WILMINGTON, MA--DNN #21 Boston started out as big sisters to DNN #17 Montreal as the Canadians made their way into WFTDA in 2007, and that sibling rivalry has remained even though the New Skids have been on top since 2011. This time out Montreal kept their winning streak safe, and took the bout 188-117.
LOS ANGELES, CA--Sacred City’s Sacrificers played Angel City’s Hollywood Scarlets on Angel City’s home track for the first time since 2010 this past Saturday. Angel managed to shrug off both their heart-rending last jam loss at regionals and a 1-6 record against their local rivals to go 4-0 in sanctioned play so far in 2013 with a 243-139 win.
Today WFTDA released the first results of their mathematical ranking calculator, for games up to the end of February. While DNN #1 Gotham’s position at #1 surprises no-one, there are a few surprising entries further down.
Welcome back! Welcome to the first weekly roll-up in a hell of a long time. We're bringing this back as a place for capsule recaps of the previous weekend's action, brief previews of what's coming up this weekend, and titbits of what's going on around the derby world. Last Weekend's Bouts
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- In what amounted to a preseason game for Windy City (#6 DNN), the Chicago team kicked off their year with an unsanctioned battle against regional rivals Naptown (#14 DNN) on the road in the Indiana Pacers' Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- In the undercard match for Sunday afternoon's Windy City vs Naptown battle, the Demolition City Dynamite Dolls (Evansville, IL) used solid slow walls -- along with effective speed-exploitation on a series of jammer penalties -- to run up a huge 80-point first-half lead against Naptown's B team, the Warning Belles.
Jammer Stats Santa Cruz Pippi HardSocking 4 Lead – 10 Total, 4 jams in the box, 59 pts Queen Litigious 8-13, 4, 50 pts Bettie the Kid 3-11, 5, 20 pts Hella Luna 3-6, 0, 9pts Terminal City Bobbi Barbarich 6-14, 3, 61 pts
Jammer Stats Sac City La Lucha 6 Lead – 13 Total, 4 jams in the box, 91 pts Too Short 9-14, 2, 56 pts Spankenstein 11-15, 4, 52 pts Emerald City Jala Pain Yo 4-10, 3, 39 pts Ogden 5-11, 0, 27 pts Wonder Dread 1-5, 0, 21 pts
Jammer Stats Jet City Ivana Hercha 6 Lead – 11 Total, 0 jams in the box, 57 pts Pippy Longstalker 10-13, 1, 52 pts Eva Derci 3-6, 1, 36 pts Grr Rawr Rawr 7-11, 4, 31 pts Tabula Rasa 2-2, 1, 14 pts Nasty Nikki Nightstick 1-1, 0, 3 pts
Totally off-topic for DNN, but enquiring minds need to know: Some of you are wondering what this image is all about. If you've met me, you'll know I'm a very unlikely harbinger of death. From any direction. Particularly from above. I lack, as some might say, the Dropbear Nature.
There's been rather a lot going on behind the scenes here at DNN during the "off season" (heh.), so we figured it was high time we resuscitated the Behind the Scenes section in order to fill you in on our doings. We've got a some catching up to do, so watch this space over the coming days and weeks for answers to questions like: What new goodies are cooking in the labs?
Championships data and a few early-season indicators form the basis of the first Power Rankings release of the year. Jan / February 2013 Hits (6) (16) Naptown 211, Bleeding Heartland 85
The 2013 edition of Wild West Showdown features 15 WFTDA leagues spanning all three of the WFTDA's new divisions. The tournament, hosted by the Slaughter County Roller Vixens, takes place Friday through Sunday on two tracks in Bremerton, WA.
Last week, we brought you the inside track on the rankings calculator, courtesy of Teenie Meanie and Bonnie Thunders. This week we’re just looking at divisions and the new playoff structure. We spoke to Bonnie to put some of our questions about the system to her, as well as some concerns raised by DNN readers. This is how it went.
Today, London Rollergirls announced that the Extreme Sports Channel had commissioned a thirteen-episode roller derby series focussing on the league's 2013 season.
WFTDA’s rankings and divisioning white papers raised almost as many questions as they answered, so we’ve set out to clear a few things up by putting some of your concerns to the people behind the project and asking some questions of our own.
Yesterday, at about the same time as we published the results of the DNN 2012 Reader Poll, WFTDA released more information on how ranking and divisioning is going to work in 2013 and onwards.
Bout of the Year (Women’s) Winner: WFTDA Championships 3rd Place Bout: Denver 210, Texas 199 (435 votes, 18%) 2. Windy City 155, Minnesota 155 (385 votes, 16%) 3. WFTDA East Regionals 3rd Place Bout: Charm City 183, London 159 (369 votes, 15%) For the second year in a row, a WFTDA tournament season consolation bout takes the prize for best women’s bout of the year.
The 2012 season is finally over and, as it seems like the world is not going to end today after all, we've decided it's time to post the nomination thread for our fourth annual DNN Reader's Choice Poll.
On Monday, November 19, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association released the most recent update to its ruleset. Beginning on January 1, 2013, all WFTDA-sanctioned games must be played under the new ruleset. Download the new ruleset here.
BERLIN, GERMANY -- Despite following a tournament full of ranking upsets, it fell to the top two seeds to battle it out at the end of Track Queens: Battle Royal. Almost inevitably it was the London Rollergirls who came out as champions--and the 448-47 win for London Brawling over the Berlin Bombshells gave the Londoners their first trophy for two and a half years.
BERLIN, GERMANY--The penultimate bout of Track Queens: Battle Royal saw Edinburgh's fifth seed the Auld Reekie Rollergirls take on a three-seeded Stockholm side.
BERLIN, GERMANY -- The third game of day three of Track Queens may have only been for fifth place, but was arguably the most anticipated of the weekend so far. The tournaments biggest rising stars faced off--and Helsinki held off a late charge from Gent to take fifth with a 179-169 win, a result which saw both teams improve their initial placement by four.
BERLIN, GERMANY -- Leeds Roller Dolls faced off against Malmo's Crime City Rollers in the second game of day three of Track Queens in the battle for seventh place. The Rebel Roses went on a 68-4 run at the end of the first half before using the second half to prove that a good offence is indeed the best defence to hold on for a 152-115 win.