The United Kingdom Roller Derby Association today announced it had ratified a new policy regarding trans* skaters. The policy allows skaters who live as and identify as female or male to skate competitively in single-gender teams of the appropriate gender. It does not require disclosure of trans* status to the league or governing body.
Android users rejoice! Three years after the first WFTDA rules app was made available for iOS devices, an Android equivalent has been released to the Google Play store.
In 2013, WFTDA debuted a new ranking system that involved three separate divisions. As part of this, we saw the first-ever round of Division 2 playoffs and championships, bringing together some WFTDA tournament veterans and first-timers.
GUILDFORD, UK--The final game at Anarchy might have been expected to be close just going by WFTDA rankings that had Rocky Moutain pegged at #9 and Toronto at #13--but the pattern of scores in the tournament to date meant that the odds were very heavily in Rocky Mountain's favour.
GUILDFORD, UK--At the first Anarchy in the UK tournament , London went 0-3 on their way to the wooden spoon--but ultimately proved the point they deserved an invitation to their first regional tournament. This time they came into their last game with the tournament and potential top seeding at playoffs on the line.
GUILDFORD, UK--Toronto and Detroit both came into day two of Anarchy with two games ahead of them, and yet to register their first win. This was a WFTDA rankings mis-match on paper thanks to Toronto's huge rise this month--but the 34-ranked Detroit claimed an early lead and then held off the 13-ranked Toronto to claim the upset win 199-159.
GUILDFORD, UK--When these teams last met Rocky Mountain were WFTDA champions and their 228-49 win flattered the hosts courtest of a huge final jam. It was unthinkable then that London might be considered favourites in their next meeting--but slight favourites they were.
GUILDFORD, UK--It was a festival of pink as London's London Brawling (current WFTDA #7) took on Toronto's CN Power (WFTDA #13); even both teams' coaches got in on the act with both Ballistic Whistle and Wade Wheelson sporting bright pink ties.
GUILDFORD, UK--When these teams last met it was August 2011, and Rocky came away with a 212-41 win. While much has changed in the interim a similar margin would have been expected for Rocky Mountain this time out, at least under normal circumstances, especially given the 311-22 hammering Detroit got at the hands of London the night before.
LONDON, UK--This is the third Anarchy in the UK since London's debut onto the WFTDA scene in Anarchy 1 back in 2011, and the first to feature multiple sanctioned games since that most memorable of events. As with the very first one, you can watch every bout from this weekend's event live on DNN!
Los Angeles, CA--It is not an understatement that this weekend’s Tinseltown Showdown tournament boasts some of the highest-ranking play that Los Angeles will see for 2014.
WFTDA today released its latest rankings and detailed a significant change to the algorithm by which teams are ranked. These rankings reflect performances in games that took place between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
This year's MRDA Championships will be held in Seattle this October. The Puget Sound Outcasts will be hosting the event--dubbed Maritime Mayhem--at Rat City's Rat's Nest in Seattle. The event will, as last year, feature the top 8 ranked teams in the MRDA competing for the title of MRDA champions. It is scheduled for Saturday October 18 and Sunday October 19, 2014.
Flat track derby sure did get around this past weekend – in this week’s roll up we have news from WFTDA’s first division, WFTDA-sanctioned play in Europe, and MRDA’s first ever all-Canada sanctioned bout.
When DNN’s bout and scores page both start to swell with game information, it can only mean one thing – the 2014 season is well underway. There were more than 100 games played this weekend – ten of those were shown live here on DNN, and 50 of them were WFTDA-sanctioned.
Since last June, Arch Rival Roller Girls have dropped nine spots in WFTDA rankings, currently sitting at 20, and the Windy City Rollers have jumped up two to 8th place. Both teams’ rosters have undergone major makeovers, Arch Rival losing skaters to retirement and transfer, and Windy gaining a handful of experienced skaters.
Blood and Thunder has confirmed that controversial changes to the widely used WFTDA ruleset will not be enforced for the Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas this December.
Wow. For a moment before contemplating this weekend's match-ups, take a moment to step back and look at the sheer number of bouts at all levels we have listed for this weekend. There are 101 bouts we have listed, 50 of which are WFTDA-sanctioned. I think It's fair to say 2014 has begun.
There was a men’s thing on this weekend – it was huge!
While England's stalwart defence was enough to hold the USA to their lowest points total of the weekend, the outcome of this bout was never really in doubt as the Yanks racked up a 120-point halftime lead en route to a 260-71 victory.
The third-place game was contested by France and Canada, who found themselves both comfortably beaten in their semi-finals by England and the USA respectively. While the lead changed twice in the first few minutes, the Canadians led for the final 50 and took the win in a highly entertaining and competitive bout 196-111.
In a definite contender for game of the tournament, Australia clawed out a one-point victory over Wales to take the Men's Roller Derby World Cup Plate, 201-200. The game swung back and forth with the margin rarely more than ten points for either side, though a massive 45-0 power jam for Skate Pilgrim late in the second period looked set to secure the game for Australia.
The Bowl was contested by Finland and Ireland as proceedings began drawing to a close on the final day in Birmingham's Futsal arena. The Finns took the win after leading from the start, but the Irish made it a contest throughout as they refused to let the Finns get away.
The first of the tournament's trophy games was contested by the winless Swedes--in this game as late tournament pull-out had given them a bye in the preceding knock-out round--and the Belgians whose only win this weekend had come over Japan on day two. The Belgians took the Jug with a comfortable 240-126 win.