ARDL Auckland Roller Derby League (ARDL) is an amateur skater-owned and run flat track roller derby league. The team was established in July 2011 by a handful of skaters with a vision to provide members with the skills necessary to excel in the sport they love, and to raise the level of roller derby throughout New Zealand.

Although the league was still young, 2012 saw ARDL compete in New Zealand’s National Roller Derby Tournament and take the number 1 spot in the country. ARDL has regularly participated in the New Zealand Top 10 Roller Derby Championships since, consistently finishing in upper half of participating leagues

2015 marked the year of ARDL’s first official team within the league, aptly named the ‘Bolts’. The year started with the Bolts coming up against our hardest competition yet, in The Bont Invitational. The Bolts put everything they had into each game but unfortunately didn’t not skate away with a win. Determined to push on, the team trained harder than ever before and turned the rest of the season round to end on a winning streak in New Zealand.

Before the season started in 2016, ARDL graduated to fully qualified members of WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Derby Association), making the league the third in New Zealand to achieve this. We look forward to supporting other New Zealand leagues in their journey to full membership and look forward to competing against the best teams in the world.

ARDL has also competed internationally at numerous tournaments. These include The Great Southern Slam, a biennial tournament, and the largest roller derby tournament outside of the USA. In both 2012 and 2014, ARDL to hit hard against some of the best teams across Australia and New Zealand, walking away with a win and a loss each time. In 2018, ARDL made their way to the number 4 spot in Division 2 at this tournament, with 2 wins and 3 losses under their belt. In 2016, ARDL also participated in the Royal Rumble Tournament in the Gold Coast, going up against fierce Australian teams and coming second in their division. Not only did they add a trophy to their collection, it also saw them make their way up the WFTDA World Ranking. In 2017, ARDL made their way to Hawaii to participate in the Big Island Brawl, coming out victorious with 5 impressive victories against Hawaiian teams.

2019 is going to be an exciting year for ARDL, so keep an eye out for our updates on Facebook and Instagram!