South Sea Roller Derby (SSRD) was founded by former Victorian Roller Derby League (VRDL) member, Misty Meaner, in 2009.
When VRDL moved its training location from Dandenong to Sunshine in late 2008, Misty’s travel time dramatically increased. This sparked an idea to create a league to cater for girls living on the south east side of the city.
After scouting around, the perfect training location was found in Peninsula Skateworld at Carrum Downs. The owners, Robyn and Mark, were keen to help bring roller derby to the area.
Recruitment of skaters began in early 2009, with regular training sessions starting in August. The first sessions helped raise the profile and the word was starting to spread.
Lady Malice, a former VRDL fresh meat coordinator, offered her services as a coach to help SSRD along in the crucial development phase.
Before long the league was evolving, skills were being developed and perfected, closed training sessions were secured and outside interest was growing rapidly.
Today SSRD has more than 100 members in the form of skaters, refs and officials. We currently have three home teams, The Cutthroat Charmers (purple and black), The Dolly Rogers (red and white) and The Blackheart Breakers (blue with silver/black). SSRD also field 2 travel teams : The South Sea Sirens (A Team) and The South Sea Banshees (B Team).
In February 2013 The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association selected SSRD for its Apprentice Program
SSRD is 100% skater owned and operated.