DNN Best of 2011 Poll: Results
Bout of the Year 2011 (Women's): London 137, Montreal 135 in the 5th place game of the WFTDA East Region Playoffs. Photo: Tyler Shaw.
Best Rivalry 2011: Gotham vs Oly. Photo: Axle Adams.
Most Improved Team 2011: London Rollergirls. Photo: David Andrew Morris.
Best Announcer 2011: Dumptruck. Photo: Joe Rollerfan.
Best Venue 2011: The Doll Factory in Los Angeles, CA. Photo: Stalkerazzi.
Best Regular-Season Event 2011: East Coast Derby Extravaganza, hosted by Philly Rollergirls. Photo: Joe Medolo.
Most Underrated Player 2011 (Men's): Gnat King Kill of the St. Louis GateKeepers. Photo: Bob Dunnell.
Best Blocker 2011 (Men's): Percy Controll, St. Louis GateKeepers. Photo: Bob Dunnell.
Best Double Threat 2011 (Men's): Quadzilla, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts. Photo: Joe Rollerfan.
Jammer of the Year 2011 (Men's): Ladies Knight, New York Shock Exchange. Photo: Manish Gosalia.
Rookie of the Year 2011: Scald Eagle, Rose City. Photo: Joe Rollerfan.
Most Underrated Player 2011 (Women's): Smack Daddy, Montreal. Photo: Axle Adams.
Best Blocker 2011 (Women's): Psycho Babble, Rocky Mountain. Photo: Joe Rollerfan.
Best Double Threat 2011 (Women's): Suzy Hotrod, Gotham. Photo: Joe Medolo.
Jammer of the Year 2011 (Women's): Bonnie Thunders, Gotham. Photo: Joe Rollerfan.
Bout of the Year's (Men's)
Winner: New York Shock Exchange 143, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts 133 - MRDA Championship (253 votes, 29%)
2. New York Shock Exchange 139, Magic City Misfits 131 - MRDA Championships Semifinal (252 votes, 29%)
3. St. Louis GateKeepers 158, New York Shock Exchange 138 - Spring Roll (200 votes, 23%)
4. New York Shock Exchange 125, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts 118 - Spring Roll (90 votes, 10%)
5. Puget Sound Derby Outcasts 127, St. Louis GateKeepers 106 - MRDA Championships Semifinal, (73 votes, 8%)
There is no doubt that the NYSE saved its most exciting games of the year for last - not only were the top-two vote getters here the semifinal and final of the first Men's Roller Derby Association championship tournament, they were only separated by a single vote. NYSE stayed just a few passes ahead of Puget Sound for the majority of their final bout and re-established their long-held claim to being the best in the sport; with the win over Puget Sound, they extended their all-time record in public bouts to 29-1.
Most Underrated Player (Men's)
Winner: Gnat King Kill, St. Louis GateKeepers (22 votes)
2. Radillac, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts (9 votes)
3. T-Stop Tornado, New York Shock Exchange (8 votes)
4. Just the Tip, Magic City Misfits (7 votes)
5. Zambone, Magic City Misfits / Filthy McNasty, New York Shock Exchange (6 votes)
Though new St. Louis jammer Gnat King Kill might have been underestimated the first time St. Louis' opponents took the floor against them this year, that generally changed by the end of any St. Louis game, as the extremely spry GKK often leaves blockers crossed up with his footwork and jukes. He joined a very solid STL jammer crew in 2011 and was a key part of bringing St. Louis within a few points of reaching this year's MRDA championship game.
Most Valuable Blocker (Men's)
Winner: Percy Controll, St. Louis GateKeepers (131 votes, 14%)
2. Ace of Skates, New York Shock Exchange (128 votes, 13%)
3. Rhino, Dallas Deception, (111 votes, 11%)
4. Vader, New York Shock Exchange, (109 votes, 11%)
5. Abe Drinkin, New York Shock Exchange, (107 votes, 11%)
Although St. Louis ended their MRDA season in 4th place, their play through the year gave them the top seed going into the championship tournament, and a key part of that play was a very effective crew of agile blockers. Steady and effective blocker Percy Controll exemplified that play, living up to his moniker and earning respect though his consistent frustration of opposing jammers and blockers alike.
Best Double Threat (Men's)
Winner: Quadzilla, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts (387 votes, 36%)
2. Magnum P.I.M.P., St. Louis GateKeepers (152 votes, 14%)
3. Jonathan R, New York Shock Exchange (134 votes, 13%)
4. Streak, Magic City Misfits (100 votes, 9%)
5. Dr. Spankenstein, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby, (61 votes, 6%)
One of the very few current derby skaters whose derby resume predates the women's resurge of the early 2000s (he first played on TNN's infamous Rollerjam series), Quadzilla's mix of strength and balance make him nearly impossible to knock down or out of position, making him an extremely tough opponent to break past or hold back. On top of that, his lengthy jam- and stunt-skating background gives him even more in his arensal -- to the point that the question is usually not if he will break out, but which inventive way he's going to choose.
Most Valuable Jammer (Men's)
Winner: Ladies Knight, New York Shock Exchange (257 votes, 26%)
2. Jurasskick Park, Pioneer Valley Roller Derby (187 votes, 19%)
3. Bat Wing, St. Louis GateKeepers, (143 votes, 14%)
4. Scott Slamilton, Puget Sound Derby Outcasts, (135 votes, 14%)
5. Matomic, Dallas Deception, (118 votes, 12%)
Although his teammate Jonathan R (3rd place in the Double Threat category this year) might be the most recognizable NYSE jammer, the tirelessly effective play of Ladies Knight was a major part of the reason that the Shock Exchange was able to survive their tough season-ending battles at MRDA championships (see "Bout of the Year - Men's"). Consistently at or near the top of the point totals in New York games this year, Knight can rely on both strength and speed to work his way through, giving NYSE another dimension to an already extremely potent offense.