It’s time for fresh meat again!

VDL fresh meat posterMen’s derby, women’s derby, and Team Zebra are now recruiting!

Would you like to play roller derby with Varsity Derby League? Or become a referee or non-skating official? Come along to our info night to meet league members and trainers and find out everything you need to know about joining roller derby! Anyone 18+ can join whether you know how to skate or not.

When: Friday 8 August, 7 pm
Where: Digress Cocktail Bar, Akuna St, Civic

You will need to come to the info night to get all the important information about the intake and also to let us know if you need to borrow any skate gear for the first session or two so we can make sure your size is available. You will need your own mouthguard though!

If you already have your own gear or are really keen and want to get some, you will need: quad roller skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and helmet (as well as that mouthguard). Talk to our friends at Eight Track Skate Co (Canberra) or Sydney Derby Skates.

The first three intake sessions are free and will be on Sunday 10, Friday 15 and Sunday 17 August at Woden Basketball Stadium, Irving St, Philip. Full details at the info night.

If you have any questions, first check out our Fresh Meat FAQ, and for any other questions you can leave a comment here or ask on our Facebook or Twitter page, or email

We’re looking forward to seeing lots of new faces!

You can download the poster/flyer if you want to print a copy.

Double header on 26 July!

Hansel and Gretel roller derby bout posterVarsity Derby League is excited to present a double header game day on Saturday 26 July.

Taking inspiration from recent retellings of Hansel and Gretel, first up will be a “co-ed” game where members of the DisHonour Rollers women’s team and Capital Carnage men’s team will form two mixed teams to carve a trail of destruction across the track!

Then the DisHonour Rollers Sophomores will take on the Port Macquarie Breakwall Brawlers in what is sure to be some very competitive roller derby.

The night will also feature fabulous Latin dancers from Kokoloco Dance Studio, and a bake sale – maybe not a huge gingerbread house, but definitely cupcakes.

Date: Saturday 26 July
Time: Doors open at 5 pm, first game at 5.30 pm
Where: Southern Cross Basketball Stadium, Tuggeranong
Cost: $15, kids under 5 are free


Skater Spotlight: Terror-Smackdal

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope. Much worse – it’s Terror-Smackdal, swooping in and clearing you off the track. She’ll be terrorising the the competition at the 5×5 Roller Derby Championship tomorrow, watch out!

How many years have you been skating?

Bladed as a kid, but have been skating with derby for 3 years


Credit – Steven Craddock

How did you get involved in roller derby?

I had seen a few bouts/games (what is the correct term these days?!?!) here in Canberra and always thought how awesome it would be to be able to play full contact sport! But I was a big scaredy cat and feared failure so I just kept it as a dream. I then backed up, moved to Brisbane to live with my sister, who was also interested in derby. A few months later, all innocent and unaware of what I was getting myself into, with fresh meat gear in hand, I attended a BCR Fresh Meat intake and the rest is history!

What is your favourite position?

Upright! Hahah, ahhh probably as a pivot, in position 1 on the track.

What was your best “lightbulb” moment?

Tough question! Derby is all about lightbulb moments. Whether it be a passing comment by a friend suggesting to bend your knees more when trying to hockey stop, or realising just how much of your butt you can use when blocking across a track. I have lightbulb moments quite regularly!

Do you have a pre-bout routine? 

Kind of! I always wear the same bra, singlet and undies to every bout. When gearing up, I go through in my head what I know I can do and what I aim to achieve.I then do a couple laps on my own, get my legs and feet all ready and away we go!

Do you have a favourite song to get amped pre-bout?

Not really, But I can count on a few of my DHRs to get into a random sing-a-long with me when warming up :)

How did you choose your derby name?

By accident! I had a few going through my mind, but I wanted something fun, a play on words! I always liked dinosaurs as kid and I have abnormally long arms (like wings!) so that also helped. My name needed to be something that wasnt cute and fluffy… and then Terror-Smackdal was born!

What skate set-up do you have/Do you have any gear recommendations? 

I currently skate on Crazy DBX-3 skates with Turbo 88s. My only recommendation is make sure it fits and is comfortable. I skated for a year in skates that didnt fit my feet correctly, which ended in lots of severe blisters, sore toes and achy feet. Ask around the league to see if you can try before you buy. It is totally worth it!

What is one piece of advice you would give a freshie?

Dont Give Up! We all start out wobbly and we ALL fall over! Keep training, keep smiling and keep having fun!

Did you play sport before derby?

I sure did. I played Netball since I was 8, Volleyball since I was 15 and Little Athletics since I was 4!

Who are your derby heroes and why?

Ahh Derby Heroes. There are a lot of people who I look up too in the derby world, and VDL is full of people who I admire. We are so lucky to have people like Fang, Sheriff, Jpepps and Slams to name a few who have worked so hard to build VDL into what it is today. Without hard working, dedicated people like them, A lot of us wouldn’t be where we are today. And then you have people like Bubble O’Kill who are just freaks of nature that can pushes themselves and train so hard until she has things perfected. SO good.

Credit - David Mackie

Credit – David Mackie

How would you sum up your derby playing style in three words?