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MRDA Welcomes 2 new members leagues – Helsinki Coast Quads, Finland and Track’Association, France

The Men’s Roller Derby Association adds a further two teams to their European this month – that’s four in total for June! Join us in welcoming Finland’s Helsinki Coast Quads and French team, Track’Association.  

Helsinki Coast Quads, Finland

English:

Formed in July 2017, Helsinki Coast Quads are Helsinki’s only men’s roller derby league. They made their first trip overseas late last year to the Men’s European Cup, and although they faced strong opposition, came away with a significant amount of experience, especially for their newer players.
“We went there as a team and came back as a stronger team” said team captain Bilbo Blockins

This year HCQ became Finland’s first ever Men’s National Champions. They won all four games in a two round series against Kouvola Concrete Threat and Tampere Rollin’ Bros. Later this year they have exciting games coming up at ‘November Pain’ in Kiel, Germany.

Asked about the MRDA membership, their captain had this to say: “This is an exciting new chapter for us. We have felt the love and competition from the organization already from the outside and can’t wait what is in store for us as full-fledged members.”

Finnish:

MRDA on innoissaan voidessaan julkistaa kaksi uutta jäsenseuraa. Heinäkuussa 2017 perustettu Helsinki Coast Quads on Helsingin ainoa miesten sarjaa pelaava roller derby -seura. He tekivät ensimmäisen ulkomaan pelimatkansa viime vuoden lopulla Men’s European Cuppiin. Vastustajat turnauksessa olivat kovia, mutta joukkue ja erityisesti sen uudemmat pelaajat palasivat reissusta kokemusta rikkaampana.
“Lähdimme turnaukseen joukkueena ja palasimme sieltä vahvempana kuin koskaan.” , kertoo joukkueen kapteeni Bilbo Blockins.

Tänä vuonna HCQ:sta tuli kautta aikojen ensimmäinen miesten Suomen mestari. He voittivat kaikki neljä otteluaan kaksinkertaisessa sarjassa, jossa heitä vastassa olivat Kouvola Concrete Threat ja Tampere Rollin’ Bros. Tämän vuoden lopulla HCQ suuntaa November Pain -turnaukseen Saksan Kieliin, jossa heille on luvassa jännittäviä pelejä.

Kysyttäessä MRDA-jäsenyydestä joukkueen kapteeni sanoi seuraavaa: “Tämä on jännittävä uusi seikkailu meille. Olemme saaneet osamme järjestön rakkaudesta ja kilpailullisuudesta jo ulkopuolelta, joten emme malta odottaa mitä tuleman pitää kun olemme.”

Track’Association, France

English:

Track’Association team was created in January 2013 beginning as a regrouping of players from three French cities, before establishing themselves in the university town of Tours a few years ago. Since then they have continued to grow and gain experience, the hard work has certainly paid off – last year they placed third in the French Championships Elite division.

Known for their good humour, they tell MRDA “We are more than a team, we are family!”. Track’ass say that they are proud to be joining the organisation and are looking forward to growing further:

“Being MRDA is a great pride and a culmination after years of progress and sweats. We hope to make the French derby shine through France and beyond. The team takes on a new dimension with higher and higher goals. But beware, we are formidable and solid in party, for the game it can be discussed! And as our war cry says: Who let the Track’mens out? Woof woof woof!!

French:

La Track’Association a été créée en janvier 2013 à partir d’un regroupement de joueurs de trois villes françaises, avant de s’établir dans la ville universitaire de Tours il y a quelques années. Depuis, ils n’ont cessé de grandir et d’acquérir de l’expérience, le travail acharné a fini par porter ses fruits – l’année dernière, ils se sont classés troisièmes dans la division Elite des Championnats de France.

Reconnus pour leur bonne humeur, ils déclarent : “Nous sommes plus qu’une équipe, nous sommes une famille !”. Les Track’Ass se disent fiers de rejoindre l’organisation et se réjouissent à l’idée de poursuivre leur progression :

“Être membre de la MRDA est une grande fierté et un point culminant après des années de progrès et de transpiration.  Nous espérons faire briller le derby français à travers la France et au-delà. L’équipe prend une nouvelle dimension avec des objectifs de plus en plus élevés. Mais attention, nous sommes redoutables et solides en soirée, pour ce qui est du jeu on peut en discuter ! Et comme le dit notre cri de guerre : Who let the Track’mens out? Woof woof woof woof woof woof !!!”