavík, Iceland
Roller Derby Iceland host a festive Christmas Roller Disco, open to all ages.
Event starts: 1600 Saturday
Venue: Valsheimili, Reykjavík, Iceland
Fri: San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina
Independencia Roller Derby host a fundraising event in order to raise money to repair their track!
As well as the headline bout, featuring skaters from across Argentina, there will be live music from local bands Tourquiza, Los Papachos, Gus Lezcano, Critical Haze and The Innocent Boy, and Antifa Crew, as well as many stalls and other entertainments.
- Gatitos versus Dinosaurios [mixed open subs bout]
Event starts: 1500 Friday
Venue: Complejo Deportivo General Belgrano, San Miguel de Tucumán, Tucumán, Argentina
Sat-Sun: Bariloche, Argentina
Huiñas Roller Derby host the third edition of QuadBeer, their annual end of year tournament [which also happens to include artesanal beers]. This edition is run as a "quadrangular", a round robin for 4 teams, over two days. Officiating support for this event in Patagonia provided by funds raised by Un Sol Para Lxs Oficialxs last weekend.
- Revolucion Roller Derby (Bariloche)
- Cutral-Co Roller Derby
- Hienas de La Calle (Bari)
- Huiñas Roller Derby (Bariloche)
Event starts: 1000 Saturday
Venue: El Club, Vereerbrugghen 2740, San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina