This Saturday you must take full advantage of your final summer opportunity to see your favourite TCRD skaters in their home team uniforms. Thereafter, they will jump into phone booths (explain to your kids what that is) and emerge as International Superstars, ready to host one world-class tournament and blast off to another.
Come prepared! Fans in team colours and prepared to make All The Noise shall be showered with affection and ensure victory!
Top Roller Derby Teams to Compete in Kitchener-Waterloo
Tri-City Roller Derby Hosts 2014 WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Twenty of the top women’s flat track roller derby leagues in the world will compete for the sport’s top honors next month in the 2014 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Division 2 Playoffs. Representing the best of the best in women’s roller derby, 10 of the Playoffs qualifiers will compete in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Aug. 22 to 24 in one of two playoff tournaments for the division.
Tri-City Roller Derby was selected through a competitive bid process to host one of the seven WFTDA tournaments this year. This is the first time that the WFTDA has selected a host site outside of the United States.
The international WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.
Yesterday the WFTDA announced the competitors for this year’s international D2 Playoffs in Kitchener-Waterloo. Teams ranked 41-60 that have met minimum eligibility requirements were split between the two Playoffs brackets using “S-curve” seeding, similar to what is used for the NCAA basketball tournaments. Ten of these teams will compete at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex Aug. 22-24 in hopes of finishing in the top two and advancing to compete at the WFTDA Championships, Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
- DC Rollergirls, Washington, DC, USA
- Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, NY, USA
- Rideau Valley Roller Girls, Ottawa, ON, Canada
- Killamazoo Derby Darlins, Kalamazoo, MI, USA
- Chicago Outfit Roller Derby, Chicago, IL, USA
- Boulder County Bombers, Boulder, CO, USA
- Gold Coast Derby Grrls, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
- Demolition City Roller Derby, Evansvile, OH, USA
- Bear City Roller Derby, Berlin, Germany
- Grand Raggidy Roller Girls, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
The WFTDA Division 1 and 2 Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Kitchener-Waterloo at wftda.com/kitchener-waterloo. The other Division 2 Playoffs will be held Aug. 15-17 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. The WFTDA Championships will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. All tournaments will also be covered live by WFTDA’s online broadcast channel, WFTDA.tv.
Saturday’s double-header featured the league’s oldest rivalry and a challenger from the Big Smoke, so there was more than enough action to go around.
In the first bout, a Vicious Dishes squad bolstered by skaters returning from injury and scoring from deep into the bench caught the Venus Fly Tramps by surprise. The Dishes led 77-74 at the half, but the Tramps made a recovery and held the gas pedal down for the last ten minutes, coming out with a 197-149 win.
The second bout featured visiting team The Gore Gore Rollergirls form Toronto Roller Derby. The animal print assassins happen to be this year’s reigning Beast of the East champions, so the Total Knock-Outs had their work cut out for them. And work the pugilists in blue did, grinding out a 69-54 first half lead despite the best efforts of a physical Gore defensive corps quarterbacked by Beast of the East MVP Machu Beatchu. A couple of late surges kept the Gores in the bout, but the victory went to the TKO’s 213-124.
What’s next? Well, the TKO’s and Tramps haven’t danced yet, which will be rectified on the 26th of June. Hammer City is coming to face the Dishes as well. Mark your calendars!