Newcastle Roller Derby 2016 Home Season Begins!

Since you’re reading this, there’s a 100% chance that you’re awesome (110% awesome if you come along and bring a friend!)

Newcastle Roller Derby League has been on a bit of a growth spurt, and at 6pm on Saturday March 12 you’ll be able to see us field two teams battling it out for glory and after-party bragging rights!

Come along and watch your favourite skaters duke it out against their own, or maybe discover a new favourite from those who spent all of 2015 honing their skills to be invited onto the track. Who knows, maybe you’ll get the itch and recruit yourself to the league. That’d be pretty awesome for all involved!

Other great reasons to come:
– Some of the best cakes and treats at unbelievable prices (worth the entry fee on it’s own!)
– Maybe you need to buy some new skating gear from one of our sponsors, Roller Derby Heaven?
– You want to hang with the cool kids at the afterparty, held by our wonderful friends and sponsors at The Wickham Park Hotel after the bout.

Tickets are available from www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets or at the door.
Adults (14+) $15, kids (7+) $10, Family (2 adults & 2 kids 7+) $40.

Doors will open at 5:30pm for a 6pm start. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or cushion to sit on if you’re keen for suicide seating! (16+ only).

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. No alcohol is to be brought inside the venue.

Average Joe’s 112 defeat Purple Cobras 106

NRDL Pot Luck Spectacular!

Hooley dooley guys! If that wasn’t the definition of an edge-of-your-seat thriller, then nothing is! It was neck and neck the whole way but in the end The Average Joe’s (in yellow) beat out The Purple Cobras by a mere six points. The crowd was going wild during the last jam! If you missed it, you missed something truly spectacular, I assure you!

MVP’s for the Cobras were Hippy Hardarse (jammer) and ViciousNess (blocker), and for the Average Joe’s, Sasse (jammer) and Mojo Malicious (blocker). Thanks to all the volunteers, officials and refs without whom these games would not happen, and of course huge thanks to the fans who came out to support us!

Keep tuned for how we did collecting books to donate to Befriend A Child in Detention.

You guys are the best, and we hope to see you at our final home game for the year on December 5th!

Ritchies Community Benefits Program!

Did you know that you can now support your favourite roller girls (that’s us!) just by shopping at your local Ritchies Supa IGA? That’s right, we are now part of the amazing Community Benefits Program, which sees thousands of dollars each year donated to schools, charities and sporting groups like us! All you need to do is visit your local Ritchies IGA to pick up your free card or keyring, nominate NRDL as your chosen recipient, and voila! 0.5% of the money you spend will be donated directly to us! So think of us when you’re buying your toilet paper and Tim Tams, we’ll love you for it!

Home Bout Charity – Befriend a Child

Here at Newcastle Roller Derby League, we know we are extremely fortunate to have the support of our local community. It makes a world of difference to us, and that’s why wherever possible, we try to give back to those who need a little helping hand, and those who maybe aren’t so lucky.

At our next home game on September 19th we are inviting our fans to bring along donations of new children’s books, which we will be collecting on behalf of a community project called Befriend a Child in Detention. The project aims to help compassionate Australians make a positive connection with child asylum seekers and their families living in detention. The books give the children opportunity to learn and grow, while also providing welcome distraction from their current living conditions. Donors are also encouraged to write letters to the children, to be placed inside the books with a stamped, self-addressed envelope if open to a reply. Becoming a penpal to a child in detention helps to connect them to the outside world, and assists in developing vital communication skills.

NRDL’s involvement in this project is the work of much loved treasurer and benchie ValFreya, who says she discovered the Befriend a Child project while searching for ways to help child asylum seekers and their families. “There are numerous reports about the long term detrimental effects of detention on children and families, as well as the positive contribution that refugees can make to our community,” she says, “and projects like this are the first step in promoting positive change.

For more information on the Befriend a Child in Detention project, please visit www.befriendachild.com. For any questions regarding donations at our home game on September 19th, please get in touch. Hope to see you track side!

September Bout – Purple vs Yellow!

Sides have been chosen, and battle lines drawn. The stage is set for war of the civil variety as Newcastle Roller Derby League takes on itself in a roller derby battle royale!

So which side are you on, purple or yellow? Make your allegiance clear by getting to the game to cheer yourself silly!

Entries to our latest t-shirt design competition will be on display at the merch stand, and the winner will be announced at half time.

We will also be taking donations of new children’s books on behalf of Befriend a Child in Detention, a community initiative which aims to make positive connections with child asylum seekers living in detention. For more information on this project, please visit www.befriendachild.com

Tickets are available from www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets or at the door.

Adults (14+) $15, kids (7+) $10, Family (2 adults & 2 kids 7+) $40.

Doors will open at 6pm for a 7pm start. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or cushion to sit on if you’re keen for suicide seating! (16+ only).

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

2015 5×5 Finals!

Five months, plenty of blood, sweat and tears from everyone involved and countless hours of preparation have all lead to this moment…. It’s GRAND FINAL TIME!

Next weekend NRDL’s Dockyard Dames will play off for third place against Sydney Roller Derby League team The Snipers in the 5×5 Roller Derby Championship grand final. When these two teams last met in round 3, everyone was on the edge of their seats until the very last jam when NRDL claimed victory by just 3 points!

Without a doubt this is going to be one intense battle for the third place ranking, and if there’s any chance of you getting to Liverpool to witness it, don’t hesitate because you won’t regret it!

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Wallsend Winter Fair 2015

Newcastle Roller Derby League will be taking to the streets this Sunday, 9th of August to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wallsend Winter Fair.

The Fair will be bigger and better than ever, with a parade, stalls and entertainment all day. Keep an eye out for us in the parade in all our purple and yellow glory, come say hi at our information stall, or hi-five one of our rolling representatives!

For more details check our http://www.winterfair.com.au or catch them on Facebook.

Double Header Recap & 5×5

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An amazing time was had by all at last weekends double header event at the Newcastle Showgrounds Exhibition Centre. As always, thanks so much to everyone who made it happen, and everyone who braved the cold to come along and support us! In the end, evil triumphed over good with the Master Villains defeating the Super Heroes 184 to 84. MVP’s for this bought were Sasse #49 for the Villains and Booga #16 for the Heroes.

Our main event saw Port Macquarie Roller Derby League take the win over Central Coast Roller Derby United team The Saffires, 302 to 143. MVP’s were Battle Smurf #101 from CCRDU and Polly WannaCrackHer #131 from PMRDL. Well done ladies!

5×5 Roller Derby Championship

This weekend we are jumping head first into even more crazy derby action with round 5 of the 5×5 Roller Derby Championship, held on the Central Coast. Newcastle meets Varsity Derby League from Canberra, and there are guaranteed to be fireworks as the competition reaches its final stages. And ours is just one of four incredible games on offer! You’d be mad to miss it!

Thanks to Credit to Kerry Cameron Photographer for the awesome team photo!

July 2015 Double Header!

Roller derby roars back into Newcastle with another epic double header event!

First up, it’s Super Heroes vs. Master Villains as two teams of Newcastle skaters and their friends take to the track. Will the Heroes foil the Villains dastardly plans? There’s only one way to find out!

Then, once the track is nice and warm, Port Macquarie Roller Derby League is taking on the mighty Central Coast Roller Derby United – NSW Australia! Both teams have been going from strength to strength this year – who will enjoy victory? And who will make the journey home with defeat hanging over them?

Make sure you are track side so you don’t miss a minute of the action!

Tickets are available from http://www.newcastlerollerderby.org.au/tickets/ or at the door.
Adults (14+) $15, kids (7+) $10, Family (2 adults & 2 kids 7+) $40.

Doors will open at 5pm for a 6pm start. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or cushion to sit on if you’re keen for suicide seating! (16+ only).

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.