They say a good impression is all about a first impression, which if you’re meeting someone from an online dating site can be very true!
The first date is not only crucial in securing a second date, but depending on what you choose to do can give you a very cool edge to your potential partner.
Just a quick note to say my latest short story explores the wonderful subculture of the Canberra Roller Derby League, and questions how prominent some of the competitors might be…at times hidden beneath their masks and nicknames.
She – A Canberra Capital Yarn
A reminder too that I’m continuing to seek crowd-funding to publish a book [...]
CRDL’s Third double header - Saturday, 20th September
The CRDL home season is rolling on with unstoppable force, with the third double-header of the season, and the last before the final, set to take place on the 20th of September. This home season is continuing to prove that in derby, anything can happen, with last season’s standings completely [...]
On Friday 8 August, Varsity Derby League will be holding an information night for its August “fresh meat” intake. VDL is a gender-inclusive league and we have a men’s team and mixed team as well as our women’s teams. We also welcome people of any gender who want to become a referee or non-skating official. [...]
[ 3 May 2014 at 5:00 pm; ]
Varsity Derby League’s Sophomores will be going up against Wagga Derby Dolls’ Murderous Crows on Saturday 3 May!
The bout will also introduce Capital Carnage, our men’s roller derby team, in a special five-on-five short game before the main game.
Doors open at 5 pm at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.
Tickets are $10 at the door, and children under [...]
[ 25 April 2014 to 26 April 2014. ]
Canberra Roller Derby League presents Skate of the ANZAC: a two-day, three-tier skate extravaganza. Whether you want to catch a few heats on Friday 25 April for the mere cost of a gold coin donation, or show up for the thrilling finals on Saturday evening, 26 April, this tournament will have your Anzac entertainment covered.
Varsity Derby League vs BMRDL. Photo: David Mackie
The first roller derby bout for 2014 in Canberra is on! Varsity Derby League‘s DisHonour Rollers will take on the Blue Mountains Roller Derby League’s Free Sisters this Saturday.
There will be some skaters having their debut bout for VDL – come see how the hard work put [...]
[ 23 November 2013 at 5:00 pm; ]
Varsity Derby League’s DisHonour Rollers clash on the track with WA Roller Derby’s Wards of the Skate this Saturday 23 November at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong. Doors open 5 pm.
This event will celebrate 50 years of our favourite time traveller with the theme Blocktor Who: Time and Rollertive Dimensions in Skate! Fans are encouraged to [...]
[ 30 November 2013; ]
The Moulin Bruise: 100 years of Can-baret; A Roller Derby Double Header Sporting Event featuring Canberra Roller Derby Leagues’ Black n Blue Belles, Brindabelters, Red Bellied Black Hearts and Surly Griffins.
Like the Moulin Rouge itself, Canberra is a city of intrigue, where glittering facades belie a seething underbelly of politics, creativity and raw sensual power. [...]
[ 2 November 2013 at 5:00 pm; ] ‘
Bout 6: Red Bellied Black Hearts vs Surly Griffins
THIS Saturday November 2nd!
Canberra Roller Derby League are starting November off right by having their second-last event of the 2013 season, an epic bout between the Surly Griffins and the Red Bellied Black Hearts.
The Surly Griffins have been laying out hits and biff on the flat track [...]
[ 26 October 2013; ]
There will be plenty of fast skating, big hits and knockout roller derby action when Varsity Derby League’s all-star team, the DisHonour Rollers, take to the track this Saturday 26 October for their third roller derby home bout for 2013. They will be playing against the (Sydney) South Side Derby Dolls’ The Force at Southern [...]
[ 12 October 2013 at 5:30 pm; ]
The VCRs are taking on two teams in one night!
The VCR B squad, aka the VCBs are taking on Northern Brisbane Rollers Raw Stars while the VCRs are taking on Paradise City Roller Derby.
Wear your purple and green and get behind your ACT representative skaters!
Doors open at 5:30
VCBS V Raw Stars starting at 6:30
VCRs V [...]
[ 21 September 2013; ]
CRDL will celebrate its 5th birthday with their next home season in what has become the most anticipated match of the year, the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles and the Brindabelters will be going head to head looking to steamroll their way into the final. Both teams are undefeated this season and both are looking incredibly [...]
Varsity Derby League is having another ‘fresh meat’ intake. Women and men (over 18) are welcome to come along and start training with VDL to be either players or referees. No previous skating experience is required, we’ll teach you! The sessions are:
Sunday 18 August, 6 pm – 8 pm
Tuesday 20 August, 7.30 pm – 10 [...]
[ 24 August 2013 at 5:00 pm; ] The Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2013 season continues with the fourth bout on August 24th. Clashing on the track for the first time since the 2012 grand final will be last year’s champions, the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles and the always fierce Red Bellied Black Hearts. Previous bouts have seen these teams alternate in defeating [...]
[ 3 August 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
The Varsity Derby League DisHonour Rollers will take to the track on Saturday 3 August for their second roller derby home bout against the Wagga Derby Dolls’ Murderous Crows at Southern Cross Stadium, Tuggeranong.
The DisHonour Rollers won their July 13 bout against the Misfit Militia – can they win again against the Murderous Crows, eager [...]
[ 27 July 2013 6:00 pm to 28 July 2013 12:00 am. ] Canberra Roller Derby League are fundraising to get our VCR Squad to Queensland to face off against the Brisbane City Rollers and Sun State Roller Girls! And what better way than to dance!
Join members of CRDL and DJ Raven in the Atlas Room -Hellenic in the City from 6pm-7:30pm for a Kids Dance Party, followed [...]
[ 13 July 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
There’s hot roller derby action in Canberra on Saturday 13 July when Varsity Derby League’s DisHonour Rollers take on the Misfit Militia at Southern Cross Stadium Tuggeranong!
VDL’s all-star team will clash with a squad of skaters from the South West Sydney Rockets, Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby, Coastal Knockouts and Port Macquarie Roller Derby in [...]
[ 22 June 2013 at 6:00 pm; ]
This season’s third bout will see the Brindabelters and the Surly Griffins smash it out! Will the Griffins take revenge after getting the wooden spoon while the Belters took 3rd place at the finals last year? Come down and see all the action
Event details: Brindableters Vs Surly Griffins
Date: Saturday 22nd June 2013
Time: Doors open 5pm, [...]
[ 8 June 2013 to 9 June 2013. ]
The Canberra Roller Derby League has the exciting news that teams from around Australia are converging on Canberra for a Centenary bout!
As Canberra celebrates its centenary year, SKATE-TURION is about to hit the Nation’s Capital during the June long weekend. To celebrate the centenary Canberra Roller Derby League (CRDL), in conjunction with Scope Mount [...]
Varsity Derby League, a Canberra flat-track roller derby league, is looking for “fresh meat” this month. And…we now train men to be players, not just refs!
So if you’re a guy and you want to have a whack at smashing dudes on the track, we’ll train you up to be a derby superstar! Our next fresh [...]
Poptop has been down the Roller Derby and sent in this report:
Hi there Riot Overlords
Here are my pics from last night’s Roller Derby bout between the Surly Griffins and the Black ‘n’ Blue Belles.
Being incredibly vague on the rules, I will not even attempt to describe the play other than to advise the Black [...]
[ 4 May 2013; ] After an explosive and tense season opener that came down to one final jam and two points, Canberra Roller Derby League’s 2013 season has the makings to be the most exciting yet. This upcoming bout promises all that excitement and more. Veteran spectators will recognise the two teams playing, as they are CRDL’s two original teams the Surly Griffins [...]
[ 17 November 2012 at 3:00 pm; ]
They live among us disguised as mums, scientists, students, hairdressers and public servants. They appear to be normal loving wives and girlfriends, daughters and sisters. And yet, the females of the species have undergone a creeping transformation. They have discovered a lust for speed; they have grown larger and stronger; they have become giants of [...]
[ 10 November 2012 at 5:00 pm; ] The ever growing sport of Roller Derby returns this week with Varsity Derby League putting on their 2nd bout of the year. The bout will see the Cheerbleeders take on the PHDemons as the Bleeders try to defend their hold on the winners trophy. Don your red and gold for the Bleeders or your purple and black [...]
In their inexorable rise to being the One True Sport of Canberra the Canberra Roller Derby League has facebooked their new bus buyout.
Colour me impressed.
[ 12 May 2012 at 5:00 pm; ]
The Canberra Roller Derby League is giving notice that this weekend sees the foundation teams go head to head at Southern Cross Stadium.
Tickets from their oztix page.
[ 5 May 2012 at 5:00 pm; ]
The Canberra Roller Derby League brings word that Canberra’s rep derby team, the Vice City Rollers, are going to be taking on Newcastle’s Dockyard Dames at the AIS Arena in what is sure to be good show.
Care to dance? Some say roller derby is like a dance…a competitive, powerful and at times brutal dance. [...]
Fleetwood Mac were blaring, a painted line marked out a skating area in Garema Place, roller soccer was being perpetrated, Andrew Barr was talking to a camera, yep it must be the launch of Roller Skate In The City.
Canberra CBD have put out a media release with all the details.
Tickets are now on sale for [...]
[ 5 January 2012 to 6 February 2012. ] Canberra CBD Ltd announced an open air roller skating rink will be opened in Garema Place in the new year.
The rink will be open From 5 January, to 6 February in 2012.
The rink will feature roller discos, retro movie nights, and the seemingly obligatory roller derby.
The rink will be similar to the ice skating rink [...]
First posted in June we somehow at the time missed local ska stalwarts Los Capitanes in drag with roller derby girls doing a Missy Higgins cover.
The punk band doing a pop cover might be a cliche, but it’s become so because it’s awesome.
The Canberra Roller Derby League has proclaimed the Red Bellied Black Hearts 2011 season champions after their grand final win over the Black ‘N’ Blue Belles.
A close game 138-134