Roller Derby

In 2006, an American skater by the name of Black Dahlia brought her skates with her during her trip in New Zealand and established the Pirate City Rollers, the first roller derby league outside of the Northern Hemisphere.

The Pirate City Rollers has since gone from strength to strength, having competitive “Black Dahlia Cup” home seasons since 2007 and interleague games and tournaments since 2009. Their bout against Richter City Roller Derby was New Zealand’s first game between leagues from two different cities, and they took out the competition with a 174-88 win.

A year later, the Pirates were the only league from New Zealand to field a team at the first ever Great Southern Slam in Adelaide in June 2010, placing a respectable 4th out of 15 leagues. In 2011, ten Pirates were selected as coach, assistant coach, manager and skaters of Team New Zealand for the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup where the team placed 8th out of 13 countries. That same year, the Pirate City Rollers became an apprentice member of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association, the first New Zealand league to do so. They again made history when they graduated to full membership in September 2013.

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