Living City Stockholm
Text & Photos: Nina Uddin
Stockholm Roller Derby is expecting some tough
competition from London and Munich this weekend, as they prepare to meet some
of the best European teams at the WET tournament.
Roller Derby’s double-header
this Saturday features the B-team Stockholm BSTRDs going
head to head with Munich Rolling Rebels and
the A-team Stockholm Allstars
meeting London Brawl Saints.
The London Rollergirls A-team is the
number one ranked team in Europe, and the Brawl Saints are their B travel team.
Stockholm’s co-captain Rebecka Bengtsson,
aka Becky Lawless, expects a tough
are going to be tough opponents. Even though the London B-team is outside of
the official WFTDA ranking, they are
one of the best teams in Europe. They get to train every week with and against one
of the best teams in the world, London’s A-team. So that has obviously made
them very strong.
Stockholm Roller Derby’s
main goal this autumn is the WFTDA European Tournament 2014, also known as WET. It will be held in Malmö 14th to 16th of
November. The tournament brings together the top ten European teams, who will
battle it out for the title of the very best team in European Roller Derby.
have been training the whole autumn in preparation for the WET tournament. This
bout against the Brawl Saints is our warm-up for the important tournament and
we are totally pumped ahead of it. Our aim is to play a great match
together – and hopefully we’ll win.
interesting development in Swedish Roller Derby is that an Elite Series has been started this season. The Swedish
Championships will be held for the third time in 2015 and the teams in Sweden
have been wanting to play each other in a series format ahead of the
Championships. The first season has just been kicked off with a match between Dock City Rollers and Västerås Roller Derby on the 18th
tells the Stockholm team is having difficulties booking venues for matches,
especially since Stockholm Roller Derby has three different teams that should all
get the chance to play matches.
are approaching this newly started Elite Series by having a team for the series
that consists of a mix of players from our three teams. The main focus of our
Stockholm Allstars team is getting ahead internationally within the WFTDA.
In the Women’s Flat
Track Derby Association's official international ranking Stockholm is currently ranked number 69 in the world, having climbed
considerably during this year after getting the chance to play some high-ranked
US teams in a Florida tournament in May.
If you want
to read more on the background of Stockholm Roller Derby, check out our earlier
Photos from Stockholm Roller Derby vs. Helsinki Roller Derby in September