“Hi! I’m Leaf and I’ve played as a jammer since 2019. I’m excluding a few years that I missed inbetween, but I’ve now returned and am back in the team! I adore the fun of derby and how it engages your entire body. A previous partner of mine in HRD got me into derby, which I am very thankful for. When it comes to playing, agility is definitely my strong suit. So far, my favourite memory is my first game, where I was so nervous, yet so excited! I just slammed some glitter onto my face and gave it my best. A fun and not so secret fact about me is that I indeed love glitter. “
“I’ve played derby since February 2017. I play as a blocker and mainly as a brace, but I’ve done some offence playing too! I’m good at communicating and reading the game. What I love about roller derby is its intensity and how fun it is! I also love its people and the anti-discriminatory values. I never believed I would enjoy team sports until I found derby!”
“I have always been very skeptical about sports, especially team and contact sports. Naturally, of all possible sports, I decided to try roller derby last autumn, and I was sold on it right away. I’m fascinated by every aspect of derby: people are wonderful, the community is accepting and supportive, and playing is so much fun! It’s also cool that derby seems really rough from the outside point of view. At the moment, I want to learn to play in all positions, but perhaps sometime later I’ll specialize in something specific. Although I don’t have so many memories of derby yet, the most fun thing so far has been to play my first scrimmage outside of our own league in Porvoo!”
Are you passionate about sports and an inspiring person? Can you bring people together, make them work together and succeed together? Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for new coaches. We are hoping to get 1–3 coaches, who could share the responsibilities and tasks of coaching. The sharing is done by coaches themselves.
The tasks of coaching consist of being present in team’s practices and occasionally planning and running the practices together with the coaching group. We hope that the members of the coaching group have an enthusiastic attitude towards learning new things, skill of working together and ability to inspire. Obviously, basic knowledge of roller derby is also desired!
The coaching should be interested in getting to know also the international governing body of roller derby, WTFDA, and its rankings, and be able to plan the team’s future games with that in mind.
DRRD has currently one competitive team which represents the league. At the moment the team does not play in the SM series but participating in it is possible in the future. Formerly we have aimed to play WTFDA-sanctioned games also abroad.
The players of the team are on different skill and experience levels, so it is important that the coaching is able to coach players both as a team but also as an individual.
“I started the beginners’ course in January 2014 with Kuopio Roller Derby and my primary aim was to learn how to skate. Quite soon I fell in love with the sport, but also realized that the best about derby are the people. I’ve played mainly as a blocker or pivot, but occasionally also jammed. Nowadays I’m most comfortable as a blocker. I’ve had many good memories playing derby, but maybe one of the most special one was playing in Sweden’s Championship games in 2019 with Uppsala Roller Derby I hope to make several new memories with my current team! “
Would you like to try a new hobby in a safe and supporting environment? Dirty River Roller Derby’s beginner practices are here and you can sign up now!
What: Beginners practices start on Thursday 2nd of March from 6.30pm to 8pm Schedule: Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4pm Where: Ilpoisten palloiluhalli, Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku What do you need: Your own gear (we have also a limited amount of gear to lend out) Cost: 70 € which includes a membership fee for 2023.
“I have been playing mainly as a jammer. My strengths lie in my endurance and fast feet. I’ve been playing roller derby for eight or nine years (minus corona-years). I got into derby because l had heard it was fun (and it was!). I love that it’s a sport where you sweat and meet many wonderful people.”
I have played Roller Derby since 2012. During the years I’ve had two children, so I haven’t skated the entire time. I got into derby after watching the movie Whip it. I fell in love with the sport immediately. I like how physical, fast-paced and social Roller Derby is. The practices and games are always great fun. The best thing about this sport are the people ❤️. I like to play both as a jammer and a blocker. I can’t decide which I like better.
Fun fact: I entertain myself with all kinds of trivia. For example I can remember all Finnish Presidents and their respective terms of office.
What: Roller derby open skate! When: Monday 13th of February from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm and Thursday 16th of February from 6.30 pm to 8 pm Where: Ilpoisten palloiluhalli, Lauklähteenkatu 15, Turku Price: It’s free! Sign-up form: https://forms.gle/mhjunkP2tsTL2sh37
Dirty River Roller Derby is looking for new skaters, referees and non-skating officials. This event is free of charge and open for everyone. You must be at least 16 to attend. You’ll get to try the skates and other gear, and you don’t need to know how to skate or have any background in sports to attend. Everyone is welcome! Wear comfy sports clothes and bring a water bottle with you.
Our next beginners’ practices starts later in the beginning of March! Questions? You can reach our beginners’ department at firstname.lastname@example.org – we speak English!