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Post playoffs blues

Our All-Stars came back from their playoffs tournament from Madison. They played four tough games, winning two of them and losing two, placing 6th in their group: the same seeding they came to the tournament with. (Check the game scores here!) Now it is their time to rest and focus on their off-season activities. The tournament in Madison was their number one goal this year, for which they worked vigorously, …Read More

STAR OF THE MONTH: ONLY #1

New year, new gear! What used to be known as the “Skater of the Month” is now the “Star of the Month” because not all the stars are players. In this series we will also be presenting referees, officials and volunteers for their valuable work in our league. The first one to feature in our brand new series is the one and only… well, Only! Only represents the oldies but …Read More

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 tennis which she definitely uses to her fullest on the track. At the moment she plays as a blocker for …Read More

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 the FT -period, Mirka had a six-month dry season with almost no derby at all. …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: SUPER MARIA #1up

This time’s player of the month is a sparkle of energy in form of Super Maria! She began her derby career in spring of 2012 in P-town Brawlers in Porvoo. Background in figure skating and an interesting article of roller derby inspired her to go and try skating in open skate with her friend. Soon Maria discovered that her training had transformed from leisure to more target oriented. First chance …Read More

Skater of the Month: Ani #5060

This time skater of the month is our dear apostle of love Ani! She got her first touch of derby through her husband, HRD’s well known and dedicated supporter Johannes. He showed her some roller derby bouts in Youtube and soon the whole family found itself cheering for Team Finland in Finland vs. Sweden game. Right from the first jam start whistle Ani knew that roller derby would be her …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: WITTY VEGA #257

Wohoo the skater of March is our own tough teacher Witty Vega! She got into roller derby when she was in student exchange in Sweden. She started skating for the Umeå Radical Rollers and moved to HRD when she came back to Finland. She got quite fast to All-Star Ninja Turtles and plays sometimes with Queen B’s and HRD’s home team Saturday Fight Fever too. She plays both as a …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: RAIVO #12

This HRD’s All-Star Ninja Turtles player was awarded as a most valuable blocker in Finnish National Cup Finals. She loves to do burpees and is always having fun on the track. She is known of her jokes and eager nature. Her derby name can be translated into rage or fury. She is Raivo! This woman is rehearsing with the Team Finland training squad at the moment, too. Outside the track …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: LINDA #96

When you see this woman, skate as fast as you can! She is known as a hard hitting blocker but is seen with a star in her head every once in a while. Linda, previously known as Lizz Troublegum, started skating in the very first freshmeat course of HRD in 2010. The world of roller derby was introduced to her by a friend, and thank her for that! Linda is …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: #156 MIRKKULI

If stars and huge jumps suddenly pop up in your mind, most likely Mirkkuli #156, has just passed you. This woman is just too fast to catch with an eye. Mirkkuli has been speeding around the derby tracks for about year and half now, after being introduced by an article she read about roller derby. Fast shifting situations, physicality combined with brains and teamplay are the things that appeal to …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: BLOCKING MOLLY #39

Blocking Molly charms her team mates by her calmness. Her derby name is an insightful combination of great band and own play position. This woman plays for both of Helsinki Roller Derby’s travel teams: Queen B’s and All-star Ninja Turtles. Her best derby moment was when HRD played against Stockholm Roller Derby in the Jamma Mia!  -bout. Molly was in both A- and B-team rosters. Before Blocking Molly was into …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH: #88mph DEADBEAT DEBBIE

  The Skater of Month is our dear Deadbeat Debbie. According to her play number #88mph she is heading to the future. Speed refers to Back to the Future movie’s famous time machine. Debbie’s  derby name is about the rhyme. Deadbeat fits well to derby and Debbie rhymes with it. The high point of Debbie’s derby career was at the Track Queen’s Battle Royal Cup in Berlin. HRD played against …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH, FEBRUARY: TIINA KIMARI #94

November’s Skater is a wonderful gal called Tiina Kimari! Kimari has skated for Helsinki Roller Derby for the whole 3,5 years and is part of the HRD All-Star Ninja Turtles team. Tiina’s home team is Angry Nerds (but she has played for all of them!) and she’s also a celebrated member of Team Finland. Kimari first learned about roller derby from a friend of hers. Kimari says she loves the …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH, JANUARY: TIGRE FORCE #142

The animal side of Helsinki Roller Derby is presented by the all mighty Tigre Force, who’s number #142 refers to the magic bus of the movie Into the Wild. This tiger-loving founding member of Helsinki Roller Derby is a true cosmopolite, who brings always the freshest strategies as a souvenir from her trips. Tigre has also been spotted as a coach, both Finland and abroad. Roller derby is a lifestyle …Read More

SKATER OF THE MONTH APRIL: NINA #2.8

Flippi, Loiri, ninaerwes… HRD’s player for April has many names. Flippin’ Lori Meyers was born from a wordplay based on the songs of Millencolin and Nofx, two of Nina’s favourite bands. Her number 2.8 is also a tribute to her love of music. Twopointeight, of course. Nina is the player who lives with cats Turska and Rommi, tells the best bad jokes, is into photography, snowboards, and collects stickers and …Read More