Pirate Profile: Selkie Smooth

WELCOME to the first in a new line of updates here on the Pirate City Rollers website. Every fortnight, we’ll be releasing a profile of one of our wonderful Pirates so that you, our adoring public, can get to know us a little better.  

Without further ado, our first skater (chosen at random) is Selkie Smooth, a mythical creature who works in a starship. Don’t believe me? Then read on…


Derby name: Selkie Smooth

Muggle name: Jo Hegarty/Moon depending on what I’m doing

Derby number: 29

Role: Pool skater and apprentice Brawler :-)

No. years involved in derby: 1.5 years



What’s your roller derby backstory?

I had skates as a kid, then bought a new pair of skates when I was 17 years old, just for fun.  I really wanted a pair with rainbows on them like my first pair, but when I went to Skate Attack in London (UK) they only had these really ugly looking boots that they said were for roller derby and one elegant looking (Moxi style) pair that I bought…. There was no roller derby in any of the cities I lived in before I came to Auckland!  I came along and watched a PCR bout and I knew immediately I wanted to be a Pirate – black clothes, skulls, attitude and freedom to be who I am – I had found my people.

How did you come to choose your derby name and number?

One of my friends gave me my name, after my Selkie tattoo.  A selkie is a creature (perhaps mythical, perhaps not) from the West coast of Ireland and Scotland that is part seal, part human.  When they take off their sealskin they take on human form.  My selkie represents the two sides to me –  the conventional work life in human form and the free spirit that I am when I don my true form…….

29, because it’s a prime number and the other prime numbers I liked with double digits were taken.

How do you spend your time outside of roller derby?

What life outside roller derby?

What do you do in real life?

I’m a Neonatologist (Paediatrician who looks after sick newborn babies in Neonatal Intensive Care) in Starship Hospital.

What keeps you coming back every week?

Freedom to be me.  Sassy attitude of my derby family. Fun on skates. A desire to improve (I will conquer transitions yet!). It’s SO addictive.  A physical contact sport for women, what’s not to love?

Any advice to people thinking of starting roller derby?

Just do it.  Come along to a bout, say hello to someone, tell us you’re interested!  

Don’t be afraid that you can’t skate – each and every skater you see on the track, no matter how awesome had to learn from the beginning too.

What’s your current skate set-up (boots, plate, stoppers, wheels, cushions, skate lace colour – all the dirty details!

I’m still in my freshmeat skates… but just about to upgrade to a pair of Bont.


We hope you enjoyed meeting Selkie half as much as we enjoy skating with her. Comment, like and share this post to show your appreciation – we’d love to hear from you!

All(Scar)-American Heroes: Division 2 Playoffs

SAT AM: The crowd went wild here in Auckland as our illustrious All Scars represented Pirate City Rollers in their first battle of the weekend, taking on Boston Roller Derby at the Division 2 Playoffs in Pittsburgh, USA. Pirate supporters hunkered down for early morning viewing parties to enjoy what turned out to be an epic battle between equals. After two furious halves, and some knife-edge jams, the final score was an agonisingly close 194­­–184 in Boston’s favour. It was an incredible performance from the All Scars, and a trailblazing achievement as the first New Zealand team to ever participate in the WFTDA Divisional Playoffs.  

In their own words, “It was an intense game with multiple lead changes and we are all stoked with how we represented our team, league, and country”. HECK YEAH!

Back here in Auckland, a piratical hoard of extremely proud fans wait excitedly for the team’s second game against Bear City Roller Derby tomorrow (Sunday, NZ time).

For more info, and a hot-off-the-track interview with our AS, check out the Facebook page HERE!

A late post but a post nonetheless

Over a weekend ago (28th July is you want to be precise), the Pirate’s very own All Scars team went on a little pilgrimage to Whakatane for a friendly WFTDA strength factor game. This would be the last game for the All Scars before they head of to the US and A for Division 2 Playoffs (Pittsburgh). .

Thank you to the Whakatane Roller Derby League for hosting the event. We would also like to thank all the volunteers, NSOs, referees and audience members who came along to this event. Special shout out to our own Purple Parfait for being an NSO ninja.


If you are still reading this article, you have the patience of a saint. I have just one last message for you all and that is follow our Facebook page! You’ll see all our pirating antics (not the illegal kind), updates about events and we sometimes give away or sell our wares and treasures online. It’s worth a peek :)Two 30mins halves, a short half-time and some timeouts in between, the final score was 97 points to WRDL and 235 points to our All Scars. But don’t let the score fool you, those points weren’t easy. Have you ever tried to push a WRDL wall? Neither. It made me nervous just watching.

It wasn’t all work and no play for our Pirates though. Between the driving, bantering, snoozing and wailing to every great song ever recorded, we managed a couple of video recordings for our social media and givealittle followers. One involved a rainbow bikini and another with a couple of litres of milk. No idea what I’m on about? Cruise on over to our Facebook page and have a look for yourself or check out our givealittle page.

We have more hilarious antics to come but only if we reach our fundraising goals. I heard laughter is a great way to develop core so donating is probably easier and cheaper than that gym membership.

All Scars to the K-Town Shakedown and The Big O

Pirate City Roller’s All Scars are competing in back to back WFTDA tournaments: The K-Town Shakedown in Kalamazoo, Michigan and The Big O in Eugene, Oregon.

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The K-Town Shakedown is a WFTDA Recognized tournament welcoming WFTDA Division 1-3 A and B teams as well as MRDA leagues from the US, Canada, Sweden, and New Zealand. The Big O Tournament is one of the biggest annual WFTDA events hosting Women’s, Men’s, and Junior roller derby teams from both the U.S. and around the world.

While the All Scars travel abroad each year to work on their international ranking, this is the first time they’ve been accepted into two back-to-back tournaments.

You can keep up to date with the Pirate City Rollers on Facebook and by following the event pages for the K-Town Shakedown and The Big O.

Freshmeat Open Day this weekend!

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Keen to start a new sport this year? Watched Whip It and felt inspired to become a Roller Derby queen? Now’s your chance to get involved!

Pirate City Rollers are starting their first Freshmeat course of 2017 with an Open Day on Sunday February 12th. During the course you’ll be taught the basics of roller skating and the game of roller derby. You’ll also become part of a great community of strong and athletic people from all walks of life.

NO previous experience required!

Suitable for those keen to play, referee, or who’re just interested in finding out more about Roller Derby. Gear will be available to hire, but you’ve got to bring your drink bottles. Make sure to wear clothes that you’re
comfortable to do sport in. Derby Depot will be there selling everything you need to play roller derby, with full pad sets available on the day.

What: Freshmeat Open Day
Where: Trusts Arena in Henderson
When: 12pm-2pm.
Who: Anyone interested in roller skating and roller derby. No age limit for the Open Day.
Cost: $5 entry to Open Day & $5 skate and protective gear hire.
Sign up to our Freshmeat newsletter.

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Halloween Quiz Night – 3rd Nov

From dusk we shift from sight to murk
And in these hours we turn our frowns to smirks
Old knowledge we seek, old knowledge we keep
We invoke the night and summon thee

On the third day of the eleventh month
We gather hence and fill our cups
Merry cheers and wits to share
The Feast of the Dead, come forth if you dare

Halloween just came twice this year.

The Pirate City Rollers are celebrating Halloween at the Thirsty Dog with a themed quiz night! From horror movies to common knowledge about the undead, think you got what it takes to claim the sweet, sweet prizes?

Bring your creepy friends and register your group on the night. $5 per head with a maximum of 4 people/ creature per team. What do you have to lose? *evil chuckle*

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Black Heart Brusiers vs Mascara Massacre – 15 Oct

It’s that Time again!

Pirate City Rollers Home Team Final!

After a season of battling it out, the Black Heart Brusiers take on Mascara Massacre in what promises to be an action packed bout.


Doors Open 6pm, Game starts at 7pm.
$5 on the door, kids under 12 gold coin donation.
At the Trusts Arena – 65-67 Central Park Drive, Henderson, Auckland 0610
Food available on site.
After party across the road at the Hanger Bar.

Come along for a night of derby and ensure you pick your favourite team to cheer along.

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Broadside Brawlers vs Motley Crew in Rotorua Halloween Weekend!


The Sulphur City Steam Rollers present a Halloween event like Rotorua has never seen before… HELL-O-WHEELS! The inaugural Halloween Skate Spooktacular which promises to be a fun themed event for the whole family!

Follow this event listing for updates!

$15 adult
$7 child (< 14yrs)
$40 family (2 adults and 2 kids)
Under 2s free
*booking fees may apply


The Sulphur City Steam Rollers‘ will be facing off against members of the original New Zealand roller derby league: the Pirate City Rollers, as their Broadside Brawlers venture south in the hopes of crushing our rockers on home ground!

Half-time entertainment will include a performance by members of the Rotorua Roller Skating Club, and kids in the crowd in costume will be invited down to the Track for Treats!

Prizes will also be given to the Best Dressed Adult and Child Halloween Costumes, as well as those with the Best Supporter Signs for their favourite team or skaters.

The Sulphur City Steam Rollers will be selling team merchandise and raffle tickets, offering you a chance to win a horrifically frightening visit to Spookers in Auckland!

In every one of the Sulphur City Steam Rollers’ events to date, tickets have sold out up to a week prior to the event. So the organisers recommend that you purchase your tickets well in advance. We’re not even kidding!

Doors open at 6pm with game formalities commencing at 6:45pm. Food, non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.

DOORS OPEN: 6:00pm
GAME START: 6:45pm
EST. END TIME: 8:45pm