UPDATE (11 Dec, 2pm): WFTDA has re-released the rankings after a data entry error saw a game between Gold Coast and Fort Myers recorded as Gold Coast vs Fort Wayne. The Gold Coast game made Fort Myers eligible to be ranked; they debut at 42, just behind Sac City. Gold Coast rises from 54 to 50; all teams under 42 drop at least one place.
DES MOINES, IA--In April the newly formed Team United Roller Derby took on No Coast in Des Moines and lost 136-153. In June they had a rematch in Lincoln, and lost again,123-177. Their Facebook stated in early September they had a closed scrimmage with Kansas City and beat them 201-93, making the point just before playoffs that they were going to be a team to watch in 2014.
RollerCon is expanding its franchise in 2014 to include the ever-growing junior market, and from May 30-June 1 2014, RollerCon Junior will take over the Riviera Royale Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
The Big O invitational derby tournament is going to be bigger than ever in 2014, with skaters from all over the world attending the event. But the early buzz around the event surrounds the inclusion of a team absent from high level WFTDA play this year -- the Oly Rollers.
MILWAUKEE, WI--What started out as a game of power jams ended up the tightest and most exciting game of the weekend. Jet City dominated in the first half, scoring most of their points on power jams alone despite Santa Cruz getting more lead jammer calls.
MILWAUKEE, WI -- After the intense and much closer than expected 174-125 semifinal between Bay Area and Gotham on Saturday night, many expected the Texas / Gotham championship matchup to be an anticlimax -- when the teams met in June, Gotham had smoked Texas 313-66. This time, though, Texas was up to the challenge … almost.
MILWAUKEE, WI – the battle for third place at WFTDA Championships saw Denver Roller Dolls take on Bay Area Derby Girls. Both teams were hungry for a win after losses the previous day, but it was Bay Area whose hunger paid off – fighting until the end to win 224-174. Bout stats via Rinxter.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Both Blue Ridge and Sac City are both coming off of their 2013 seasons with winning records and strong showings at the Des Moines and Kalamazoo Division 2 tournaments respectively. In their Milwaukee meeting, both teams looked focused and hungry for the opportunity to take the third place D2 title.
MILWAUKEE, WI--'All they do is win': those were the opening words of our Gotham preview last week and, indeed, they remain true. Gotham did stretch their three-year winning streak to 43-0 with tonight's victory over Bay Area Derby Girls--but it was by no means the foregone conclusion many expected before the first whistle.
MILWAUKEE, WI -- The history of recent Denver / Texas matches -- a 227-189 Texas win at this year's Golden Bowl III and a 210-199 Denver win in the 3rd place game of last year's WFTDA Championships -- suggested that Saturday night's Championships semifinal would be another narrow nail biter.
MILWAUKEE, WI – The last quarterfinal of the 2013 WFTDA Championships was a calculated, mechanical match up as WFTDA #2 Bay Area took on WFTDA #8 Windy City. While both teams demonstrated devastating defence, Bay Area’s held strong until the last whistle when they won 230-135.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Despite Ohio and Gotham both being original members of the WFTDA, they had yet to play each other until today. Ohio came out guns blazing and gave Gotham everything they had, markedly improving their performance in the second half but fell deep into penalty trouble, losing three skaters to foul outs.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Denver took the lead five minutes into their match against Angel City and held it throughout, taking lead jammer status reliably by pulling Angel City's jammers to the sides and forcing them out in the opening seconds of many jams. Angel City, meanwhile, struggled to put up points when they weren't on a power jam--and gave up plenty of power jams of their own.
MILWAUKEE, WI-- Saturday's first quarterfinal match at the WFTDA Championships saw a rematch of the 2012 Atlanta / Texas South Central final, a classic that saw Texas survive by 20 points on a dramatic last-jam resolution.The first half of this bout looked just as competitive -- Texas' 109-65 halftime lead was basically the result of a single early 37-0 power jam for Bloody Mary -- but the Texecut
MILWAUKEE, WI — Fighting for the right to take on Bay Area, Philly Roller Girls’ Liberty Belles took on the Windy City Rollers’ All-Stars at the 2013 WFTDA Championships. Coming into this game, Philly had taken the wins in their previous four meetings, the most recent being a one-point overtime win at the 2013 East Coast Derby Extravaganza.
MILWAUKEE, WI--This match was anticipated by many to be extraordinarily close, with Flat Track Stats predicting the result was an absolute toss-up--but that wasn't the game we were presented with.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Rocky Mountain had a strong early start but Angel City were able to stretch their margin to 50-points late in the first half. From there, the game was characterised by frequent lead changes as the sides traded power jams--and in the end, Angel City came off the better when a late-game penalty let them establish a 30-point margin and leaving Rocky no time to come back.
MILWAUKEE, WI - WFTDA.tv went down this morning, just in time for game one of WFTDA Championships. We spoke to Double H from WFTDA.tv, who says that 90% of weekend viewing passes were bought within two hours of the first whistle, overloading the server.
MILWAUKEE, WI -- In the opening battle of the 2013 WFTDA Championships, Atlanta used tight, smart defense and a fairly balanced jammer attack to stubbornly hold off a London side representing the first non-U.S. team to reach Champs. Atlanta led for the entirety of the second half and survived a last-jam scare to triumph 184-169 and advance to a Saturday-morning quarterfinal meeting with Texas.
MILWAUKEE, WI--This year’s WFTDA playoffs saw two teams out of Sacramento, CA. While Sacred City did not advance beyond the Salem Division 1 playoffs, Sac City came out of the Kalamazoo Division 2 playoffs in second place, losing to the Santa Cruz Derby Girls in the final game.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Jet City has a few playoff tournaments under their belt but this year they will finally get a Championship experience--while going for the Division 2 title. They spent the bulk of their season playing big hitters like London, Angel City and Rocky Mountain to challenge themselves and fine tune individual skill and strategies.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Blue Ridge was an exciting new face to watch in the debut of Division 2 playoffs, improving their seeding by one to finish 2nd. Their quick, hoppy jammers, such as CaSlamity Jane and Skelley-tor, kept Duke City and Treasure Valley on their toes, while their powerhouse blockers killed jammer spirits. Ashevillain, Punk Rotten and Coma N.
MILWAUKEE, WI--After taking the gold in the second of this year’s WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs in Kalamazoo, MI, the Santa Cruz Derby Girls are heading to Milwaukee to compete for the overall D2 title.
MILWAUKEE, WI--Angel City have had an up and down year, by any measure. A strong 2013 home season saw them climb to #5 in the WFTDA rankings when divisions were introduced and they entered Richmond playoffs as the top seed ... only to struggle in the first half of their opening bout against New Hampshire and then get their wings decisively clipped by fourth seed Philly in the semi-finals.
Well, here it is, folks: the fifth and final Officials Preview for the 2013 WFTDA tournament cycle. We'll be going a bit more in-depth this time around, giving you more insight on the officials who have been chosen to keep things on the up and up for the best of the best.