Richter City Roller Derby

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Richter City Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Wellington
Country New Zealand
Founded 2007
Teams All Stars (A team)
Convicts (B team)
Brutal Pageant
Comic Slams
Smash Malice
Track type(s) Flat
Venue TSB Bank Arena
Affiliations WFTDA

Richter City Roller Derby is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Wellington, New Zealand.

Founded in 2007, the league currently consists of three intraleague teams, and two interleague teams. The league's colours are orange and purple.


Richter City gained early publicity by performing demonstrations at the 2008 Dance Your Socks Off! Festival.[1] Their first bout in March 2009 sold out the basketball hall used as the venue.

In late 2009, the league held its first season of intraleague competition,[2] which saw crowds averaging 950 people.[3] In mid-season the league moved its bouts to TSB Bank Arena as spectator crowds were exceeding the capacity of the previous venue, a basketball hall.[4]

In 2011 the league won the Air New Zealand Personality of the Year Award at the Wellington Sports Awards, beating Lower Hutt boxing identity Billy Graham, All Black Piri Weepu, and veteran sports broadcaster Keith Quinn in the popular vote.[5][6]

In July 2012, Richter City was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Programme.[7]

Intraleague Competition[edit]

Roller Derby Team New Zealand member Tuff Bikkies (Meryn McAulay), jamming for Smash Malice in the 2011 Richter City intraleague final.

In 2009 and 2010 two teams contested the intraleague competition; Brutal Pageant (pink & red/beauty pageant theme) and Smash Malice (leopard print/trailer trash theme).

By mid-2010, a bout attracted a crowd of more than 3,500 people.[4]

In 2011 the intraleague competition was expanded to include a third team; Comic Slams (blue & silver/super hero and Comic Sans font theme).[8] Comic Slams made the season final, but were beaten by Smash Malice in the title bout.[9]

Domestic Interleague Competition[edit]

Richter City has two interleague teams. The A Team are called the All Stars and the B team are called the Convicts.

In late 2009, Richter City hosted New Zealand's first intercity bout, against Pirate City Rollers' All Scars, losing 88-174 in front of a crowd of 1,200 people.[3]

In December 2010, the All Stars faced the All Scars again, this time in Auckland, with the Pirate City team victorious again.[10]

In 2011, both of Richter City's interleague teams faced multiple opponents:

All Stars[edit]

Date Event Nickname Venue Opposition League Opposition Team Result
20 August Capital Punishment YMCA, Auckland City Pirate City Rollers, Auckland All Scars Loss
15 October N/A Kensington Stadium, Whangarei Northland Nightmares, Whangarei Hell's Wives Win
12 November N/A Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch Dead End Derby, Christchurch All Stars Win 156-67
3 December The Fright Before Christmas TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Dead End Derby, Christchurch All Stars Win



Date Event Nickname Venue Opposition League Opposition Team Result
3 September Grazed Anatomy Arena 3, Palmerston North Taranaki Roller Corp, New Plymouth Rumble Bees Loss
3 September Grazed Anatomy Arena 3, Palmerston North Swamp City Roller Rats, Palmerston North Swamp Rats Loss
3 December The Fright Before Christmas TSB Bank Arena, Wellington Hellmilton Roller Ghouls, Hamilton Raggedy Angst Win


International Competition[edit]

In June 2010 several Richter City skaters attended the Great Southern Slam, the Asia-Pacific region's first roller derby tournament, skating as guests of Western Australia Roller Derby.[13] The league itself did not compete.

Richter City (in purple) take on the Sydney Roller Derby League in March 2011

In March 2011 Richter City hosted New Zealand's first international roller derby bout, pitting the All Stars against the Sydney Roller Derby League's Assassins.[10][14] The All Stars lost the bout 164-128.[15]

In November 2011 the Richter City All Stars traveled to Sydney for the away leg of their home and away tie against the Sydney Assassins. Again the Assassins proved too strong.[8]

In October 2011, Richter City skater Merryn "Tuff Bikkies" McAulay and former Richter City skater Michelle "Perky Nah Nah" Jackson were selected to play for Roller Derby Team New Zealand at the inaugural Roller Derby World Cup, played in Toronto in December 2011.[16][17] The New Zealand team placed 8th out of 13 teams.


  1. ^ "Get your skates on and boogie at the disco", Wellington City Council, 1 September 2008
  2. ^ "Richter City Roller Derby: Skate of Emergency", Undertheradar
  3. ^ a b Hadyn Green, "Skate Highway One: New Zealand's First Interleague Bout!", Blood and Thunder #15, pp.36-38
  4. ^ a b Stacey Wood, "Whipping their sport into shape", The Dominion Post
  5. ^ Dominion Post, "Repeat victory fr Herbert, Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  6. ^ Wellington Sports Awards, "2011 WINNERS", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  7. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 35 Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA, 16 July 2012
  8. ^ a b c d Word on the Street, "The Fright Before Christmas", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  9. ^ The Dominion Post, [ "Smash Malice win roller derby final"], Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  10. ^ a b Word on the Street, "Taking it Trans-Tasman", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  11. ^ Under the Radar, "Capital Punishment: Pirate City Rollers vs Richter City Roller Derby", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  12. ^ Manawatu Standard, "Swamp Rats ready to roll at Arena 3", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  13. ^ Beck Wise, "Preview: Great Southern Slam Archived 16 November 2010 at the Wayback Machine.", Derby News Network, 10 June 2010
  14. ^ The Wellingtonian, "Roller derby goes international", Retrieved 11 December 2011.
  15. ^ The Wellingtonan, "Sydney team takes out roller derby bout", Retrieved 11 December 2011.]
  16. ^ Roller Derby Team NZ
  17. ^, "Roller derby skaters get serious for worlds", Retrieved 11 December 2011.