HELSINKI ROLLER DERBY
Finland's first roller derby league. Since 2009.
SKATER OF THE MONTH: SARA EKHOLM # 604

SKATER OF THE MONTH: SARA EKHOLM # 604

This month’s skater is Sara Ekholm, our half-Canadian power pack! Her derby career began when her current team mate Iiris Suominen took her to a MAY DAY – Scrimmage four years ago. Sara is an original HRD skater and has a sports-filled background of mostly short track speed skating and...
HRD travels to WET!

HRD travels to WET!

Helsinki Roller Derby has the honor of being part of WET 2014 tournament, held at Malmö, Sweden, at Baltiska Hallen, which a very familiar and dear venue to HRD’s history. Long time has passed since the first Scandinavian tournament Battle of the Nordic Lights, also hosted by CCR, which was HRD’s first...
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Two New Head-NSOs Elected -to Inspire and Instruct

Two New Head-NSOs Elected -to Inspire and Instruct

There’s no better way of learning derby than playing derby, and the best practice to a real game is to make the scrimmage situation as similar to a bout as possible: key factors in this effort are the proper officials. Poor officiating in the practices will lead to frustrating and futile penalties and lack of...
HRD C-cassette took its historical first win in Best Hits -tournament's bronze game!

HRD C-cassette took its historical first win in Best Hits -tournament’s bronze game!

Some great derby history was made last Sunday, the 8th of September, during the Best Hits Rookie Tournament held at Pasila Sports hall! The teams competing were Tampere Roller Derby’s b-team The Howlin’ Rolls, Lahti Roller Derby’s b-team Lihamukiloijat, Helsinki Roller Derby’s c-team The C-cassette and all the way from Seinäjoki we got see Seinäjoki Roller...
Turtles and Bees Kick-started the New Season in Stockholm

Turtles and Bees Kick-started the New Season in Stockholm

Solnahallen bathed in sun and children played in the park on a beautiful Saturday in Stockholm, when both Bees and Turtles met their old rivals in games that surely showed their sunny attitude, but were no child’s play for anyone  – not even for the dedicated Stockholm fans, that filled the venue with their diligent...
Time to party: HRD is 5 years old!!!

Time to party: HRD is 5 years old!!!

  Helsinki Roller Derby was founded 5 years ago and that’s enough reason to celebrate, eh?  Since 2009 we’ve had the pleasure of practicing roller derby in this country, and it’s only the beginning. We may have been the first derby league in Finland, but now there are over 20 leagues in this small country!...
HRD is looking for new skaters and officials!

HRD is looking for new skaters and officials!

Helsinki Roller Derby is hosting Open Skate event on 22nd of August 7:30-10PM at Pasila Sports Hall. 7:30 PM we will kick off by trying out loan gear and skating and also by going through what reffing and NSOing (non skating officiating) means in roller derby. 9-10PM HRD skaters will scrimmage and there’s a possibility...

Garden State vs HRD: Hot and heavy!

The last game of the season for the Turtles was against Garden State from New Jersey. It took place in Branch Brook Park Roller Skating Center in Newark, New Jersey. The skating center was a roller skating rink you usually see in the movies, with a discoball in the centre of the rink. Branch Brook...

Helsinki Roller Derby All Stars vs. Blue Ridge Rollergirls

HRD’s second, highly anticipated game in this years ECDX was against Blue Ridge Rollergirls. Blue Ridge – currently ranked at the place 41 in the WFTDA-rankings was to be the toughest opponent HRD were to face during their US-tournament. The narrow loss against Charlottesville earlier in the ECDX and a victory against Brandywine few days...
SKATER OF THE MONTH: #17 MIRKA VIROLAINEN

SKATER OF THE MONTH: #17 MIRKA VIROLAINEN

  June’s Skater of the Month is the Queen B’s very own kick-ass jammer Mirka Virolainen! Mirka’s interest in roller derby was initially stirred by a  magazine article and by a nailbiter Finland versus Sweden game she witnessed. Eventually, she was lured into joining HRD’s freshmeat training period by her friend in autumn 2011. However, after...

21.6.2014 ECDX: Charlottesville vs HRD

EXDX at last! East Coast Derby Extravaganza is a weekend long roller derby tournament in Philadelphia hosted by Philly Roller Girls. We have been planning on participating in it for a long time and it has been the goal around which HRD’s A-team’s spring training has revolved. Finally we were there! On Friday the Turtles...

18.06.2014 Brandywine roller girls vs. Helsinki Roller Derby All Stars Ninja Turtles closed door bout at Caln skating center

Before our Brandywine game we had the luxury of taking a few days off after a very hot and hard fought battle against Long Island. In order to get to Brandywine we took off in our caravan of cars and made our way from Brooklyn, through Jersey and past Philly in the scolding heat. All...
Taking Home Long Island

Taking Home Long Island

It’s Sunday morning, and there’s 20 people in a tiny kitchen making porridge and waiting for the coffee to be ready. It’s already warm outside, and squirrels are running up and down the trees in our backyard in Brooklyn. It’s time for our first sanctioned game in the USA, and we’re eager to play. By...
"Sata salamaa iskee tulta"

“Sata salamaa iskee tulta”

We left our Brooklyn home sweating since it seemed to be a very warm and sunny day. Right after we came to the venue the clouds changed from bright light blue to all shades of grey and black and started moving towards us super fast. The clouds of doom and Friday the 13th didn’t seem...