Weekend Highlights: 28 September 2019

This is another really busy weekend, but weirdly less so in Latin America on Saturday [edit: this turned out to be just that the events were harder to find]. We have two 10th birthdays of leagues, several bootcamps and tournaments (including possibly our favourite one, the Hot Chilli Cup - providing both Junior derby bootcamp and tournament in Australia), and a bunch of exciting derby in Argentina. As there are so many deserving events, we'll be having an addendum to cover significant things in the Sunday-Monday period later in the week.

We've also switched to a better map projection (Eckert IV) for this edition, to more accurately represent the scale of the countries and continents of the world.

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 ;) )

We've bent the rules a bit this time, because it's important to highlight derby in regions which need more attention, and because it's quiet enough that we have the space.

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-Sun: Maryborough, QLD, Australia


Red Hot Chilli Rollers Inc host the 2019 edition of their Hot Chilli Cup, a two-day combination Junior Derby bootcamp and tournament, designed to help support the sport in Queensland. In general, the event is structured with mornings for the bootcamp clinics, and then 2 public bouts in the afternoon. For this year, all of the tournament teams are designed as references to popular soft drinks or snack foods (this is a lot more obvious if you find the logos).

  • Day 1 bouts
    • Fantastic versus Lucky
    • Diabolical versus Terrific
  • Day 2 bouts
    • Super versus Marvellous
    • Red Hot Chilli Rollers versus The World

Event starts: 0900 Saturday (bootcamp), 1200 Saturday (tournament)

Venue: Maryborough Showgrounds, Maryborough, QLD, Australia

Sat: Dubai, United Arab Emirates


UAE Roller Derby continue their season with an open scrimmage, and interleaved Refereeing and NSO Clinic.

  • Team Black versus Team Green

Event starts: 1330 Saturday

Venue: Aktiv Nation, Al Quoz, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Fri: Durban, South Africa


Durban Roller Derby host a WFTDA-rules Roller Derby bout, with a Super Heroes versus Villain theme.

  • Super Heroes versus Villains home teams expo bout

Event starts: 1900 Friday (doors open)

Venue: APN Portuguese Club, 5 Wright Place, Carrington Heights, Durban, South Africa

Sat: Copenhagen, Denmark


Copenhagen Roller Derby celebrate 10 years of Roller Derby in Denmark's capital with a triple header event, including international junior roller derby!

  • Copenhagen Roller Derby B versus Dock City Plan B (Gothenburg B)
  • Troublemakers (Copenhagen J) versus Candy Snatchers (Crime City Rollers J | Malmö )
  • Copenhagen Roller Derby A versus Norrköping Roller Derby

Troublemakers versus Candy Snatchers bout not on FTS as exhibition teams.

Event starts: 1330 Saturday

Venue: DGI-byen, Tietgensgade 65, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sat: Regensburg, Germany


The Rolling Rat Pack host a very special scrimmage, to raise funds to support their member, Hella Blitzgerald, who has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia. All proceeds go towards her and her family.

  • Rolling Rat Pack (Regensburg) versus Munich Rolling Rebels

Event starts: 1600 Saturday

Venue: Albertus-Magnus-Gymnasium Regensburg, Hans-Sachs-Str. 2, Regensburg, Germany

Sat: Nørresundby, Denmark


Aalborg Roller Derby host an international double-header as the Parliament of Pain travels up from the Netherlands to play Aalborg and Aarhus, in the self-titled "CupQuake Battle"!

  • Aalborg Combat Bullies vs. The Queens of PoP (Parliament of Pain | The Hague)
  • The Queens of PoP vs. Aarhus Derby Danes (Smile City Rollers | Aarhus)

Event starts: 1200 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Nørresundby Gymnasium og HF, Studievej 14, Nørresundby, Denmark

Sat: Zürich, Switzerland


Zürich City Roller Derby are celebrating their 10th anniversary with an international double header (and an apparently epic afterparty).

  • AllStarZ (Zürich A) versus Bristol Roller Derby
  • BruiseZ (Zürich B) versus Hell's Ass Derby Girls (Strasbourg)

Event starts: 1500 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Sportanlage Fronwald, Fronwaldstrasse 115, Zürich, Switzerland

Sat: Utrecht, Netherlands


Dom City Roller Derby host a double header of international roller derby.

  • Dom City Dolls (Utrecht) versus Bembel Town Roller Girls (Frankfurt)
  • ThunderDoms (Utrecht B) versus Suck City Rock 'n Roller Dolls (Breda)

Event starts: 1300 Saturday

Venue: Manitobadreef 8, 3565 CH Utrecht, Nederland

Fri: Rotterdam, Netherlands


Rotterdam Roller Derby are celebrating Pride Week in Rotterdam with an Open-to-All genders, open scrimmage on Friday. Skaters, officials, photographers and all other volunteers welcome.

  • Team Rainbow versus Team Glitter

Event starts: 1900 Friday (hall open)

Venue: Sportcentrum West (Rotterdam), Spaanseweg 2, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sat: Grenoble, France


The Cannibal Marmots host a triple header of Roller Derby action as they warm up for the coming French 2019-20 season, all three of their teams playing in one day.

  • Cannibal Marmots Cééé (Grenoble C) versus Criminal Nurses B (Aubenas B)
  • Cannibal Marmots Bééé (Grenoble B) versus Voodoo Vixens (Besançon)
  • Cannibal Marmots Ahhh (Grenoble) versus Leopard Avengers (Caen)

Event starts: 1030 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: Gymnase Ampère, 74 rue Anatole France, Grenoble, France

Sat-Sun: Aix en Provence, France


Les Amazones host a rather difficult to find (the event isn't owned by their page) bootcamp for Skating and Non-Skating Officials over the weekend. Coached by Big Daddy (HR Montpellier) for referees, and Jessy Rocket for NSOs. The event will conclude on the Sunday evening with an open scrimmage (signup available on the event) to allow attendees to practice what they've learned.

Event starts: 1300 Saturday

Venue: Salle Pierre Coulange, Aix en Provence, France

Sat: Rochester, UK


Kent Roller Girls host an international single header, as Dublin B head across the Irish sea for a game.

  • Kent Roller Girls versus Dublin Roller Derby B

Event starts: 1300 Saturday (doors open)

Venue: King's Rochester Sports Centre, 601 Maidstone Road, UK

Fri: Swindon, UK


Wiltshire Roller Derby host another of their regular Open scrims, with (numbers permitting) optional alternating WFTDA-gender, MRDA-gender, OTA jams, for maximum inclusivity.

Event starts: 2000 Friday

Venue: Abbey park School Swindon, Isambard Way, Swindon, UK

Sat-Sun: Madrid, Spain


Roller Derby Madrid hosts a two-day Refereeing Bootcamp * set of open scrimmages this weekend. Coached by Srta. Biónica and Alf, this bootcamp will cover all aspects of Refereeing, including position-by-position skills, time management, and coordinating referees for events, as well as a discussion of the international referee community.

Each day closes with several hours of scrimmage, to allow practical experience and coaching for the referees. (Prospective players in the scrim may also sign up, as long as they are mins-passed.)

Event starts: 10am Saturday

Venue: Centro Deportivo Municipal Moratalaz, Valdebernardo, S/N, Madrid, Spain

Sat: Bimenes, Asturias, Spain


La Güestia Roller Derby start the new season with a scrimmage (hence no FTS listing) against A Coruña's Irmandinas.

  • La Güestia (Asturias region) versus Irmandinas (Roller Derby Coruña | A Coruña)

Event starts: 1700

Venue: San Julián 182, San Julián, Asturias, Spain

Sat: Neuquén, Argentina


Neuquén's Malditas X host a double-header picadito (friendly), for all contenders.

  • Malditas X (Neuquén) versus The World (open subs team)
  • Black versus White open scrimmage

Event starts: 1750 Saturday

Venue: Collón Cura y Calle 5, Neuquén, Argentina

Sat-Sun: Buenos Aires, Argentina

[FACEBOOK LINK (flyer)] [EVENT Programme]

Kamikazes Roller Derby and Chat Noir will be playing a "demonstration bout" at the prestigious annual Juegos Universitarios Regionales (Regional University Games), a great opportunity for outreach for the sport.

Event starts: ?? (see agenda and programme when complete)

Venue: Roque Sáenz Peña 352, Bernal, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Sat: San Luis Potosí, Mexico


Furiosas Roller Derby host a single header against the Aniquiladoras of Mexico City.

  • Furiosas (San Luis Potosí) versus Aniquiladoras (Mexico City)

Event starts: 1700 Saturday

Venue: Patinódromo de alto rendimiento Inpode, Av Himno Nacional 4000, Issste, San Luis, S.L.P., Mexico