Copyright: Dawn Rarere
Copyright: Dawn Rarere
Copyright: Dawn Rarere

Auckland’s original roller derby league, the Pirate City Rollers, have convincingly become the #1 league in the country after winning the National Derby Royale final in a much-anticipated match-up against the Auckland Roller Derby League (ARDL).

The Pirate City Roller’s top twenty skaters, the All Scars, took on five leagues from throughout the country during Day 1 and Day 2 of the competition over the long weekend in Palmerston North. It was the first time the All Scars had competed in the tournament since its inception last year.

The All Scars dominated pool play against teams from Christchurch, Hamilton, and Taranaki, before taking on a Kawerau side in the quarter-finals and the tournament’s hosts, Palmerston North, in the semi-final.

Copyright: Rien Croonenborghs
Copyright: Rien Croonenborghs

The All Scars faced another league from Auckland, and the winner’s of last year’s competition, the Auckland Roller Derby League, in a high-intensity bout for the Derby Royale championship title.

The All Scars’ fluid team-work, skilled skating, and competitive drive meant they dominated the game in front of a highly vocal crowd at Arena Manawatu, winning 279-120.

The Pirate City Rollers now close out their 2013 season as the number one ranked league in the country.


Sixteen leagues from Northland through to Dunedin competed at the Derby Royale in  Palmerston North on 26th/27th October.

PCR v Dead End Derby (Christchurch) // 153-21
PCR v Hellmilton Roller Ghouls (Hamilton) // 212-18
PCR v Taranaki Roller Corps (Taranaki) // 302-19
PCR v Kawerau Roller Derby (Kawerau) // 211-17
PCR v Swamp City Roller Rats (Palmerston North) // 134-58
PCR v Auckland Roller Derby League (Auckland) // 279-120


Murielle Baker
Pirate City Rollers’ Media Committee


The Pirate City Rollers was founded in 2006 as one of the first roller derby leagues outside of North America.

The league recently made history as the first New Zealand side to become full members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), the governing body of the sport. Full membership of the Association means the Pirate City Rollers are able to compete against, and be ranked amongst, the best roller leagues internationally.

Seven Pirate City Rollers’ skaters were selected to play for Team New Zealand at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup, with the Coach and Assistant Coach for the team also coming from the league. The same Coach has been selected to train next year’s 2014 Team New Zealand, with try-outs expected to be held in Auckland in December.



10614146_10152629163432287_598774381594486250_nThe Freshmeat course is a 20-week roller derby beginners course that’s held twice-weekly at the Trusts Arena in Henderson. No previous skating skills required! The Freshmeat course is for anyone interested in learning the sport of roller derby or becoming a referee. You must be 18 years of age to join the course.

You will be placed with a group of other new skaters and taught the basics of roller-skating (how to roll, how to come to a stop, how to fall safely, etc) before moving on to the technicalities of the sport (like how to hit someone with your shoulder/hips safely, the rules of the game, etc). Our experienced coaches will teach you everything you need to know about the sport you will grow to love!

NOTE: During your Freshmeat Course, you cannot skate in games or in league practices/scrimmages. Roller derby can be a dangerous sport if it’s not played by confident skaters who know the rules and know how to play the game safely.

To keep up-to-date about when the next Freshmeat course will begin, go to Facebook and “like” our page: here. 


Skaters must complete, and pass, a roller-derby theory and practical skills test to graduate to becoming Full League Member that participates in bouts and scrimmages. Consider it like a try-out to get into the league!

Details about what’s included in the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association) Minimum Skill Requirements test are available here. The WFTDA Written Rules Test is available here. NOTE: Referees must undergo additional rules testing.

Once you’ve passed, that’s when the fun begins! You’ll be able to pick your roller derby name, you’ll be drafted onto a team, and you’ll be one step closer to living out your roller derby dreams!

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.

Become a Ref

Pirate City Rollers’ referee team, The Even Keels, is looking for guys and girls interested in refereeing roller derby to join them.

Just like freshmeat, they’ll teach you to skate, teach you the rules, and then get you confident at yelling at a pack of women! No refereeing experience required – all you need is a keen interest in learning the rules and the ability to blow a whistle.
Sign up to the freshmeat newsletter to find out more, or email our referee team.