Category Archives: 2009 Season

Happy Holidays from ToRD

Happy Holidays!

ToRD would like to thank all the fans that helped make our first season at Downsview an amazing success. We couldn’t do it with out you! Hope to see you back in 2010 for another hard-hitting, skaterific season!

A big shout out and thanks to all the skaters, refs and volunteers that give their all to the game. We love you!

Gore-Gore Rollergirls Take the Boot!

The setting: Downsview Park. Quiet. Isolated. Remotely located north of Toronto. From 4pm onward, cars slowly creep over to one of the buildings at 75 Carl Hall Rd. Passengers disembark loaded TTC buses and patiently gather by the door. Inside, ladies stretch, decorate, set up, skate.

Around 7pm the sh*t hits the fan.

A crowd of over 1100 cheers wildly as the Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties enter the track, each team thrilled and determined to win the Boot. The Gores are looking to reclaim the trophy they won in 2007, but lost in 2008, while the Betties want payback for their only loss this season.

The whistle blows and their off! A hard-hitting, fast skating period ensues, with each team giving as good as they got. The Gores gained a lead early on in the first period, and skated hard to keep it. The Betties, not to get discouraged, gave it their all and started dishing out hits left, right and center, to the thunderous roar of the crowd. The period ended with the Gores ahead 62 – 41 with a skater in the penalty box for each team.

There was much resting and strategic planning over halftime. The crowd remained entertained by the supreme breakdancing skillz of the Fly Antics Crew. The merch line was overwhelmed with people craving their own little piece of ToRD. Before you knew it, halftime was over and it was time for the final half.

Skating their hearts out, both teams clammoured for the winning spot. The Betties came on strong early in the second half, trying to close the gap on the Gores, who retaliated in the following jams to increase their lead. The Gores held their lead through to the end, but not without difficulty – the Betties kept right on them, forcing everyone to put out their best. The last whistle blew and the crowd went wild! Gores take the boot, 129-88.

CONGRATULATIONS to the Gores on their win in an action-packed 2009! You gave it your all and it paid off.

Gore-Gore Rollergirls take the Boot!
Above photograph taken and provided by David Artemiw. For more photos from the bout, visit his website.

Re-live the excitement by watching the bout, thoughtfully recorded by Layer9:
Watch the first period
Watch the halftime show
Watch the second period

Training Camp Wrap Up

The Training Camp held by ToRD was truly a success in that we had three extremely qualified trainers that simply were amazing: Jacki Daniels, Racer MCChaser and Pauly. Over 73 participants from Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Ottawa, Montreal and Michigan hailed the Downsview hangar for Drills and skills and spills.

Derby Crafts and Rock N Roll Karaoke!

Come hang out with the Dolls at our annual Christmas Party!!

As expected there will be plenty of contests and raffle prizes, but, even better, there will be lots of awesome hand-made derby themed stocking stuffers for sale. We’ll have a portrait studio set up so wear your ugliest winter sweaters

The Great Canadian Roller Derby Training Camp is Upon Us!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the time has come!

This Saturday and Sunday, your Toronto Roller Derby League is proud to present The Great Canadian Roller Derby Training Camp! Two full days jam-packed with non-stop pushed-to-your-limits awesomeness, held in our local home at Downsview Park.

Jackie Daniels (Team Awesome), Racer McChaser (Detroit Derby Girls) and Coach Pauly will be putting attendees through their paces, with a full schedule from 8:30 – 5:30 each day, packed with yoga, core training, hours of skating clinics, and scrimmages.

It’s not just your beloved ToRD family attending Camp – skaters from across the nation and our friends down south will be trekking in for a couple of glorious days of pain and exhilaration.

Stay tuned for camp updates

2009 Championship Bout

Whew! Has 2009 been THE season for Toronto Roller Derby or what?!?

The league moved up here to The Hangar at Downsview Park, and it’s been mayhem all summer. (Rest assured, there will be derby through the winter, too!) The action has been fierce, and every single bout has been down to the last few jams. I’ve been telling you all season that a bout can change hands in no time; after the Death Track Dolls came from a 30-point deficit in the second half of ToRD