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Richter City Roller Derby was established in 2007 by a group of women who decided that Wellington needed a piece of the international roller derby revival.
After nearly two years of hard work recruiting, training and fundraising, Richter City was launched onto the Wellington sports calendar in March 2009 with its first exhibition bout “The Grudgemaker” at the Wellington Basketball Association.
RCRD quickly outgrew its initial venue, shifting to the TSB Bank Arena to complete its first competitive season, as well as hosting New Zealand’s first inter-city roller derby bout “Skate Highway One” in December against Auckland’s Pirate City Rollers.
In total over 4000 tickets were sold for roller derby bouts in Wellington in 2009, and ticket sales have nearly doubled in 2010 with more than 8000 tickets sold in the season alone.
2011 is set to be the leagues biggest year so far; a new team will be introduced to make a three team season with established teams Brutal Pageant and Smash Malice (who have each won a season so far) from April to July. On top of this, the Richter City All Stars will play a home game in Wellington against Sydney in March, will travel to play an away game in Sydney in November, and will spend the second half of next year engaged in a round robin interleague season with the Pirate City Rollers of Auckland and Dead End Derby of Christchurch.
For more information about Richter City as well as an explanation of the rules of the game, check out our promo on YouTube