Team Sweden might be relatively new on the scene, but their constituent teams have both been performing well in bouts across Europe. They could be a surprise for the more established teams out there.
Swede Hurt – Head Coach + skater (ex of Gotham Girls Roller Derby and Rat City, now Stockholm Roller Derby, after coaching Crime City Rollers)
Mad Maloony – Assistant Coach + skater (ex of Copenhagen, now Stockholm Roller Derby, after coaching Crime City Rollers)
Sloppy Boggins – Assistant Coach (GTAR (Toronto), exStockholm)
Alotta Riot – Crime City Rollers
Ankefar – Crime City Rollers
Barbara Barfight – Crime City Rollers
Becky Lawless – Stockholm Roller Derby
Bess I’rv Cold – Stockholm Roller Derby
Fenix Fortsomfan – Crime City Rollers
Firebird Steele – Crime City Rollers
Fisty – Crime City Rollers
HussInsane – Stockholm Roller Derby
HyperNova – Stockholm Roller Derby
Jazz Ass – Stockholm Roller Derby
Jo Evil Eye – Crime City Rollers
Kit Kat Power – London Rockin’ Rollers
Kix deVille – Stockholm Roller Derby
Knickerblocker Glory – London Rollergirls
Ninja – Crime City Rollers
Twist’d T – Stockholm Roller Derby
Vix Viking – Crime City Rollers (ex of London Rollergirls)
As is plain from the roster, Team Sweden draws almost entirely from the two Swedish leagues, Stockholm and Crime City (Malmö). As with many of the national teams, however, they have a smattering of impressively sourced coaches and head skaters, of which Swede Hurt, who has previously played for East Region champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby and for Rat City (including a trip to West Regionals), and will presumably be bringing her intimidating experience to her Head Coach role.
Team Sweden have played one public bout, against Team Finland, which they won handily. Since then, they have been engaging in regular practices to build team cohesion.
Team Sweden is sponsored by the SwedeVix skate store, which just happens to have been founded by two of their players, Swede Hurt and Vix Viking.
We’ll be getting more information about Team Sweden in a later article, as I interview Swede Hurt on various topics.