Pirate City Rollers

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Pirate City Rollers
League logo
Metro area Auckland
Country New Zealand
Founded 2006
Teams Dead Wreckoning
Mascara Massacre
Blackheart Bruisers
Broadside Brawlers (Travel)
All Scars (Travel)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Trusts Stadium
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type Incorporated Society
Website piratecityrollers.com

Pirate City Rollers is a roller derby league based in Auckland. Founded in 2006, the league currently consists of three teams, and a mixed team which competes against teams from other leagues.

The Rollers were founded by Black Dahlia, who had previously played roller derby in the United States. They formed in 2006, and claim to be the oldest roller derby league outside North America.[1] In 2007, the Rollers played their first home season,[1] and they bouted against Richter City Roller Derby in 2009, in New Zealand's first bout between leagues from two different cities, winning 174-88 in front of a crowd of 1,200 people.[2]

Pirate City were the only league from New Zealand to field a team at the Great Southern Slam, the Asia-Pacific region's first roller derby tournament, held in June 2010.[3] They easily beat Sydney and Western Australia in the pool matches, and Perth in the quarter final, before succumbing to Victorian in the semi final, and narrowly losing to hosts Adelaide in the third-place play-off.[4]

Seven Pirate City skaters were selected to play for Team New Zealand at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, with the coach and assistant coach also coming from the league.[5]

In October 2011, Pirate City became an apprentice member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association,[6] and it graduated to full membership of the WFTDA in September 2013.[7]

All four of the Pirate City Rollers skaters selected for the 2014 Team New Zealand training squad also made the final 20 selection to play the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, Texas, in December. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The History of Roller Derby & PCR", Pirate City Rollers
  2. ^ Hadyn Green, "Skate Highway One: New Zealand's First Interleague Bout!", Blood and Thunder #15, pp.36-38
  3. ^ Beck Wise, "Preview: Great Southern Slam", Derby News Network, 10 June 2010
  4. ^ Beck Wise, "Tournament Recap: The Great Southern Slam", Derby News Network, 23 June 2010
  5. ^ Roller Derby Team NZ
  6. ^ "WFTDA accepts 14 leagues into apprentice program", WFTDA, 27 October 2011
  7. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 Full Member Leagues". WFTDA. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.rollerderby.org.nz/the-team/