In Skater of the week we get to know the fantastic  sheHARD!! Elected captain of The Broadside Brawlers, She has yet to play with them, having been overseas for a few months after helping to get them up and running, but she is back in just a couple of weeks and ready to skate her heart out!! Here is what motivates her .10689578_10152716563377287_2630822317286949479_n


How did you get into Roller Derby?
It was something I knew about for awhile then about 4 years ago I went to watch a game and the next day I was in fresh meat.

What makes roller derby special to you? 
Roller Derby gives back to you exactly what you put in it. the whole thing top to bottom is run by skaters. So you don’t like how your league is being run, you have a say, you can sit on the board. you might not always get your way but the path is open to you. The same is true with the skating, everybody there wants to help you get better, but if you miss every other training and don’t do any cross training, there’s a high chance your not going to make the A squad.

What opportunities has roller derby provided that you otherwise might not have come across? 
Roller Derby has actually taken me all over the world. In June this year I went to Adelaide to attend The Great Southern Slam as a challenge skater, then in July I went to Las Vegas to attend the Rollercon, the worlds biggest derby convention. I’ve traveled all over England and New Zealand, to watch games, play games take part in boot camps or open scrimmages.

Who inspires you in the Derbyverse? 
The London Roller girls, as a league they decided their aim was to be the best team in the world, they have put everything towards that goal. In the last 5 years they have climbed to number 3 in the WFTDA rankings. The London Roller girls are great examples of the results team work, focus, and dedication can bring.

What is your proudest moment in derby? 
Being made captain of the Pirates newest team, The Broadside Brawlers. Its been really amazing to be a part of something from the beginning and to be given the opportunity to help other skaters achieve their goals.

Mad Kao

This weeks #PCRskateroftheweek is the fantastic and feisty Mad Kao of The Broadside Brawlers! She’s unfortunately been down with an injury this season, but is by no means out of the game, she has been working hard on her recovery and hopes to be back with a vengeance soon! we’ve been missing you Mad Kao!10624720_10152701739787287_7344155682044540498_n

How did you get into roller derby?
Pretty much because the of movie “Whip it”, when it came out in 2009. I was in Wellington but couldn’t join at the time because Upper Hutt is just way too far away and costly to travel from Tawa, instead, I volunteered at all their bouts and watched as many games as i could. When i moved up to Auckland in January 2010, I found out the pirates have an open day on the February so i joined immediately.

What is the meaning behind your name and number?
Kao is my surname. Mad Kao is the nick name I gave myself since my art school days, I am not a naturally enthusiastic person, I give-up and get bored of things fairly easily, so I suppose it’s a way to remind myself to always be passionate, motivated and obsessed with my art and anything I do. 92 is my grand mum’s age when I last visited her, she just celebrated her 97th. I really should go see her like last year! and it’s also my birth date. ha. I could not think of a number so birthday it is.

What is your favourite aspect of derby?
Adrenaline makes me happy!!! Derby Girls are so motivated and inspiring. I like how we push each other to overcome our fears (mine is jump with both feet off the ground) we cheer shout for each other in the training or when we endure the pain and fatigue from running the 27 laps within 5 minutes, and people derby clap for me after I run the whole 2 minutes Jam as a Jammer. I love that it’s a serious team sport, and I don’t want to be a liability for my team, I can only push myself to be a better team player.

What is your secret hobby outside of derby that most people may not know?
I used to do fire dance, pole dance and Tai-chi. Nobody is there to push me and I don’t feel the need to get better so slowly lost interest in them after hitting several snags. However I’m still doing my craft – leather tooling and bag making on the side line, every now and then I run weekend workshop.

What was your proudest derby related moment?
The biggest one is Winning Black Dahlia Cup 2013 with my Home team Dead Wreck. I have had a lot of happy moments tho, every time I managed to knock people out of bound, delayed an opponent’s jammer passing through my pack, helped my jammer break through the wall. Generally I would feel proud when I can apply my training on the track instead of skating like a Canine chasing a Cat.

LEE-thal Weapon

This week’s #PCRskateroftheweek is our wonderful All Scar blocker (and herder of cats) LEE-thal Weapon!10580016_10152691312792287_5961898236543513869_n
How did you get into roller derby? 
A friend from my Dragon Boating team asked if I’d be interested in coming along when our 2012 season finished. I found my old roller hockey skates and we attended Maiden Voyage at Papatoetoe Skating Rink (which has now been pulled down!). 2013 was my first bouting year with my home team Dead Wreckoning and I also made the All Scars travel team that year.

What is the meaning behind your name and number? 
I had it narrowed down to 2 names when another PCR League member (C-3P-Owned) suggested Lethal Weapon. I added an extra ‘e’ to incorporate my surname, which my family loved. ‘P-51 Mustang’ is an American long-range fighter-bomber aircraft, and a ‘Mustang’ is also a classic American Muscle car (and one of my favourites!). As my family are into both airplanes and Ford Mustangs, we decided on P-51.

What is your favourite aspect of derby? 
Anybody of any size, shape, ability and age can play. There are no boundaries when it comes to roller derby. Roller derby also gives you a family of long-time friends.

What is your secret hobby outside of derby that most people may not know? 
My family! We do a lot together like snowboarding, Waka Ama, riding our motorbikes, playing games, swimming, rugby, working on our cars and just generally hanging out and having fun.

What was your proudest derby related moment? 
Getting that ‘nailed it’ smile from another skater (especially freshmeat) when you help them understand a move or skill. Being part of the 2013 winning team for the Black Dahlia Cup (PCR home season) and Derby Royale national team was pretty awesome.

Poppy Kneecaps

This week’s skater of the week is POPPY KNEECAPS!. She is doing a great job skating in her first season with us in our new team “The Broadside Brawlers”. We get to know what motivates her right here!10603352_10152676386832287_7900965768380738060_n

How did you get into derby?
I wanted to skate and learn how to play derby so I joined PCR Freshmeat. I had no expectation that I could develop enough to pass the skills test and to play. But the further into it I got, and the harder it became, the more I wanted to pass and to be able to play bouts.

What is the story behind your name and number? 
My other alter ego is Poppy Porcelain and I wanted to stick with Poppy. I like the humour from adding my number 0UT, I hope that most people when they read it quickly read it as Pop ya kneecaps out. It’s funny though, because when I chose it I had no intention of it being assumed that it was ‘out’ as in ‘gay out’ but if the skate fits then I guess I’d better wear it.

What are your derby goals for the future?
I take it one week at a time. Each week that I keep turning up for training is another week closer to being eligible to play at the next bout. Playing bouts is about the best thing there is. It’s addictive. It’s fun. It’s what keeps me in derby.

What is the greatest thing you take away from derby?
There’s a joke, a saying, “Roller Derby Saved My Soul.” I’m not sure that my soul ever needed saving, but whatever part of me was saved I owe a big chunk of it to Roller Derby.

What is your secret talent/hobby outside of derby?
I love to cook for people that I love, and I especially love to cook with a glass of wine in my hand. If I can do that then it’s about as good as it gets.

Kid Vicious

This week’s Skater of the Week is our wonderful All Stars jammer, Kid Vicious! A sweetheart on and off the track, she’s got the footwork to match her determined attitude and is a huge asset to us. Get to know her a little better here:11325_10152658306862287_4478736202884995862_n


How did you get into roller derby?
I have always been a huge nerdy roller-blading fan and had been planning to invest in a pair of fancy new blades, when my friend Mike (PCR referee Judgement Dey)’s flatmate invited us to come watch a game. Full contact! Skating! and ruffle butt shorts! this looked like fun to me.
One week later Mike and were at our first freshmeat training.

How long have you been playing, and what teams and tournaments have you been in?
I have been playing for just over three years. In 2012 I started as part of the Black Heart Bruisers in the team’s first year out of retirement In 2013 I joined the All Scars while still skating and was privileged to be selected for the Hawaii Squad and to be in the team that won the 2013 Derby Royale (a New Zealand wide tournament). This year I was excited to be part of the All Scar team that played in the 2014 Great Southern Slam in Adelaide and have also been skating with the league’s newest team – The Broadside Brawlers.

What is the greatest thing you have taken away from derby?
Derby has taught me that it is never too late. It reminds me to wave goodbye to excuses like ‘ I wish I was’ or ‘If only I’ and GET OUT THERE DO IT. Having often been held back by my size I love how everyone of all shapes and sizes has a strength in this sport.

What’s your secret talent outside of derby?
I love any kind of dancing possible, and can be found doing anything from Hip hop/dance hall, to Salsa, Adult Ballet or the ‘photocopier dance’ (the one to be done while waiting for photocopies). I also am mad cat crazy for any boardgame other than monopoly.

Who inspires you in the derbyverse, and how?
Smarty Pants from the Texecutioners, and Team USA, is a huge inspiration. I had the privilege to skate in her boot camp classes about 8 months into my derby career, and to this day her thoughtful approach to skating and coaching inspires me.

My team mates are also a huge inspiration. I have learned so much by being able to watch and skate with players like Skate the Muss or by asking them questions. I also love the patience and persistence of skaters like Ruby Red Knuckles, Myrtle Kombat, Sugar Hit and Lady Trample who are always helping me work through my next hurdle, or plan the next big strategy.

Coup D’eTalia

In this weeks Skater of the week, we get to know the AMAZING COUP D’E TALIA!! She is an all round fantastic player who has been with the Pirates for many years, she also works tirelessly behind the scenes to help keep the wheels turning as well as ALWAYS having an encouraging, positive, supporting word to say to everyone,
She also manages to find time to train with the Team NZ training squad!10603387_10152636551317287_7661390779769630632_n


What is the story behind your name and number?
I liked the idea of incorporating my real name into my skate name. My short list got down to Coup d’eTalia and Jenna Talia. It was a pretty hard call, I ended up using my go-to decision making tactic – asking “what would Stephen Fry do?” My number 73 stands for the 1973 Chilean Coup d’etat.

What is your most memorable derby moment to date?
Don’t make me choose! there have been so many! The first time I made it onto the PCR All Scars team and travelling to TGSS. Travelling to Hawaii to play the Hooligans in 2013 (read derby themed holiday with my teamies). The All Scars winning Derby Royale in 2013. Playing with Otter Annihilation at Sur5val. Making the TeamNZ training squad. How long have you got? I’ve got more…

Being a member of the TeamNZ training squad, how do you feel this has impacted your game thus far?
I feel like my game has definitely improved. Just from the sheer amount of extra training I’m doing on and off the track. But also getting to train and play with some of our countries best skaters has been an amazing opportunity that’s really helped me step up.

Who inspires you in the derbyverse and why?
I could rattle of a bunch of amazing international skaters, but to be honest I’m most inspired by skaters I get to play and train with every week. Sugar Hit and Myrtle Kombat are both really inspirational to me. They’re always squeezing the most out of their training time, and I see them constantly apply themselves and constantly improving.

What is your secret talent/hobby outside of derby?
I really enjoy craft stuff: sewing, knitting, crocheting, book binding – but there is a very clear line and scrapbooking is on the other side of it.

Drop the Pom



How did you get into Roller Derby?

I loved skating as a kid and found out that roller derby as featured in Whip It actually existed for reals! So I googled it and joined fresh meat.

What impact has roller derby had on your life?

My fitness is increasing and it’s helped me have the guts to try other stuff too like throwing myself down hills on a mountain bike and snowy hills on a piece of wood. Happiness – how can you fail to be happy when you have wheels strapped to your feet!?

What is your most memorable moment in roller derby thus far?

Playing against @vagineregimeaoteroa in the game we put on for pride. It was my first game and we played against some amazing skaters such as Princess Slayer and Invisigirl. My partner and all my friends were there to cheer us on and it was very special.

Being an inaugural member of the Broadside Brawlers, what is your 
favourite aspect of being a part of this team?

The team is really supportive of each other and we’ve had the chance to travel and play teams around NZ. I love the fun aspect of dressing up and wearing my war paint, grrrr! We go out to play hard and have a ball!

Who in the derbyverse inspires you and how?

Kid Vicious because she’s always so fricken happy and she skates like a boss and is super supportive all the time! And Gonna Make Ya Pei-Pei coz she’s like that chumbawumba song – she gets knocked down but she gets up again and again and again and again – she just keeps going!

Contact Us

Board of Directors – email

  • Erin “Auntie Venom” Burrell
  • Talia “Coup D’e Talia” Hochwimmer
  • Alison “LEEthal” Lee
  • Celia “Crash Test Honey” Langabeer
  • Mars “Manic Street Creature”
  • Head of Coaching and Recruitment: Daphne Hui email
  • Head of Business, Sponsorship and Fundraising: Ruth “Ruthless Doom” Barraclough email
  • Head of Arts and Media: Kirstie “Poppy Kneecaps” Kawana-Waugh and Hannah “Sledge Hannah” Creek email
  • Head of Events: Abbie “SheHard” Jay email
  • Head of Officials (Refs/NSOs): Marlow “Purple Parfait” Woodman Edwards and Neil “Dovenwolf” Fraser email
  • Head of Wellness: Joe “Tin Tin” Gatland
  • Interleague Liaison: Fiona “Machete Confetti” Peat email
  • Secretary: email
    • Kerrie “Zombie Ablockahips” Wootton
    • Suzie “Drop The Pom” Harris
  • Treasury:email
    • Shirley “Rumble Stinson” Stinson
    • Holly “Helen of DesTroy” Brady
    • Georgina “Sailors Curse” Cope


Pirate City Rollers Accepted as WFTDA Apprentice!

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced on October 28, that Pirate City Rollers of Auckland New Zealand, have been accepted as an “Apprentice” affiliate of the WFTDA, the governing body for women’s amateur flat track roller derby.

As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, PCR joins the ranks of more than 100 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide that have united to lead the growing sport of women’s flat track roller derby.