Dread Pirate Roller Derby league was established in February 2009, when a small group of dedicated women began skating in a car park!
In 2010, Dread Pirate Roller Derby league began holding public bouts with an average attendance of 500 spectators and continued to build during their first season, competing against leagues including the Newcastle Dockyard Dames, Sun State Roller Girls and Sydney Roller Derby League.
By 2011, the league had more than forty skaters, and took fourth place in the inaugural NSW Eastern Region Roller Derby Tournament.
In 2012, the league again competed in the Great Southern Slam, losing in the first round to the Northern Brisbane Rollers, then in a close-fought bout to the Pirate City Rollers. Wollongong Illawarra Roller Derby league also entered the NSW Eastern Region Roller Derby Tournament, again placing fourth in the A-grade division.
During 2014/2015 the league began competing in the 5 x 5 Roller Derby tournament.
2016 has seen Dread Pirate Roller Derby League become a co-educational league, now incorporating men. We will continue to compete with our Steel City Derby Dolls team, but will be looking to commence competing with a mixed gender team throughout the year. Out Steel City Derby Dolls team will also compete in the Great Southern Slam during 2016.
Today Dread Pirate Roller Derby league trains twice a week at the University of Wollongong Sports Hub.