Weekend Highlights: 27 July 2019

This is another single-update for the entire weekend - but that doesn't mean it's not exciting! We have a lot of derby happening across the world, including a three-day bootcamp in Estonia (covering WFTDA, Roller Derby Sevens and Short Track), and even more variant games in Australia, as South Sea Roller Derby host another Rainbow Lightning tournament (which is a ruleset we'd love to see people try in Europe sometime).

In Scotland, New Town Roller Derby host a Charity LGBT scrimmage, to support West Lothian Pride.

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: Taupo, New Zealand


The Huka Dolls (link to Facebook, as sadly they don't seem to have a website or other social media) host a single-header against regular rivals, Kapiti Coast Derby Collective, for the "Queen of the Rink" title for the year.

  • Huka Dolls (Taupo) versus KC/DC (Kapiti Coast)

Event starts: 1530 (doors open)

Venue: AC Baths Avenue, Taupo, New Zealand

Sun: Carrum Downs, VIC, Australia


South Sea Roller Derby hosts the return of their variant short-format-but-also-endurance ruleset, Rainbow Lightning, for an evening of derby. Rainbow Lightning has 1 jam per game... but that jam is 10 minutes long, with no call-offs possible. Skaters can sub in and out during each jam, when they pass the team bench (but new jammers need to get a new initial pass before scoring again) - but there are only 8 skaters per team, so you need to pace your substitutions.

  • 8 team tournament (round robin?)

Event starts: 1800 Sunday

Venue: Sk8house, 3/2 Amayla Cres, Carrum Downs, Victoria, Australia

Sat-Sun: Margaret River, WA, Australia


Margaret River Roller Derby (link to Facebook as we can't find an active website or social media off Facebook) hosts the 3rd round of the Western Australia-wide BOOM State Clash tournament. This is the first time ever that Margaret River has hosted the event, so it's an exciting weekend!

  • Cabernet Savages (Margaret River) versus Perth Roller Derby Bs
  • Dread Pirate Rollers (Kwinana) versus Albany Roller Derby League
  • Sin City Rollers (Geraldton) versus WA Roller Derby B
  • Albany Roller Derby League versus Perth Roller Derby Bs
  • Cabernet Savages (Margaret River) versus Bunbury Roller Derby
  • Sin City Rollers (Geraldton) versus Dread Pirate Rollers (Kwinana)
  • Perth Roller Derby Bs versus WA Roller Derby B
  • Potluck Open-To-All genders game

Event starts: 0930 am (Saturday)

Venue: Margaret River Recreation Centre, 51 Wallcliffe Road, Margaret River, WA, Australia

Fri-Sun: Mustvee, Estonia


Tartu Roller Derby and Tallinn Roller Girls, as part of the Estonian Roller Derby body, Eesti Roller Derby Liit, host their Peipus Bootcamp, a three-day intensive Roller Derby bootcamp on the shores of Lake Peipus (on the Estonia/Russia border).

  • Off and on skates training, WFTDA rules, Roller Derby Sevens and Short Track Roller Derby
  • Scrimmages
  • Rules school
  • Referee clinic and

Event starts: 1700 Friday

Venue: Mustvee spordihoone Narva 24, Mustvee, Estonia.

Sat: Prague, Czech Republic


Prague City Roller Derby celebrate their 7th Birthday with a Party including:

  • Open air barbecue
  • Raffle
  • "As much Roller Derby Spirit as you can bear"

Event starts: 1400 Saturday

Venue: Koněvova 910/61, Prague, Czech Republic

Sat: Essen, Germany


Ruhrpott Roller Derby celebrate their 10th birthday with a double-header of exciting scrimmage, followed by an evening roller disco.

  • Ruhrpott All-Stars versus Friends (WFTDA-gender open subs team)
  • Dark Forces versus Rainbow Warriors (Open To All gender open subs teams)

Event starts: 1400 Saturday (first bout)

Venue: Wohnbau Hockey Arena, Raumerstraße 51, Essen, Germany

Sat: Basel, Switzerland


Rhine Rebels host the first of a series of open-door scrimmages, Open To All genders (min-skills passed). This is intended to help everyone - skaters, NSOs and Referees - try new things and gain more experience.

Event starts: 1530 Saturday (doors open to skaters/officials)

Venue: Rollschuhsporthalle Basel. Nidwaldnerstrasse 20, Basel, Switzerland

Sun: Livingston, Scotland


New Town Roller Derby are hosting an Open-To-All genders Charity LGBT Scrimmage, in support of West Lothian Pride (of which NTRD are also sponsors this year). All donations are going to an LGBT charity to be announced.

Event starts: 1500 Sunday

Venue: Craigswood Sports Centre, Craigswood, Livingston, Scotland

Sun: Oldham, UK


Rainy City Roller Derby host a Strategy Bootcamp, lead by Menace, Lauren Swaffield, Banshee, Hayley Avron and Fay Roberts from the All-Stars roster.

  • Bootcamp covers:
    • Jam Starts
    • Scoring pass Strategy
    • Power jams (and powerless jams)

Event starts: 11am Sunday

Venue: The Thunderdome, 51-53 King St 1st Floor, Oldham, UK

Sun: Crewe, UK


Railtown Loco Rollers host a triple-header, the last fixture in British Champs Tier 3 West (WFTDA-side). With Severn Roller Torrent already safely at the top of the league table, and playing lowest-placed Stoke, , the real excitement is in the final game: 2nd and 3rd placed Wolverhampton and Railtown vying for that #2 spot which guarantees promotion into Tier 2. With no relegation in Tier 3, #5 Coventry will be looking to push #4 Bridgend down into their old spot, for honour, rather than anything else.

  • Severn Roller Torrent (Gloucestershire) versus Stoke City Rollers
  • Bridgend Roller Derby versus Coventry Roller Derby
  • Wolverhampton Honour Rollers versus Railtown Loco Rollers (Crewe)

Event starts: 1000 Sunday

Venue: Sir William Stanier School, Coronation Street, CW1 4EB Crewe

Sat: Buenos Aires, Argentina


Wonderclan Roller Derby host a triple-bout, three games and six teams in one day, in one of the bigger events this weekend. The newly-formed AGEC Roller Derby, based in Córdoba, and the relatively new collaborative effort, Fussion Derby Club, both compete in bouts, making this an exciting tournament.

  • Bastardas Roller Derby Tigre (Buenos Aires Norte W) versus Fussion Derby Club (pseudo-exhibition team with skaters from the Argentine coast)
  • Facones Galácticos (Buenos Aires Norte M) versus Inka RD (Buenosa Aires O)
  • Wonderclan (Buenosa Aires Norte W) versus AGEC (Córdoba)

Event starts: 1200 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Francisco Narciso de Laprida 2929, Florida, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sun: Valdivia, Chile


Roller Derby Valdivia host a wintery evening of entertainment, to raise funds to allow Roller Derby Valdivia to particpate as part of the Chilean National Team. This event, as well as providing food and games, also serves as an introduction to the sport for those interested.

Event starts: 1500 Sunday

Venue: Escuela Alemania, Los Pelues, Valdivia, Chile

Sat-Sun: Queretaro, Mexico


Rock City Roller Derby and Crows Roller Derby host "Rock City Deathmatch Vol 2", the return of the Queretaro hosted mini-tournament. This is an MRDA-gender policy tournament, featuring co-hosts Crows against 3 other teams in a 6-game round robin.

  • Teams:
    • Crows Roller Derby (Queretaro M)
    • Disorder RD (CDMX M)
    • Minotauros (CDMX M)
    • Wheels of Mayhem (Baja California M)

FTS entries pending publication of a schedule of bouts

Event starts: 1200 Saturday

Venue: Facultad de Ciencias Naturales UAQ, Avenida de las Ciencias, Queretaro, Mexico