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#18 Atlanta Holds Off #23 Kansas City

ATLANTA, GA -- Atlanta continued their march up the WFTDA South Central rankings by taking down the second-ranked team in the region in a close one that turned mostly on a fatal series of jammer penalties for KCRW -- and some effective power-jam exploitation by Atlanta -- right at the end of the first half.

Rocky Takes 2, Drops 1 in PNW Swing

#5 Rocky Mountain 144, #7 Rat City 107 -- Rocky Mountain became the first team this year to escape a trip to the Pacific Northwest with a winning record by taking out Seattle's Rat City in the last game of a three-game weekend. They had to mount a massive late-game surge to do it, though.

Preview: #23 Kansas City @ #18 Atlanta

ATLANTA, GA -- A critical South Central rankings clash goes down in Atlanta this evening as the Kansas City Roller Warriors (officially #2 in the WFTDA South Central division, #23 nationally via DNN) take on Atlanta (officially #3 in the WFTDA SC, #18 nationally via DNN).

Preview: #13 Boston @ #25 Montreal

MONTREAL, QC -- Montreal hopes to continue their meteoric rise up the WFTDA Eastern Region ranks when they play host to Boston this weekend in a bout that has the potential to be one of the best of a very busy weekend of derby.

Weekly Rollup and Open Thread, 5/21/2010

Very busy weekend for bouts has left us with not too much time to build the link queue, so just four this Friday:

Preview: Midwest Brewhaha

MILWAUKEE, WI -- This Saturday and Sunday, Milwaukee's BrewCity Bruisers host the Midwest Brewhaha, a two-track, 20-bout event featuring 11 WFTDA sanctioned and 6 WFTDA regulation bouts, many with potential WFTDA tournament seeding implications.

RMRG Embarks On 3-Game PNW Tour

This weekend, Rocky Mountain (#3 W WFTDA, #5 DNN) hits the Pacific Northwest to take on three top-ten teams in a series that has the potential to solidify or seriously shake up the WFTDA Western Region rankings.

Preview: #4 Denver at #21 Duke City

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – This Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center, fans will get to see the first bout between the Denver Roller Dolls’ Mile High Club and Duke City Derby’s Muñecas Muertas since the Four Corner Feud tournament in Colorado Springs in February 2009.

Weekly Rollup & Open Thread, 5/14/2010

Two weeks of link action, since last week's edition fell victim to Friday travel: First episode of Gotham's TV experiment is online in its entirety -- really good mix of bout action and skater interviews.

Preview: #2 Oly @ #13 Boston

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Derby Dames’ May 15th bout brings the Oly Rollers’ Cosa Nostra Donnas all the way from Olympia, Washington to Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, MA.  The Oly ladies made a lot of noise last season when the team with less than a year of WFTDA-sanctioned bouting experience swept their regular season.

Move Over, ECE: It's Bigger Down Under

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA -- The first major modern roller derby event in the southern hemisphere is shaping up to be the biggest anywhere, displacing the annual East Coast Derby Extravaganza from its traditional role as the derby calendar's monster.

2010 Spring Roll Recap

Women's Track Championship Bout: #12 Detroit 109, #16 Steel City 82 -- #16 Steel City put up an impressive fight against tournament favorites #12 Detroit, and held a lead with under 15 minutes to play, but Detroit managed to string a series of late-game jam wins together to escape with a deceptively large 27-point victory and the 2010 Spring Roll women's title.

Preview: Team Legit at San Diego Derby Dolls

Team Legit returns to the bank, this time taking on the San Diego Derby Dolls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds after a narrow 133-127 loss to the L.A. Derby Dolls Ri-Ettes in March, as the two teams get a chance to size up one another as a prelude to Battle on the Bank III.

Preview: Spring Roll 2010

FORT WAYNE, IN -- After a 2009 hiatus, one of the earliest annual tournaments -- Fort Wayne's 2007 and 2008 Fall Brawl -- comes back with a seasonal change and a name change.

Preview: #3 Texas @ #4 Denver

BROOMFIELD, CO --  In this historic double-header, new defensive strategy will meet the old school of hard knocks as Denver meets the founders of modern flat track derby, Texas, for the first time.

Weekly Rollup & Open Thread, 4/30/2010

Sigh. Just like Star Trek, modern derby has its very own Mirror Universe.

Funding DNN in 2010: Open Letter

Back at the start of the derby year, March 27 didn't really stand out on the calendar. It wasn't a major event or tournament weekend; while there were a couple of interesting bouts scheduled, there weren't any top-10 showdowns; it wasn't clear that live coverage would be available from any more than one or two bouts. Just another Saturday.

Ventura Hosts Battle for the Coast Tournament

The Ventura County Derby Darlins host their fourth annual Battle For The Coast this weekend, featuring 12 teams from 10 West Coast leagues, ranging from San Diego to Anchorage, AK.

Weekly Rollup & Open Thread, 4/23/2010

Stop the presses: instead of jumping to conclusions from a first viewing, a sports journalist (Matt Goisman of the Sports of Boston blog) goes back to check out the Boston Derby Dames from a sporting perspective and finds out stuff we already know.