Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby

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Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby
Metro area Wollongong, New South Wales
Country Australia
Founded 2009
Teams Steel City Derby Dolls (A team)
The Vipers
The Vixens
Track type(s) Flat
Venue University of Wollongong Sports HUB
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type Incorporated Not for Profit sports club
Website wird.com.au

Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby (WIRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in New South Wales, Australia. Founded by the referee Sintax in January 2009, it consisted of two home teams, the Vipers and Vixens, plus a mixed travel team. From January 2013 the league pared back to two teams, an A- and B-level travel team known as the Steel City Derby Dolls.

Founded in February 2009,[1] the league played its first bout in November.[2] During the following year, the Steel City Derby Dolls team bouted against the Newcastle Dockyard Dames, Sun State Roller Girls and Sydney Roller Derby League,[1] with the Newcastle bout attracting a capacity crowd of around 1,000 fans.[3] Although the league entered the 2010 National Tournament, the Great Southern Slam, it lost both bouts, playing the day after the entire team got food poisoning.[4]

By 2011, the league had more than forty skaters,[5] and took fourth place in the inaugural NSW Eastern Region Roller Derby Tournament.[1] In 2012, the league again competed in the Great Southern Slam, losing in the first round to the Northern Brisbane Rollers, then in a close-fought bout to the Pirate City Rollers.[6] Wollongong eventually placed last of eighteen competing teams who participated in the Great Southern Slam[7] Wollongong also entered the Eastern Region Roller Derby Tournament in 2012, again placing fourth in the A-grade division which also included Canberra Roller Derby League, Sydney Roller Derby League and Newcastle Roller Derby League [8]

In October 2012, Wollongong was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program.[9]


  1. ^ a b c "About WIRD", WIRD
  2. ^ Matthew Jones, "Maidens get their skates on for some serious sport", Illawarra Mercury, 28 November 2009
  3. ^ Paul McInerey, "Wollongong's roller derby dolls whip it", Illawarra Mercury, 8 March 2010
  4. ^ Beck Wise, "Tournament Recap: The Great Southern Slam", Derby News Network, 23 June 2010
  5. ^ Sam Hall, "Fresh meat' sought for fast-growing roller derby", Illawarra Mercury, 6 August 2011
  6. ^ Beck Wise, "TGSS Day One Recaps", 9 June 2012
  7. ^ Great Southern Slam 2012 Rankings, http://greatsouthernslam.com.au/news/tgss-rankings/
  8. ^ Eastern Region Roller Derby 2012 Rankings, http://rollerderbyau.net/2012/10/02/2012-eastern-region-roller-derby/
  9. ^ "22 Leagues Join WFTDA Apprentice Program", WFTDA, 18 October 2012