As this is once again, a very busy weekend, we'll be bringing you this update in two parts - this post, and a Sunday addendum . (As most of the events in Latin America are on Sunday, that means that the map for this update looks a bit unbalanced...)
There's a bunch of things this Thursday - mostly open scrimmages, in Aberdeen, Geneva, and Bundaberg (the latter is a "pot luck" game, so open to the public, but still open subs). On the weekend, Helsinki is celebrating 10 years of Roller Derby in Finland with a party; and Cologne are celebrating 10 years of derby in Köln with a two-day international tournament! (Blackpool are also celebrating 7 years with a party on Friday.)
The big national events are in Innsbruck, where the Fearless Bruisers host the third ever Austrian National Championship, and in Toulouse, where the Championnat de France Nationale 1 has a two-day fixture. (In Turku, there's a Suomi Cup fixture, but it's closed to the public.)
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).
Thurs: Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
Rum City Derby Dolls host their November "Pot Luck" fixture, with a guaranteed double-header (and possible triple). This event is Open To All genders, and "open age" (16+, with parent/guardian consent). Teams are formed out of the pool of participants.
- Rainbows versus Goths "Ladies only gender policy"
- Red versus Green / Christmas theme "Open To All genders"
- (possible) "Men only short scrim" (numbers dependant)
Event starts: 1600 Thursday
Venue: Shalom College, 9 Fitzgerald Street, Bundaberg, QLD, Australia
Sat: Darwin, NT, Australia
Darwin Roller Girls host "The Battle for the North", as they take on Mackay, Queensland's Roller Maidens in a season-ending game.
- Darwin Roller Girls versus Mackay City Roller Maidens
Event starts: 1730 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Marrara Indoor Stadium, Abala Rd, Darwin, NT, Australia
Sat: Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki Roller Derby host an all evening and night and the next morning party to celebrate 10 years of Roller Derby in Finland. As well as the music and dancing, this also features an open mic section for everyone to express their own feelings on the historic occasion, and a photo show of Marko Niemelä's documentation of that history.
Entry fees will be donated to Naisten Linja (Women's Line).
Event starts: 1800 Saturday
Venue: Grand Georgia, Hakaniemenranta 11, Helsinki, Finland
Sat: Turku, Finland
Dirty River Roller Derby host a CLOSED (due to venue limitations) quadruple header of Roller Derby. As well as the headline Suomi Cup bout (which is on FTS), there will also be a triple-header round-robin of short-format games (2x20min period).
- Dirty River Roller Derby (Turku) versus Tampere Roller Derby [Suomi Cup]
- 2x20 min game 1
- 2x20 min game 2
- 2x20 min game 3
Event starts: ??
Venue: ??, Turku, Finland
Sat-Sun: Malmö, Sweden
Crime City Rollers host their round of the Swedish Nationals Elite tier fixtures for this 2019-20 season, along with a Sunday Division 2 bout as a bonus!
- Royal Swedish Roller Derby (Stockholm) versus Dock City Rollers B (Gothenburg)
- Crime City Rollers B (Malmö B) versus Royal Swedish Roller Derby
- Crime City Rollers B versus Dock City Rollers B
- Helltown Hellcats (Helsingborg) versus Uppsala [Division 2]
Event starts: 1100 Saturday
Venue: Kopparbergsgatan 8, Malmö, Sweden
Sat: Copenhagen, Denmark
Copenhagen Roller Derby host an international single header, as Roller Derby Madrid fly up north to play them!
- Copenhagen Roller Derby versus Roller Derby Madrid
Event starts: 1030 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: DGI Byen, Tietgensgade 65, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sat-Sun: Innsbruck, Austria
- Vienna Roller Derby
- Fearless Bruisers (Innsbruck)
- Steelcity Rollers (Linz)
- Dust City Rollers (Graz)
- SBG Knockouts (Salzburg)
- Team Austria versus Team Italy (national teams game)
Event starts: 0930 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Landessportcenter Tirol, 10A Olympia Straße, Innsbruck, Austria
Sat: Zürich, Switzerland
Zürich City Roller Derby host an international double header for their A and B teams, as they face teams from Sweden and Wales, respectively.
- AllstarZ (Zürich A) versus Norrköping Roller Derby
- BruiseZ (Zürich B) versus Riot City Ravens (Newport)
Event starts: 1500 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Sportanlage Fronwald, Fronwaldstrasse 115, Zürich, Switzerland
Sat-Sun: Cologne, Germany
Cologne Roller Derby celebrate their 10th anniversary with an impressively international 2-day tournament! Teams from Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Iceland are visiting to help bring in a new decade...
...and this is one of two tournaments this weekend to feature a guest National teams game, as Equipe de France play Team Germany!
- Ragnarök (Iceland)
- Rockcity Rollers (Eindhoven)
- Graveyard Queens (Cologne )
- Les Parpaings (Namur B)
- Splatter Fairies (Marburg)
- Meatgrinders (Bremen)
- Equipe de France versus Team Germany
Event starts: 0930 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Sporthalle Everhardstraße, Everhardstraße 60, Köln, Deutschland
Thurs: Genève, Switzerland
Genève Roller Derby United host an open scrimmage aimed at newly-mins-passed skaters, so they can gain experience. This is intended to be a relaxed experience for all involved.
Event starts: 1800 Thursday
Venue: Chemin du Fort-de-l’écluse 1, 1213, Genève, Switzerland
Sat: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rotterdam Roller Derby hosts a double header of Roller Derby, as their Killer Bees take on Münster and their A team play The World!
- Killer Bees (Rotterdam B) versus Zombie Rollergirlz (Münster)
- Death Row Honeys (Rotterdam A) versus The World (opem subs team)
Event starts: 1300 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Sportcentrum West, Spaanseweg 2, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Sat-Sun: Valence, France
Red Valentine's Revenge host a bootcamp for new skaters - from pre-mins, to less than a year post-mins. This is a two-day bootcamp, ending in a scrimmage on the Sunday afternoon.
Event starts: 0900 Saturday
Venue: Halle Chaban Delmas, Valence, Rhone-Alpes, France
Sat-Sun: Toulouse, France
Roller Derby Toulouse host the first fixtures in the south zone of the Championnat de France Nationale 1, with all 9 teams coming together for 2 days of derby.
- Harpies Braqueuses (Pibrac) versus Bloody Skulls (Marseille)
- Blocka Nostra (Toulouse B) versus Cannibal Marmots (RD 38 / Grenoble)
- ORD (Orcet) versus Bones Breakers (Nîmes)
- Bloody Skulls versus Biches Deluxe (Thonon)
- Cannibal Marmots versus Velvet Owls (Dijon)
- Faux Soyeuses (Lyon United) verus ORD
- Harpies Braqueuses versus Biches Deluxe
- Velvet Owls versus Blocka Nostra
- Faux Soyeuses versus Bones Breakers
Event starts: 0930 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: Gymnase du Château de l'Hers, Chemin de Limayrac, Toulouse, France
Sat: Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona Roller Derby host a double header, for their league, and their B team!
- B-Ingles de Acero (Barcelona B) versus Irmandiñas (Roller Derby Coruña | A Coruña)
- Friendly game (Ingles de Acero Black versus White)
Event starts: 1530 Saturday (doors open)
Venue: CEM Trinitat Vella, Via de Bàrcino 84, Barcelona, Spain
Sat: London, UK
Team Unicorn Roller Derby host a very special bootcamp: to commemorate Kid's retirement from competitive skating after a decade, they're hosting a "Greatest Hits" bootcamp, where she'll pass on her best tips, drills, techniques and more.
This bootcamp is divided into two parts: a rookie/intermediate level bootcamp from 10am, and an intermediate/advanced bootcamp from 1pm.
This bootcamp is Open To All genders, 18+.
Event starts: 1000 Saturday / 1300 Saturday
Venue: City of London Academy, 240 Lynton Rd, London, United Kingdom
Thurs: Aberdeen, Scotland
Event starts: 1900 Thursday
Venue: Beach Leisure Centre, Esplanade, Aberdeen, Scotland
Thurs: Dundee, Scotland
Dundee Roller Derby are also doing stuff on Thursday, as they hold their third "Officials Hang and Chat" informal rules and officiating discussion session. As always, this is over the drink of your choice at the St Andrews Brewing Co.
Topics this month are: Penalty Tracking & Line-up Tracking; plus managing your Officating CV.
Event starts: 1930 Thursday
Venue: St Andrews Brewing Co, Caird Hall, 2-3 Shore Terrace, Dundee, Scotland
Sat: Salford, UK
Manchester Roller Derby hosts a triple-header of MRDA-policy derby, as teams from Scotland and Belgium visit to play their B team.
- Chaos Engine (Manchester MB) versus Les Vikings (Liège M)
- Chaos Engine versus Glasgow Men's Roller Derby B
- Les Vikings versus Glasgow Men's Roller Derby B
Event starts: 1000 Saturday
Venue: University of Salford Sports Centre, University Road, Salford, UK
Fri: Blackpool, UK
Blackpool Roller Derby celebrate their 7th birthday with a quiz night, music and dancing.
Event starts: 1930 Friday
Venue: Brun Working Mens Club, 1 Brun Grove, Blackpool, UK
Sat: Zaragoza, Spain
The Sicarias del Cierzo host two Roller Derby events in one day: an open scrimmage (aimed at rookie mins-passed skaters, for experience) in the late morning, and an evening music/party event from 5pm in the evening.
Event starts: 1100 Saturday / 1700 Saturday
Venue: Pabellón Deportivo Municipal Garrapinillos, Av. Zaragoza 40 / C.S.c Luis Buñel, Plaza de Santo Domingo 15; Zaragoza, Spain
Fri: Bray, Ireland
East Coast Cyclones host their monthly Open Scrimmage, the East Coast Beach Brawl. This is an Open To All genders, mixed ability open scrim (minimum skills required). Referees and NSOs also welcome.
Event starts: 1900 Friday
Venue: St Killian's Sports Complex, Ballywaltrim, Bray, Ireland
Fri: Mar del Plata, Argentina
The MDQueens host a friendly WFTDA-gender policy open-subscription game (sort of like a public open scrimmage) on Friday. Referees and NSOs also welcome to sign up.
Event starts: 2200 Friday
Venue: Club Atlético Mar del Plata, Rivadavia 3358, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Sat: Tampico, Mexico
The Jaibronas host an Officiating Clinc coached by Macha (Nuevo León Roller Derby). This is open to all interested parties, including people who just want to see what it's all about. Free entry.
Event starts: 1000 Saturday
Venue: Unidad Deportiva de Tampico, Campo de Futbol Rapido, Tampico, Mexico