Come and skate with the Pirates!

scrimm posterCalling all scrimmage-ready derby skaters!

The Pirate City Rollers are hosting an Open Scrimmage fundraiser on on Sunday November 9th. All of your favourite skaters will be there, and this is your chance to play with them (or against them!) in a fun, friendly practice of the sport we all know and love!

If you’re a skills-tested skater and are 18+, we’d love for you to come and join us at our training grounds at the Trusts Arena in Henderson.

And YES – men, the scrimmage is co-ed!

 Pirate City Rollers’ Open Scrimmage
When: November 9th, 12pm – 2pm.
Where: Trusts Arena in Henderson.
Cost: $5 to play, gold coin donation to watch
Essentials: You must be 18+ and a skills-tested skater. Bring a black and white shirt.

Register here

New Fresh Meat Course

Had a taste of roller-skating at our recent Open Day, and now you can’t wait to begin learning roller derby?

Good news! Our 20-week Fresh Meat Course has just started and it’s not too late to join in.

Our coaches will teach you everything you need to know to become a roller derby player – the skating techniques, the hits, the rules, and how to be safe.

We have roller skating gear available to hire before you commit to your own gear . All you need to bring are some comfortable clothes to skate in (you’ll get sweaty, we promise!), a water bottle, and a fun attitude!

If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to referee (here’s to looking at you, partners!), our Fresh Meat Course will teach you the skills to skate and the rules to learn .

It’s just $10 for entry and gear hire on the first day before the full course fees are announced (the fees are calculated once we know how many new skaters to cater for).

This course is open to anyone 18+. It’s our last Fresh Meat Course for 2014, so don’t miss out!

Get a taste of derby here, with our most recent promo video!

  • WHAT: Pirate City Rollers’ Fresh Meat Course
  • WHERE and WHEN:
  • COST: $10 for entry + skate hire (or $5 if you have your own skates and gear). Full course costs TBC.

For more information you can contact us.

Sugar Hit


10414919_10152487831747287_1764897005738102292_nI’m part of the Whip It generation that used Google to find my closest roller derby league, which turned out to be the Pirate City Rollers. I turned up to freshmeat, tried on some skates, and spent most of the time clinging tightly to the rink’s barrier so I wouldn’t fall down. I refused to let the squeaky wheeled shoes defeat me and I signed up for more then and there.

What leagues and teams have you played for? How long have you been playing roller derby?

Two leagues mainly – the Pirates and Richter City Roller Derby in Wellington. My then-coach with the Pirates refused to graduate me from the freshmeat course, and the thought of doing it again while my friends moved on broke my heart. Then I got a job in Wellington early 2012 and joined Richter City as a new skater. But because I was fresh, and had come in after the home-team draw, I didn’t play my first game until late September 2012. I worked myself hard and skated as often as I could to get better, and by the end of the year they gave me the award for most improved skater. I owe Richter City so much for supporting me, growing me, and being a fantastic league to skate with. Then came a job promotion and the move back to Auckland just before 2013. I transferred to the Pirates and tried out for the All Scars and made it, which was awesome and exciting and terrifying. I’ve been with the Pirates since, but without fail, every time I see Professor Scrape from Richter City I’m asked when I’m moving back to Wellington.

Recently you attended TGSS, had you been to this tournament previously?

2014 was my first time at TGSS! And what a shocker – in our first game I got blocked into my team-mate’s shoulder and spent several jams off with a blood nose, and when I finally got back on the track a wheel came loose! But I have never had more fun. TGSS is so professionally put together, and every skater, official, and fan there is friendly and helpful and funny.

What did you expect of the tournament and what did you learn from it?

I was most excited about finally seeing VRDL play live instead of on a computer screen. The TGSS final between them and Sun State was what dreams are made of. So much skating ability! Very excite, much feels.
Just watching the Aussies play taught me so much about how to improve my game, things I learnt that I’m going to be working on in the coming months. I was so impressed with a Pirate freshmeat skater, Mars, making the trip over to TGSS. She will have come back with so much more knowledge and understanding, even if she didn’t skate.

What does participation of these tournaments mean for NZ leagues and NZ roller derby in your opinion?

I would love for every derby league in New Zealand to make TGSS 2016 one of their goals. Isolation is New Zealand derby’s biggest obstacle, so the exposure to new teams, and different styles of refereeing and game play, is just great. It’s the little things you pick up from attending a tournament like TGSS, that you don’t necessarily see or hear while watching a game online, that makes all the difference.

Mind the Yap

10421511_10152535863162287_6081541384398455695_nHow did you get into roller derby?
I got into roller derby through Gonna make ya Pei-Pei while she was working at Auckland Hospital. She put up some game posters and I thought it looked awesome and wanted to try it! Luckily there was a freshmeat course starting the following week and I’ve never looked back

What did you expect getting into roller derby? And what was the most surprising thing you came to learn about derby?
I expected it to be hard and rough and it has met my expectations! It’s a lot of fun though and you never notice the bruises until the day after. The most surprising thing was that all those amazingly good, intimidating skaters are actually really nice and will help you any time you need!

What’s the greatest challenge you have had to overcome so far?
My greatest challenge so far has been my first game against Mount Militia. I was so nervous! I was terrified I wouldn’t be any good but it was the most fun I’ve ever had and I’m so proud of our team

What is it about roller derby that keeps you coming back?
The adrenaline rush!

What would your advice be for future freshmeat?
Practice makes perfect! Don’t give up, that ridiculously difficult T stop will soon come naturally! Freshmeat is only the begining of all the fun to be had

Terror Satana

10394470_10152455292782287_8225308753639075917_nHow long have you been involved with Roller Derby?
I have been involved with PCR and Roller Derby since 2006, so almost 8 years.

What does Roller Derby mean to you?
Roller Derby means a lot to me hence being involved for so long haha!
It is a way of life now really. You just make it work and fit in with regular day to day life. It has been awesome to be a part of such rad sport and watch it evolve in NZ. I think even when I’m old and decrepit I’ll still be involved some way or another.

This is the third time you’ve attended TGSS, what do you expect from the competition?
It will be tough and challenging I’m sure. Oz is filled with amazing, talented athletes and are not to be underestimated.
TGSS is such an awesome experience and I’m super stoked to be attending again

Is there anything you would like to say on behalf of the team?
The All Scars have been training extremely hard.
We love TGSS and know how talented the skaters we will playing against are. We will not be underestimating any teams we are up against.
The team can’t wait to have an absolute blast! These tournaments are always amazing learning experiences and we get to meet really amazing people.

Rick O’Shay


10481748_10152522001102287_3486193436909038620_nTell us about how you first got involved with Roller Derby?

I’m afraid it’s not a terribly exciting story to tell. In fact, it’s quite the cliché. I was living in Dunedin at the time and a couple of friends of mine found out about a freshmeat course that was about to begin with Dunedin Derby. (And yes I had recently seen Whip It). Long story short, they left the sport soon after joining but my inability to not see things through to the end meant I stayed. I had to conquer this challenge of freshmeat. Over time I became more and more passionate/addicted/obsessed about derby. And well, here I am today, with the awesome Pirates!

How has it been transferring from DD – Dunedin Derby to Pirate City Rollers?

If you have ever been involved in the sport of roller derby, you will know that a derby league is more than just a bunch of skaters. Leagues function as families, and these families exists across NZ and the world. Leaving Dunedin, and therefore leaving my first league was a bizarre experience. I was leaving what had become my derby family to sign up with a new family. Odd right? No? Maybe just me. Anyway, to further my anxieties of transferring leagues, I was attempting to transfer to the one of the TOP leagues in NZ. Those who know me, know that I am somewhat of a ridiculous individual, so what were the big scary pirates going to say when this ridiculous individual turned up to one of their trainings? To be honest, I almost didn’t go into the arena to attend my first training, except for the fact that Ruby snapped me sitting in my car. So there was no backing out at that point (unless I wanted to be forever branded as ‘that creep’ from Dunedin Derby). So I attended the required trainings over the coming weeks and was voted in as a skater. I was ready to train hard, play hard and warm the bench whenever needed, and I was going do a real good job of warming that bench too. So imagine my shock when I was named as an All Scar for the 2014 season! Only a month or two in and it already felt like I had been with the Pirates for years, I was a pirate! I love this league and I encourage anyone who is looking to partake in roller derby in Auckland, to come give us a visit.

What has been your most exciting Roller Derby memory thus far?

AHHH no, my answer is going to be a total cop-out. Apologies in advance cause I don’t have a specific memory that ranks as the ‘most exciting’. Derby is made up of so many exciting moments! I guess the greatest moments in derby are when you walk away from a game, or a training knowing that you have achieved. Whether you played a great game, your team worked really well together, or simply that you learned or improved a skill; nothing beats that thrill and satisfaction… Oh no wait! I got one! Being named an All Scar and my very first All Scar game being against my former team, DDs ‘Gallow Lasses’. One of the BEST games of derby I have ever played!

What is your favourite move and why?

I don’t really have a favourite move as such. But in lieu of a favourite move, I’ll say anytime you see someone do anything, or help a teammate to do anything to stop the other jammer getting points and get their own jammer points is pretty much a win. Another win move? Not faceplanting or embarrassing myself is a general win. This one time, at TGSS, I got a chair caught on my wheel and partially dragged it on the track with me….twice. Shame on my face.

Any words to people who are thinking about trying Roller Derby?

The incredible thing about roller derby is that it is an entry level sport. Anyone of any age, fitness, gender, experience, ANYONE can pick up this sport. It has a great support network and is just generally an amazing community to be a part of. In saying that, be prepared to turn up with a ton of determination, dedication and drive. This is the fastest growing female sport and it is fiercely competitive. You will train the hardest you have ever trained, you will surprise yourself, and you will become addicted.

Shro Ding Her


How long have you been involved with Roller Derby?

I’ve been skating for two years now. I watched my first game in May of 2012 and joined Freshmeat the next week! Last year was my first bouting year as part of Dead Wreckoning.

What does Roller Derby mean to you?

Roller Derby is my second home. It’s a physical challenge I’ve never faced before- nor never dreamed I would! It’s belonging to a sisterhood, a community, world wide. It’s the strategy of chess and the physicality of rugby.

This is the first game as a new team, whats the team most excited about?

We’re pretty excited about playing as a team for the first time. We’ve been practising our lines and strategies, working on knowing each other on the track. Our Parrot is pretty awesome too!

Gonna Make Ya Pei-Pei


How did you get into Roller Derby?

I got into Roller derby in a round about way, I was doing a burlesque class and met a lady who was fresh meat at the time, she was so enthusiastic about it and after seeing a game, I could see why! It was so cool and exciting to watch, I wanted to be a part of it too, so I went to an open day back in August of 2011, signed up then and there, and haven’t looked back since

Describe what Roller Derby means to you.

Roller Derby means so many things to me, Its the only time in my life I have enjoyed sport! and physical exercise, sometimes I don’t recognise myself! But it came along at a time when I really needed something positive to focus on because I was recovering from a really shit time in my life, and even though learning to play derby was difficult and challenging for me, it gave me something to believe in, and as clichéd as it might seem, it kind of saved me and I’m very grateful for that.

What is your favourite Roller Derby Memory thus far?

My favourite memory has got to be winning the most improved player award for my team Mascara Massacre for the 2013 season! I’m so proud of that award and I seriously NEVER thought that I would be the one to win it!

This is your first bout against an outsider team (non home season), what are you most excited about?

Its really exciting to play people not in your league, because I feel like its a great way to kind of see where your at with your skills, will all that stuff you do in training actually kick in on the track etc, also, It’s the first game where I will be taking a turn at jamming, which is exciting, but mostly terrifying for me lol

Any words for the opposing team Dangerous Curves?

My only words for Dangerous Curves are that I’m so excited to be meeting them on the track, I’m aiming to have a great time on Saturday and I hope you are too, I’m also aiming to leave you with some bruisey souvenirs