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It’s almost time!!!!!! Love Letter #4

Hi AUS & NZ Roller Derby Leagues…

This is TGSS 2018 final newsletter aka holy smokes it’s only THREE SLEEPS UNTIL ‪#TGSS2018!!!

Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean we don’t love you anymore, it just means we now get to love you in person. Yay!

As usual we have a lot to get through, so make yourself a cup of tea, get comfy and prepare for the information onslaught.

TGSS is a mammoth tournament, which means registration is a huge beast unto itself. Help us out by making sure you’re all over the what, when and wheres.

Registration will be open on Friday, 8 June, from 7-9pm at the Adelaide Showground.

  • Tournament Teams:
    Please send ONE representative from your team to collect the wrist bands and information for the weekend.
  • Officials, Challenge Bout Skaters & Commentaors:
    Please report to registration individually to collect your registration pack.

Each participant will be supplied with a wristband that MUST be worn on the wrist for the duration of the tournament. If there are any issues with wristbands please bring the offending wristband to the Ops Office for replacement.

Registration is also open skate time. Come and try out the GOYDER tracks between 7–9pm to get a feel for the surface and find your groove.

Please note that the Wayville Pavilion (Track 1) will NOT be available for testing at this time. Please don’t make us put our grumpy hats on by trying to sneak a skate in there.

The stallholder village is off limits Friday night, but not to worry, you have alllllllll weekend to spend up big on your favourite merch, derby accessories and gear. Yessss!

For those of you who can’t make registration on Friday, you can pick up your packs on Saturday morning outside the Goyder Pavilion from 7:30am until 9.00am. For really late comers, you can pick your packs up from the Ops Office. Please be aware that Saturday rego is our least preferred option, so please do everything you can to make it Friday night.

Officials who are attending the Light City Derby scrimmage, we have pre-arranged an earlybird registration, we’ll see you at the Showgrounds from 5:00pm.

Don’t forget to bring your jammer and pivot helmet covers to each game, along with wristbands for the officials (2 coloured wristbands: one for your jam ref & one for your score keeper), which should be supplied at the captains meeting prior to each game.

Uniform colours for tournament teams’ first 2 games will be provided at rego.

Uniform colours for the finals games will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the game. Higher seeded team coming into the tournament chooses colour, lower seeded team to select their most contrasting colour to suit.

And we know it looks badass, but please leave the fake blood at home.

Held during half time of the game preceding, meet the Head Ref & Head NSO at the centre of the track. Please bring your game roster to this meeting to allow time for Officials paperwork to be updated accordingly. For 9:00am games, Captain’s meetings will be held at 8:30am.

There is a designated warm up track in Wayville Pavilion. As there no timetable for this track we expect that teams share and use the space appropriately and fairly.
Teams may test the track they are about to skate on during the 15 min half time of the game prior, keeping in mind that the playing teams have first dibs at all times.
The exception to this is the Grand Finals, where the track will be available between games but not in the half-time prior to the game – the warmup track will be available.

If you are in the first game of the day, you are able to enter from 8am for your warm up – this is ONLY for those teams playing first up.

*Entry for everyone else is 8:30am*

Remember, games can only be sanctioned by mutual agreement of the participating teams. There is opportunity to sanction finals games, please have a think about the games that may be in your future so that you are a little prepared to make the decision to sanction…or not.

There are no designated areas for personal belongings or skate gear, any gear left unattended will be done so at owner’s risk.
Please do not leave skate gear in the merch village, we are super tight for space and having mounds of bags is simply unsafe (and smelly – peeee-UU.!)

NO SKATING except for on and around tracks. That means skates OFF when travelling between pavilions, no skating in the Atrium or in the Duncan Gallery (adjoining to Goyder Pavilion).

The venue that houses tracks 2-5 will be closed after the last whistle on Monday so that it can be magically transformed into a barnyard wonderland! Please have all your gear packed up and outta there by 12:45pm.

Each league will be allocated half a trestle table which can be used to sell merch throughout the whole tournament. Access is available from 8am Saturday morning to set up. Trestles will be pre-labelled, please stick to your allocated spot.

Leagues are not permitted to have any roving merch during the tournament, nor any TGSS branded merch.

It is up to each league how they (wo)man their stall. Merch can remain on your stall overnight but at your own risk. Unattended merch is likewise at your own risk.
Please maintain good housekeeping at all times.

Access for Merch stall is from:
– Saturday: 8:30am – end of the last bout
– Sunday: 8:30am – end of the last bout
– Monday: 8:30am – 30mins after final whistle of Grand Final

8am access is only to allow a couple of league members to set up the merch stall, it is not general access for all league members.

League merch will be situated in Wayville Pavilion which needs to be cleared out 100% on Monday night. That means before going to the after party please ensure all of your remaining league merch has been packed up and removed from the venue.

There are still a few Challenge Bouts that are short on skaters. Challenge Bout skaters, you can play these! First in best dressed. If not sorted out earlier, simply arrive at the track at least 15 mins before the first whistle, and present yourself to the team captain. As long as you have the correct shirt, and they have spaces, you are welcome to join in. NOTE: Line-ups are to be finalised 10 mins prior to first whistle.

For those that have ordered presale TGSS merch, it can be picked up during the following times:
– Friday night – 7-9pm from the Wayville Pavilion doors
– Saturday/Sunday/Monday – from the ADRD merch booth in Wayville Pavilion at any time over the tournament weekend.

Weekend Passes are only available for presale and only available for purchase until 4.30pm Friday. To save some money, purchase your weekend pass now from Oztix

Day passes will be available on the door (cash only). Saturday and Sunday $20, Monday (finals) $30.

There’s nothing like actually being at TGSS. The smells, the bruises, the freezing Adelaide nights. Sadly we can’t recreate these for you, but we can bring you the sights.

Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be LIVE streamed on our YouTube channel.

We have tested the equipment and internet as much as possible, but there are bound to be some tech and/or internet issues over the weekend. Please know we will do our very best to get things working again should the spritz hit the proverbial fan. And really, if it all worked perfectly it just wouldn’t be derby.

Keep one eye on YouTube for all the live action from Tracks 1, 2, 3 and 4, and the other eye on Facebook, Twitter or the TGSS website to stay up-to-date on all the latest bout results and tournament updates. And don’t worry, we’ll be sure to post the Challenge Bout results, too.

Use the hashtag #TGSS2018 for all of your social media updates, so we can share the fun and good times with the world!

Reminder that the Commie crew are continuing their gloriously daggy tradition of ONESIE SUNDAY and you’re invited! Fight off the winter chills by wearing your favourite onesie to TGSS on Sunday, and join in the fun!

Adelaide Roller Derby knows how to throw a party and the 2018 TGSS after party will not disappoint. The after party will be located onsite in the Goyder Pavilion, so pack up your skates and forget about the showers, the after party starts right after the final whistle of the weekend is blown! Dust off your boots so we can kick up our heels and boogie on down to celebrate another fabulous TGSS with Track Team DJ on the decks all night. Oh and there will be awards for Best Dressed and Best Bootscooting… just sayin.

Remember your wristband is your entry into this amazing event, so don’t take it off until Tuesday morning! You must be 18+ to attend the party.
The after party finishes at 1:00am (last drinks at 12:45am)
Food Trucks running from 7pm-12am

And finally…

We require you to have loads of fun, meet new people and respect the number one rule of Roller Derby, DON’T BE A DOUCHEBAG!

From the Adelaide Roller Derby TGSS Ops Committee, whose blood, sweat and tears are in every aspect of this tournament, we thank you from the bottom of our massive TGSS hearts.

Let the magic begin!

XOXO TGSS Ops Committee

Love Letter #3

Hellooooo! The Great Southern Slam is only a couple of weeks away and we can’t wait to see you all at the biggest roller derby family reunion in the WORLD!!

Did you hear?


But wait, there’s more…



Tickets purchased are $60 (+ booking fee) and are for all 3 days! Purchase now to save money, and to ensure your spot trackside.
Day passes will only be available at the gate:
Saturday: $20
Sunday: $20
Monday (Finals): $30

We’re excited to highlight a few things on the schedule…


A few of you golden oldies might remember several TGSS’s ago we had a potluck team – a glorious creation of skaters from all across Australia and NZ coming together unpractised, unprepared but ultimately the most derby-loved filled team of strangers to ever exist! Team Potluck was resurrected for TGSS2016, and we are very excited to announce they’ll be back at TGSS2018! This team has been selected and announced, and they’ll fill one of the division 3 spots in the tournament.


Where two WFTDA member leagues have matched up in the pool rounds, they have been invited to sanction their games, and we’re starting the weekend with a handful of games that count for rankings as well as tourney placement! For those teams that progress through the pool rounds – should you match up with another WFTDA league in the finals rounds, sanctioning will be optional for both teams. If both teams accept, TGSS covers all late sanctioning fees to ensure maximum opportunity for teams to get sanctioned play where possible.


Did you see that the VRDL All Stars won’t be participating in the tournament this year? And were you sad about not being able to see the world champs in action in real life? Well guess what derby nerds – the VRDL All Stars will be showing us their skills in a 30-minute exhibition bout on Monday! And who will they play? Our TGSS Div 1 MVPs! Woo hoo!!


We have a handful of spots still open for you to join our lean mean non-skating officials team! If you’re keen we’d love to hear from you, you can contact the officials crew at


We know you all love some merchandise, and the TGSS 2018 product line is here! It’s somewhat inspired by our after party theme and you can pre-purchase from our online store. Any pre-sold merch will be available to pick up from the merch stand at TGSS, if you have bought some and are not attending you can get someone else to pick it up for you – just give them your receipt and let us know too:

We will also have a whole bunch of TGSS merch available for sale over the weekend.


As you would already be aware every team will be allocated a space for selling merchandise. You don’t need to action anything to accept this it will just happen.

  • your league will be responsible for manning the space throughout the tournament
  • you will be able to sell over all days of the tournament
  • space allocated is half a trestle table
  • you can leave your merch overnight covered up at your own risk.


We have had reports that most of the op shops around the country have been attacked by vicious derby skaters in the search for the ultimate hoedown attire. Let’s do-si-do together on Monday night, straight after the final whistle of the weekend blows, over in the Goyder Pavilion at Adelaide Showgrounds.


Are you keen to shoot the biggest tournament around? We’d love to have you join us – please contact us at if you’re feeling snap happy!


They are now due! Please send the names of your skaters and support crew plus the colours of your light and dark uniforms through to


Have you made payment but not logged in to the Challenge Bout forum? Have you logged in to the Challenge Bout forum but not signed up for bouts? The Challenge Bout themes have been locked in today, but there’s still room on a number of teams!! Drop what you’re doing and head to the forum and sign up! If you have had troubles receiving a forum link, please email and we’ll get you signed up asap!


Can’t make it to TGSS? We’re sorry to hear it! So to make that sting a little less stingy… don’t forget that we will be broadcasting a number of the bouts over the TGSS weekend! Our YouTube channel is here:

It’s a mammoth task, and no doubt there will be techy issues, so we just want to say thanks in advance to all the vollies who are helping to get the derby out there!


Registrations are a HUGE BEAST so we ask for your full attention in helping us to run this smoothly – Friday night registrations is where it’s at!

Registrations will be open from 7-9pm at the Adelaide Showgrounds. Please send ONE representative from your team to come and collect the wrist bands and information for the weekend. This time is also open skate time. Come and try out the GOYDER tracks between this time to get your skating groove on. Please note that the Wayville Track (Track 1) will not be available for testing at this time.

For those of you who can’t make this rego time, there will be an opportunity to pick up your packs from 7:30am Saturday morning. This is our least preferred rego time, so please do what you can to make It on the Friday night. There will also be an earlybird registration for Officials Only from 5pm for those also attending the Light City Derby scrimmage on the same night.

Rego is for all tournament teams, commentators, officials and challenge bout skaters.


The Commentator Crew are continuing their glorious tradition of ONESIE SUNDAY and you’re invited! Fight off the winter chills by wearing your favourite onesie to TGSS on Sunday, and join in the fun!


And finally, as we all get super pumped and excited for the weekend we gently remind everyone to follow Roller Derby’s golden rule: Don’t be a douche bag!

As you can imagine TGSS is a mammoth beast and it takes a lot of time and effort for Adelaide Roller Derby to put it on for the derby community. Over the weekend, if you are asked by us to move seats, to keep doorways clear, to pick up your rubbish or to be nice to each other, please listen and help us out. And most importantly, if you see someone who looks like they are working their butt off please stop to give them a high five, a hug, or a beer (at the after party of course!)

It is our absolute honour to be able to put on such a massive event, and we couldn’t do it without the support of the Australian and New Zealand derby communities, and so for that we thank each and every one of you.



  • If you have officials who have questions please send them here:
  • If you are a challenge bouter:
  • If you have commies who need someone to chat too please email:
  • If you have photographers send them here:
  • If you are a stall holder go here:
  • Send your merch queries here:
  • And finally any other weird and wonderful enquiries please email here:

Love and Bumps
TGSS Ops committee x

THR and THNSO announced

Please join us in welcoming our 2018 Tournament Head Referee (THR) Harm Solo and our Tournament Co-Head Non-Skating Officials (THNSO) Switzerland and Leith!!

Harm Solo first put skates on at the ripe old age of 3 and joined roller derby in 2012. Since then he has reffed over 100 games, at all levels across the entire country. Beginning as Referee with WARD, he moved to SA and joined Adelaide Roller Derby in 2015. He has worked at tournaments including previous 2012 & 2014 TGSS, Boom State Clash, Bendigo Rebellion and Royal Rumble. Harm Solo is easy going, knowledgeable and very approachable. Harm has lately developed a passion for modifying the hardware used with the CRG scoreboard software in order to fully utilise the program, which has changed ADRD’s setup to use electronic whiteboards and scoreboard screens for the team bench areas.

Switzerland brings with her more experience than you can poke a stick at – she’s been NSOing since 2011, most recently as a member of Sydney Roller Derby League. In that time she has officiated literally hundreds of games, both here and abroad. You may have seen her on WFTDA.TV officiating play-offs and champs in the US in 2016 and 2017, or you may have spotted her at the Big O in Oregon. Locally she has been THNSO at ERRD, 5×5 and Tropicarnage Cup, and a CHNSO at, well, it feels like everywhere! Switz has also been assisting with WFTDA Officiating clinics held in Adelaide and Perth. (Photo credit: Steph Daly).

Leith is excited to be returning to TGSS for the third time – his first was as a spectator, second as an NSO and this time as co-THNSO. International career highlights include officiating at the WFTDA Div 1 Playoffs in 2016, and The Big O in 2016 and 2017. Closer to home his highlights include officiating in the TGSS Grand Final in 2016 and CHNSO at the Tropicarnage Cup Grand Final last year. Leith is looking forward to having the opportunity to work with so many talented local officials at TGSS this year! (Photo credit: Justin Thornley


Challenge bout applications OPEN!

Here it is!!

We are absolutely thrilled to be opening up expressions of interest (EOI) for CHALLENGE BOUT SKATERS!!! It just wouldn’t be a TGSS without them.

A few things to note for the challenge bouts:

  • Preference will be given to skaters from non-participating leagues.
  • Members of tournament teams are not able to participate in challenge bouts.
  • Skaters must be female identifying and 18+.
  • Skaters must be a member of a league and have passed WFTDA minimum skills.
  • EOI closes Friday 27th April.

Register here to join the fun!!

All systems are go! Love Letter #2

Hi AUS & NZ Roller Derby Leagues…

We’re sliding into Autumn like a cowgirl into a saloon – and counting down the days til June!

This is TGSS 2018 love letter #2!

Oh boy, registrations have been coming in thick and fast! Thank you to everyone for your patience as we sort out the tournament structure.
We’re just about confirmed for a full 48 team tournament, how exciting!! Places have been filled from the Third Round EOI, and are currently awaiting final confirmation and payment from leagues. If you had planned on completing an EOI for a second team, please don’t hesitate to do so, but know that you’ll now be put onto a waiting list pending the final confirmation from those teams that would have received an email from our bracketing crew today.
That 48 teams is not even counting the participants for the challenge bouts yet… we are certainly not lying when we say we run the biggest roller derby tournament IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

How is this even going to work?
We are starting to get some emails about how the tournament is going to be sorted, and as previously mentioned, the TGSS 2018 divisions and pool allocations will be guided by the rankings on Flat Track Stats. We encouraged you to ensure that your league’s bout history is all up to date by the 31st March 2018, as we will be looking at the rankings after this time.

Official Bizness…
All registration emails have been sent out to officials now, so if you haven’t received an email please contact us asap on We do have a few NSO spots left to fill so please get in contact with us if you’d like to join the green team!

Calling all commies…
Are you a roller derby announcer who would love to commentate your team through the tournament? Or maybe your league isn’t coming to TGSS but you’d still like to come along and join the fun anyway? Commentator Expressions of Interest are open and we’re looking forward to hearing from you cos we wanna hear you all over the June long weekend! Keen beans please head on over and fill out the form here and if you have any comments or questions send ’em over here:

We’re feelin’ pretty good today, and for those who have made it this far into the love letter, we want to make you feel special too. How? We want to gift you, and we have two gifts, as we think you’re pretty cute.

Our first gift is that our website is live. Go show some love by visiting

Our second gift is a very special one… howdy doody we’re dusting off our boots and breaking out the flannel in time for our very special event and we’d really really like you to join us… at THE TGSS 2018 HOEDOWN AFTER PARTY!! That’s right our big weekend finale will see us all kicking up dust and bootscooting on down into the wee hours of Monday night! Held onsite at TGSS, the after party will be held on Monday 11 June, featuring special guest DJs, food trucks and too much gingham.

We can’t wait to take you for a twirl.

TGSS contacts:
If you have officials who have questions please send them here:
If you have commies interested in coming along please email here:
If you have photographers send them here:
If you are a stall holder go here:
And finally any other weird and wonderful enquiries please email here:

Love and bumps,
TGSS Operations Committee & Adelaide Roller Derby.

Happy 2018 everyone! Love Letter #1

Welcome to the first TGSS2018 love letter! From here on you can expect a monthly update on all things TGSS. Please bear in mind that it is still early days and there is plenty of work still to be done, so while we have some information for you we’re unable to answer all your burning questions just yet.

Firstly, thank you to all the referees and officials who have responded to our registration call out!

We are stoked with the response and can’t wait to see you all in June. We do still have a bunch of spots to fill so if you’re thinking about joining us on the June long weekend, please fill out the survey here and join us at the biggest roller derby tournament in the universe! And if you have friends, team mates and derby wives who might be interested please forward them this email so they can join the fun too!

Leagues, thank you for your responses to the EOI survey!
We’re happy to announce that we’re planning for TGSS2018 to be the same gigantic size as 2016, with over 40 leagues competing! Invites will be hitting inboxes very soon in late January. TGSS has always been about providing opportunities and sharing as much derby love as we can with our Australian and New Zealand community and 2018 will be no different. While it won’t be possible to have every league that have registered interest participate in the tournament, we have done our best to make it as inclusive as possible.

So what can you expect in 2018?
We’ve had a lot of fun with two divisions over the last couple of tournaments, but we’ve decided to up the ante by introducing our brand new DIVISION THREE!! We’ll still have the same number of leagues participating, but we’ll make the divisions smaller, reduce the skills gaps between teams, with 50% added trophy bling!

Sounds brilliant! How does my league get involved?
All tournament participants must be over 18 to participate. TGSS2018 will be by invitation.
Leagues will receive an invite and invoice for registration. Payment of the invoice by the due date will be your acceptance of the offer. Should you decline the offer or fail to pay registration by the due date we will invite the next league on the list. In the event that a team pulls out, we will offer the spot to the next league. Should time not make this possible, we will put together a potluck team from the challenge bout skaters. There is only room for one team from each invited league.

Challenge bouts will return in 2018 because it just wouldn’t be TGSS without them.

Challenge bouts are available to skaters whose league didn’t register a team in the tournament, and to skaters who are not on their league’s tournament team. Challenge bouts are not available to tournament participants.

We are thrilled at how much roller derby has grown in Australia and New Zealand since the first TGSS in 2010, the downside of this is despite TGSS also growing, we just can’t fit everything in. While we would have loved to include everyone, TGSS2018 will focus on women’s flat track roller derby, there will be no junior or men’s roller derby at TGSS2018.

Tickets will continue to be available as weekend passes as well as individual day passes.

Our plans for the tournament structure is based on survey results indicating the interest of Officials will be sufficient to make this work. If we don’t get the number of Officials we need, we will adjust accordingly.

Officials will be able to register as either dedicated NSOs or as Officials. What does that mean? If you want to officiate on skates, it is most likely you will also be rostered to NSO. There will be no option to opt out. Please also be aware if you register as an NSO/Official you are not eligible to also be a Commentator or Bench Manager/Coach for TGSS2018. This is not because we are big ole meanies who want to spoil peoples’ fun, but because rostering everyone over such a large tournament is a gargantuan task which becomes impossible if people are unavailable due to other commitments.

What about sanctioned bouts?
Well, ultimately the decision is YOURS! Just like in 2016 we will offer WFTDA leagues the chance to sanction their bouts, this will only happen if both teams are in agreeance. If a team is not comfortable to do this then the bout will not be sanctioned.

Keen have a stall at TGSS?

We’d love to talk! Let us know over here. We’ll have information for sponsors out real soon too, if you have any questions please hit us up at

TGSS after parties have become a thing of legend, and 2018 will not disappoint.
While we don’t want to reveal all our secrets just yet, we can confirm that the afterparty will be onsite at the Adelaide Showgrounds again, and will be chock full of costumes, surprises and the best dance moves south of the equator!

So that’s where we’re at right now. If your league has any questions please send them to and we will respond either to your league directly, or if the question is relevant for all include it in the next monthly love letter.

Let the countdown begin!

Love and bumps,
TGSS Operations Committee & Adelaide Roller Derby