Auld Reekie Roller Girls

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Auld Reekie Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Edinburgh
Country Scotland
Founded 2008
Teams Twisted Thistles (All Stars)
Cannon Belles (B Team)
Cherry Bombers
Leithal Weapons
The Skatefast Club
Track type(s) Flat
Affiliations WFTDA, UKRDA
Org. type Non-profit
Website http://www.arrg.co.uk

The Auld Reekie Roller Girls (ARRG) are an all female flat track roller derby league based in Edinburgh, Scotland. The team was formed in April 2008.[1] ARRG were the first roller derby league in Edinburgh and are the third league in Scotland.[2] ARRG is skater owned and run, with the aim of promoting inclusivity for any woman over the age of 18 regardless of size, shape or skating ability.[3] ARRG play by the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), and were officially accepted as an Apprentice League on 5 October 2010. The league graduated as full members of the WFTDA on 1 September 2011.[4]

History[edit]

The pre-WFTDA "Stinky fist" Logo

Formed in April 2008 the Auld Reekie Roller Girls were Edinburgh's first women's flat track roller derby league, and take their name after the city of Edinburgh, affectionately known as 'Auld Reekie' ('Old Smoky' in the Scots language). Within 2 months of forming there was local media interest.[5]

ARRG organise and skate in numerous bouts and tournaments, both 'closed' (for development purposes) and 'open' public bouts. ARRG hosted their first ever public bout, entitled "Fishnet Burns Night", at Meadowbank Sports Centre on the 24 January 2009 [6] just 10 months after their formation, and competed in the London Rollergirls hosted European tournament "Roll Britannia" in 2009, placing 4th [7]

ARRG have an international standing, having travelled to Berlin to take part in the first European Organisational Roller Derby Conference in November 2012, [2] and to Philadelphia, USA, to compete in the East Coast Derby Extravaganza in June 2013.

Currently home bouts are played at the Meadowbank Stadium, which has capacity for up to 400 spectators.[8] The sport of roller derby is still growing in Scotland, as women over 18 are flocking to the 'Fresh Meat Sundays' beginner sessions.[7][9]

Seven current members of ARRG were selected to represent Team Scotland at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, in Toronto.[10]

Teams[edit]

The Twisted Thistles

The Auld Reekie Roller Girls league structure includes:

  • The Twisted Thistles, the league's All Star travel team
  • The Cannon Belles, the All Star Reserves
  • Three home teams, The Cherry Bombers, The Skatefast Club and The Leithal Weapons who compete in an annual Home Season tournament.
  • Intra-league teams were previously selected on a bout-by-bout basis. The team names were The Highland Heathens and Celtic Chaos. With the introduction of Home Teams this 'ad-hoc' selection is no longer necessary, and the team names have been unofficially retired.

Results of Public Bouts[edit]

In addition to the public bouts shown below, the team has also undertaken a series of 'closed' (or private) bouts, details of which have not been included.

NB: Green highlighted rows indicate a win, whilst red highlighting indicates a loss.

The Twisted Thistles[edit]


Date Event Result Opponents Notes
19 April 2009 I Scream Sunday 142 - 132 Central City Rollergirls
23 May 2009 Derby Mayhem 175 - 124 Central City Rollergirls
20 June 2009 Fear and Lothian 117 - 117 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames A rare draw, now impossible in WFTDA Roller Derby
18–19 July 2009 Roll Britannia 94 - 74 Central City Rollergirls Early rounds of Europe's first Roller Derby Tournament
127 - 45 Royal Rebellion Rollers
109 - 123 Birmingham Blitz Derby Dames Semi-final of Europe's first Roller Derby Tournament
70 - 120 Glasgow Roller Girls 3rd place play-off of Europe's first Roller Derby Tournament
26 September 2009 Hassle at the Castle 64 - 110 Glasgow Roller Girls
14 February 2010 Jailhouse Block 96 - 93 Leeds Roller Dolls
11 April 2010 Hadrian's Brawl 147 - 20 Lincolnshire Bombers Roller Girls
22–23 May 2010 Highland Fling 224 - 6 Dundee Destroyers Scotland's first Roller Derby tournament
95 - 98 Glasgow Roller Girls Final of Scotland's first Roller Derby tournament
19 June 2010 Get Kilt 92 - 68 Stuttgart Valley Roller Girlz Away match in Stuttgart
26 June 2010 Central Belter 88 - 84 Glasgow Roller Girls
7 August 2010 The Prisoner of AzkaSLAM 93 - 117 London Rockin Rollers
16 October 2010 Stop! Jammertime 73 - 59 Central City Rollergirls
20 November 2010 Blockenspiel 108 - 109 Berlin Bombshells
15–16 January 2011 Tattoo Freeze 63 - 117 London Rockin Rollers Tournament held at the "Tattoo Freeze" convention, Telford
102 - 75 Central City Rollergirls
66 - 135 London Brawl Saints
16 April 2011 Gore-onation St 109 - 92 Rainy City Roller Girls
11 June 2011 47 - 195 London Brawl Saints
20 August 2011 94 - 95 Stuttgart Valley Roller Girlz Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
3 September 2011 Need for Greed 110 - 149 London Rockin Rollers
22 October 2011 The Monsters Brawl 88 - 120 Leeds Roller Dolls
13 January 2012 UKRDA Tournament 61 - 78 London Rockin Rollers Part of the Tattoo Freeze convention
14 January 2012 UKRDA Tournament 74 - 79 Glasgow Roller Derby Part of the Tattoo Freeze convention
20 January 2012 100 - 60 Dolly Rockit Rollers
10 March 2012 131 - 167 Central City Rollergirls
5 May 2012 COWABUNGArrg! 202 - 103 Helsinki Roller Derby
19 May 2012 103 - 221 Suffra Jets
18 - 667 London Brawling WFTDA closed bout
16 June 2012 70 - 176 Bear City Roller Derby
4 August 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Bout 147 - 184 Tiger Bay Brawlers
25 August 2012 Chaos on the Clyde 89 - 130 Leeds Roller Dolls
26 August 2012 Chaos on the Clyde 224 - 39 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls
26 August 2012 Chaos on the Clyde 173 - 92 London Rockin' Rollers
22 September 2012 246 - 12 Sheffield Steel Rollergirls
16 November 2012 Track Queens - Battle Royal 180 - 142 Central City Rollergirls 1st European WFTDA-Tournament in Berlin
17 November 2012 Track Queens - Battle Royal 28 - 475 London Roller Girls 1st European WFTDA-Tournament in Berlin
18 November 2012 Track Queens - Battle Royal 139 - 149 Stockholm Roller Derby 1st European WFTDA-Tournament in Berlin - 4th Place for ARRG
27 April 2013 Anarchy In The UK 148 - 99 Bear City Roller Derby's Berlin Bombshells
28 April 2013 Anarchy In The UK 149 - 187 London Roller Girls' Brawl Saints
29 June 2013 ECDX 207 - 137 Ithaca League of Women Rollers East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Philadelphia, USA
30 June 2013 ECDX 262 - 129 Dominion Roller Derby East Coast Derby Extravaganza in Philadelphia, USA
10 August 2013 Die ARRG 194 - 104 Stockholm Roller Derby Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

The Cannon Belles[edit]

Date Event Team Result Opponents Notes
26 September 2009 Hassle at the Castle ARRG Cannon Belles 66 - 97 GRG Maiden Grrders B-team mini expo bout
11 April 2010 Hadrian's Brawl ARRG Cannon Belles 76 - 69 Newcastle Roller Girls/
Middlesbrough Milk Rollers
22–23 May 2010 Highland Fling ARRG Cannon Belles 3 - 198 GRG Irn Bruisers
ARRG Cannon Belles 98 - 20 GRG Maiden Grrrders
ARRG Cannon Belles 63 - 66 Granite City Northern Fights
26 June 2010 Central Belter ARRG Cannon Belles 66 - 116 GRG Maiden Grrders
4 September 2010 Jurassic Skate Park ARRG Cannon Belles 187 - 46 Perth Fair City Rollers
26 February 2011 Crashablanca ARRG Cannon Belles 158 - 22 Wakey Wheeled Cats
2 April 2011 Space Quaddity ARRG Cannon Belles 106 - 46 Granite City Roller Girls
9 July 2011 Star Spangled Jammer ARRG Cannon Belles 115 - 63 Liverpool Roller Birds
6 August 2011 ARRG Cannon Belles 126 - 86 GRG Maiden Grrders Part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
3 September 2011 Need for Greed ARRG Cannon Belles 126 - 124 LRR Rising Stars
22 October 2011 The Monsters Brawl ARRG Cannon Belles 71 - 114 LRD Whip Its
25 March 2012 Cell Block Tango ARRG Cannon Belles 324 - 65 Fair City Fear Maidens
26 May 2012 ARRG Cannon Belles 216 - 150 Kent Roller Girls
18 August 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Bout ARRG Cannon Belles 153 - 199 Dublin Roller Girls
18 May 2013 ARRG Cannon Belles 114 - 112 Vienna Roller Girls
24 August 2013 Die ARRG - With a Vengeance ARRG Twisted Thistles 322 - 69 Helsinki Roller Derby Queen B's Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe
28 September 2013 ARRG Cannon Belles 308 - 128 Middlesbrough Milk Rollers
30 November 2013 ARRG Cannon Belles 142 - 210 Amsterdam Roller Dames

Intraleague Teams[edit]

2012 Intraleague Table[edit]

Team Played Won Lost For Against
Leithal Weapons 2 2 0 388 287
Skatefast Club 2 1 1 302 364
Cherry Bombers 2 0 2 326 365

2013 Intraleague Table[edit]

Team Played Won Lost For Against
Leithal Weapons 3 3 0 713 322
Skatefast Club 3 1 2 573 394
Cherry Bombers 2 0 2 129 642

Home Team Results[edit]

Date Event Team Result Opponents Notes
21 January 2012 Season 2 Bout 1 Leithal Weapons 179 - 171 Cherry Bombers
25 February 2012 Season 2 Bout 2 Skatefast Club 116 - 209 Leithal Weapons
7 April 2012 Season 1 Bout 3 Cherry Bombers 155 - 186 Skatefast Club
28 April 2012 Season 1 Final Leithal Weapons 159 - 126 Skatefast Club
Date Event Team Result Opponents Notes
19 January 2013 Season 2 Bout 1 Leithal Weapons 391 - 57 Cherry Bombers
16 February 2013 Season 2 Bout 2 Cherry Bombers 72 - 251 Skatefast Club
9 March 2013 Season 2 Bout 3 Skatefast Club 144 - 168 Leithal Weapons
28 April 2013 Season 2 Final Leithal Weapons 154 - 121 Skatefast Club
Date Event Team Result Opponents Notes
1 February 2014 Season 3 Bout 1 Leithal Weapons 216 - 100 Cherry Bombers
15 February 2014 Season 3 Bout 2 Leithal Weapons 189 - 190 Skatefast Club
8 March 2014 Season 3 Bout 3 Skatefast Club - Cherry Bombers
6 April 2014 Season 3 Final

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