Auld Reekie Roller Girls

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Auld Reekie Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Edinburgh
Country Scotland
Founded 2008
Teams Auld Reekie All Stars (A team)
Auld Reekie All Star Reserves (B team)
All Star Rookies
Cherry Bombers
Leithal Weapons
The Skatefast Club
Track type(s) Flat
Affiliations WFTDA, UKRDA
Org. type Non-profit

Auld Reekie Roller Girls (ARRG) is a women’s flat track roller derby league based in Edinburgh, Scotland. Founded in 2008,[1] ARRG was the first Scottish Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) member.[2] The league aims to create teams with the ability to compete locally and internationally at the highest levels.[3]

ARRG play by the rules of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association, 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]


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 games and tournaments, both 'closed' (for development purposes) and 'open' public games. ARRG hosted their first ever public game, 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,[8] and to Philadelphia, USA, to compete in the East Coast Derby Extravaganza in June 2013. More recently, in May 2016, ARRG travelled to Eugene, Oregon to take part in the 2016 The Big O tournament, hosted by Emerald City Roller Girls. ARRG played teams including Windy City Rollers, Sac City Rollers and Santa Cruz Derby Girls.

Currently home bouts are played at the Meadowbank Stadium, which has capacity for up to 400 spectators.[9] The sport of roller derby is still growing in Scotland, as women over 18 are flocking to the 'Fresh Meat Sundays' beginner sessions.[7][10]

Current members of ARRG were selected to represent Team Scotland[11] at both the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, in Toronto, and the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, Texas.


The Auld Reekie Roller Girls All Stars

Travel Teams[edit]

  • All Stars (formerly Twisted Thistles)
  • All Star Reserves (formerly Cannon Belles)
  • All Star Rookies

Home Teams[edit]

Intra-league teams were previously selected on a game-by-game basis under the names The Highland Heathens and Celtic Chaos. In 2012, three permanent home teams were formed and the annual Home Season tournament was launched.

  • The Cherry Bombers
  • The Skatefast Club (2014 winners)
  • The Leithal Weapons (2012, 2013, 2015 winners)

WFTDA competition[edit]

Ranked at 57th overall in June 2016, Auld Reekie qualified for WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs in 2016 (their first time qualifying), but declined their spot citing the inability to get a full complement of skaters available for the Playoffs and electing to sit it out.[12]


Season Final ranking[13] Playoffs Championship
2011 NR[14] DNQ DNQ
2012 35 E[15] DNQ DNQ
2013 94 WFTDA[16] DNQ DNQ
2014 64 WFTDA[17] DNQ DNQ
2015 65 WFTDA[18] DNQ DNQ
2016 60 WFTDA[19] DNP D2[12] DNQ

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.

All Stars (formerly The Twisted Thistles)[edit]

Breakdown of results
Total Won Lost Drawn
44 21 22 1

All Star Reserves (formerly The Cannon Belles)[edit]

Breakdown of results
Total Won Lost
18 1 6


  1. ^ Hickson, Siân (2009-09-10). "Edinburgh: Roller Derby". The List. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "UKRDA timeline" (PDF). Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "ARRG mission statement". Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 7 New Members". Retrieved 2 November 2011. 
  5. ^ "Girls all set for derby day". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "Auld Reekie Roller Girls' Fishnet Burns Night - Edinburgh Guide". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  7. ^ a b Booth, Samantha (28 July 2009). "Time to get your skates on as Roller Derby hits Scotland". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ McCracken, Edd (2009-10-25). "Rollergirls just want to have fun". The Herald. Retrieved 26 December 2009. 
  9. ^ "Auld Reekie girls are ready to roll with the punches". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Untitled Page". Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  11. ^ "Team Scotland Roster". Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa (15 July 2016). "2016 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding". Derby Central. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  14. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  15. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  17. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2017.