This weekend's highlights are back to our two update format.
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 ;) )
This is a good weekend for tournaments - with two tournaments of interest to us in the USA (ECDX, where a lot of European, as well as US, teams try to get last-minute games for WFTDA eligibility requirements; and Hawai'i's Big Island Brawl, as Okinawa are there); but also two National or quasi-National tournaments in Europe (Spain's first ever Division 2 playoffs, and the sort-of-Italian-national-tournament Skake Im Ring).
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: Wanganui, New Zealand
West Coast Bombers host their annual All Day Derby event, an 8-team quadruple header including New Zealand Top 10 Champs bouts, and Men's derby.
Event starts: 1030 Saturday
- West Coast Bombers "Night Witches" ( ) versus Taranaki Roller Derby
- West Coast Bombers "Squadron" versus Hellmilton Roller Ghouls (Hamilton)
- Whenua Fatales (Kapiti/Horowhenua) versus Iron Maidens (Bay City Rollers | Napier/Hastings ) [Top 10 Champs]
- No City Skaters (Lower North NZ M) versus Northern Gents (Upper North NZ M)
First two bouts pending FTS links until we can map the teams to rated teams
Venue: Jubilee Stadium, Wanganui, New Zealand
Sat: Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Rocky Roller Derby host the 2019 edition of the "Skate of Origin" mini-tournament for regional leagues. We know that this is a triple-header, but there's no public details of the actual teams on Facebook atm...
No FTS entries yet, since we don't have team details
Event starts: 1530 Saturday
Venue: YWCA, 125 Robinson Street , North Rockhampton, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia
Wed: St Petersburg, Russia
White Night Furies host an Open-subscription Short Track Roller Derby tournament, complete with instruction, and a viewing gallery!
Event starts: 1930 Wednesday
Venue: Bypass Channel emb. 134-136-138 k231, St Petersburg, Russia
Sat-Sun: Collalbo, Italy
Alp'n Rockets host Skate im Ring 2019, the "Golden Edition" of the annual Italian tournament. This year 8 teams compete over two days, in two groups. This is the closest Italy gets to an "official national tournament", and we've debated using this in our National Champions page here at SRD for Italy.
- Group games (1 period x 30 min each)
- Group Red
- Harpies (Milan)
- Stray Beez (Rimini)
- She Wolves (Rome)
- Stryx (Salento)
- Group Blue
- Anguanas RD (Vicenza)
- Alp'n Rockets (Bolzano)
- Crimson Vipers (Bergamo)
- Banshees (Udine)
- full length Placement games (between teams of equivalent position in each group)
FTS tournament link currently empty of games, pending schedule etc, FTS does not normally list 30 minute games
Event starts: 0930 Saturday
Venue: Arena Ritten, Zaberbach 15, Collalbo, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy
Sat: Oslo, Norway
Oslo Roller Derby invite everyone involved with the team to join them in their part of Oslo's Pride Parade this weekend.
Event starts: 1300 Saturday (assembly time)
Venue: Krysset Grønlandsleiret-Platous, Oslo, Norway
Sat-Sun: Bochum, Germany
RhurPott Roller Derby host an open lecture on Roller Derby - both the sport, and particularly its importance as an exemplar for political, feminist, socio-critical sports governance. (And then they'll have an open bar!)
Event starts: 1900 Saturday
Venue: Oval Office Bar, Saladin-Schmitt-Straße 2, Bochum, Germany
Sat: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam Roller Derby host an international double header with opponents from France and Germany.
- Death Row Honeys (Rotterdam A) versus Lomme Roller Girls Glorious Batardes (Lomme B)
- Killer Bees (Rotterdam B) versus Bremen Meatgrinders
Event starts: 1300 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Sportcentrum West, Spaanseweg 2-4, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sat: Paris, France
Panam Squad host a triple-header of MRDA sanctioned derby, with London's Southern Discomfort and Montpellier's Kamiquadz.
- Knights of Discomfort (London MA) versus Kamiquadz (Montpellier MA)
- Panam Squad (Paris MA) versus Knights of Discomfort
- Panam Squad versus Kamiquadz
Event starts: midday Saturday (first game)
Venue: Gymnase des Fillettes, 54 Boulevard Ney, Paris, France
Sat: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK
Newcastle Roller Girls host a home teams tournament, with a little bit of mystery Tyne&Fear at the end, to celebrate their 10th anniversary as a league! (Happy birthday, Newcastle!)
- Blue Star Bruisers versus Toon Raiders (NRG)
- Toon Raiders versus War Lasses (NRG)
- War Lasses versus Blue Star Bruisers (NRG)
- Tyne and Fear (Newcastle M) versus "guests"
No FTS links as home teams games are normally not rateable
Event starts: 1230 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Benfield Sports Centre, Benfield Road, Newcastle upon Tyne
Sat: Leeds, UK
Leeds Roller Derby host a triple header round-robin featuring Dundee and Oxford.
- Oxford versus Dundee
- Leeds versus Dundee
- Leeds versus Oxford
Event starts: 1100 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: The Edge, University of Leeds, Willow Terrace Road, Leeds, UK
Sat-Sun: La Manga, Murcia, Spain
- Roller Derby Murcia
- Roller Derby Madrid B
- Frankensteam (mix Salamanca, Badalona, Cáceres)
- As Brigantias- Roller Derby A Coruña
- Roller Derby Vigo- León
- Bonitas del Norte (mix Bilbo, Nafarriors, Cantabria, Easo)
- La Güestia Roller Derby Asturies
- Rayo B-Lockers Valencia (Valencia B)
Event starts: 1000 Saturday (doors open?)
Venue: Pabellon Municipal de la Manga Km12, La Manga, Murcia, Spain
Sat: Cork, Ireland
Cork City Firebirds host a double header event in the south of Ireland - a local bout and mixed public scrimmage!
- Cork City Firebirds versus Galway City Roller Derby
- Mixed scrimmage (Open To All genders)
First bout only on FTS as obviously you can't rate a scrimmage.
Event starts: 1300 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Little Island Sports Complex, Wallingstown, Cork
Sat: Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon Grrrls Roller Derby host their last game of the season, and it's an international bout!
- Lisbon Grrrls Roller Derby versus Marseille Roller Derby Club
Event starts: 1600 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Pavilhão Municipal Desportivo do Bairro da Boavista, Lisbon, Portugal
Sat-Sun: Cancùn, Mexico
Reinas Rojas are participating in Go Skate Day, or at least the bit of it in Cancùn... (Go Skate Day is one of those "international" days which, in this case, celebrates mostly skateboards and longboards, but also other wheeled things.)
Event starts: 1500 Saturday
Venue: Unidad Deportiva Cecilio Chi, Cancùn, Mexico
Sat-Sun: Viña del Mar, Chile
Tacones Bandidos Roller Derby host a "Triangular Bandidos", a triple-header round robin of Chilean Roller Derby. This event is free to the public!
- Tacones Bandidos (Viña del Mar)
- Furias Roller Derby (Santiago)
- Diosas Volcánicas (Puerto Varas)
Event starts: 1100 Saturday (first game)
Venue: Complejo deportivo Jonatan Araya, Tranque sur Forestal, Viña del Mar, Chile
Sat: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Medias Rotas Roller Derby host an exciting, and relatively rare event: a junior team playing their own adult team!
- Medias Rotas Roller Derby versus Medias Rotas Juniors!
Not listed on FTS, as FTS has historically not tracked juniors well
Event starts: 1930 Saturday
Venue: Parque Fidel Velázquez VI, Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
Additionally, these events in North America are of interest due to the attendance of other teams:
Thurs-Sun: Hilo, HI, USA
Paradise Roller Girls host the 2019 edition of the Big Island Brawl, Hawai'i's yearly international invitational tournament. As well as three teams based on the Islands themselves, there's a host of visiting teams - of interest to us, Okinawa Roller Derby! This will be run as a two-group initial phase, followed by placement games via an elimination tournament.
- Teams attending:
- Group 1
- Echo City Knockouts (Kailua-Kona, HI)
- Maui Roller Girls (Maui, HI)
- Okinawa Roller Derby (Okinawa, Japan)
- SO Derby (Medford, OR)
- Group 2
- SINtral Valley Derby Girls (Central Valley, CA)
- River City Roller Derby (Richmond, VA)
- Pacific Roller Derby (O'ahu, HI)
- Peninsula Roller Girls (Redwood City, CA)
- Group 1
Due to load on FTS, we've not populated the tournament's list of bouts yet. This will come.
Event starts: 0900 Thursday (first game)
Venue: Hilo Civic Auditorium, 323 Manono St., Hilo, HI, USA
Fri-Sun: Feasterville, PA, USA
Philly Roller Derby host the 2019 edition of ECDX; as usual the final chance for WFTDA teams to get in a lot of sanctioned games before the eligibility cut-off, as well as a great collection of MRDA and JRDA sanctioned bouts for their own ratings. As such, it's of interest to us because of the attendance of London Rollergirls, Rainy City Roller Derby (Oldham, UK), Bear City Roller Derby (Berlin, DE), Crime City Rollers (Malmö, SWE) and Paris Rollergirls in the WFTDA bracket. As far as we can see, there are no teams from outside North America in the MRDA or JRDA brackets this year.
- Teams attending:
- WFTDA tier:
- Southern Delaware Roller Derby
- Fredericksburg Roller Derby
- Charlottesville Derby Dames
- Detroit Roller Derby
- Philly Roller Derby (A&B&C)
- Charlottesville Belmont Bruisers
- Windy City Rollers (Chicago)
- Paris Rollergirls
- Texas Rollergirls (A&B)
- Atlanta Roller Derby (A&B)
- London Rollergirls
- Santa Cruz Derby Girls
- Grand Raggidy Roller Derby
- Dub City Roller Derby
- Bear City Roller Derby (Berlin)
- Queen City Roller Girls
- Jet City Roller Derby
- Crime City Rollers (Malmö)
- Gotham Roller Derby (A&B)
- MRDA tier:
- Mohawk Valley Roller Derby
- St Louis (A&B)
- Magic City Misfits
- Penn Jersey Hooligans
- JRDA tier:
- Central New York Junior Roller Derby (lvl 2)
- Gotham Girls Junior Derby (lvl 2)
- Raleigh Junior Rollers (lvl 3)
- Philly Roller Derby Juniors (lvl2, lvl 3)
- Mars Junior Roller Derby (lvl 2)
- Monadock Roller Derby (lvl 3)
- Darlings of Destruction (level 3)
- Jersey Juniors (lvl 2)
- Hampshire Junior Roller Derby (lvl 2)
- Detroit Junior Roller Derby (lvl 3)
- Queen City Junior Roller girls (lvl 3)
- Black 'n' Blue Gems (lvl 3)
- New Jersey Roller Derby Small Stars (lvl 3)
- Ithaca League of Junior Rollers (lvl 3)
- New Hampshire Junior Roller Derby (lvl 2)
- K-Bees Junior Derby (lvl 2)
- Maryland Area Roller Sports (lvl 2)
- WFTDA tier:
Event starts: 0900 Friday?
Venue: 1331 Oreilly Dr, Feasterville, PA, USA