The Fright Before Christmas
It’s been a busy year for Richter City Roller Derby. First, they played their first ever international bout – hosting the Sydney Assassins here in Wellington at the TSB Arena. They also added a third team to their roster, meaning that their intra-league season became a three-way playoff between existing teams Brutal Pageant and Smash Malice and newcomer Comic Slams.
Meanwhile, the league as a whole picked up the award for “Wellington Sports Personality of the Year” at the 2011 Dominion Post Wellington Sportsperson of the Year Awards – beating out both Piri Weepu and Keith Quinn for the title.
Next, Richter City played their largest ever inter-league season. The Richter City Convicts took on both Taranaki Roller Corps (New Plymouth) and Swamp City Roller Rats (Palmerston North) in a round robin playoff, and the Richter City All Stars played successive bouts against Auckland’s Pirate City All Scars, Whangarei’s Northland Nightmares, and Christchurch’s Dead End Derby, before finally heading to Sydney for another bout against the aforementioned Assassins (they lost against Auckland, won against Whangarei and Christchurch, and lost against Sydney).
Now there’s just one Richter City bout left for the year, and it might just be the biggest one yet. The Fright before Christmas is a double header – starting with a bout between the Richter City Convicts and the Hellmilton Roller Ghouls, and finishing with a rematch between the Richter City All Stars and Dead End Derby.
RCRD’s first clash against Dead End Derby ended in victory – with the All Stars picking up 156 points to DED’s 67. The Christchurch team will no doubt be looking to settle the score after suffering such a defeat on their home turf – expect an intense and physical matchup.