Category Archives: 2014 Season

2014 End of Season Award Winners Announced

On Saturday November 15th, Toronto Roller Derby held its annual End of Season Awards night, where we recognized the best of what Toronto Roller Derby has to offer, both on and off the track. Here are the 2014 winners:

Top Jammer: Bellefast (Death Track Dolls)
Best Blocker (a tie!): Misery Mae (Smoke City Betties) and Biggley Smallz (Chicks Ahoy!)
Best Pivot: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Double Threat: Android W.K (Death Track Dolls)
Most Improved Skater: Block québécois (Death Track Dolls)
Rookie of the Year: Sleeper Hold (Death Track Dolls)
Best Boutfit: Catch-Up & Mus-ToRD
Best Newcomer: Devochka (Death Track Dolls)
Most Help Off the Track: Scarcasm (CN Power)
Encore Award (wins the after party): Vag Lightning (D-VAS)
Downright Awesome Award: Mr Force
Heart of Gold: Wencer
Roller Girl of the Year: Dusty (CN Power)

Top Jammer is based on statistics from the 2014 Season. Best Blocker and Best Pivot are fairly self-explanatory. Double Threat recognizes a skater who excels at both Blocking and Jamming, and Most Improved Skater recognizes a skater who has shown a noticeable growth and improvement in their skating. Rookie of the Year and Best Newcomer are similar, with an important distinction: Rookie of the Year recognized the best new skater who developed first and foremost as a ToRD member, and had not previously played for another full contact derby organization, while Best Newcomer recognizes a new skater who has transferred from another full contact league. (Devochka got her start with Durham Region Roller Derby.)

Most Help Off the Track goes to a skater who contributes strongly to the league behind the scenes. Scarcasm has been a true leader, as co-head of our league’s Testing and Training Committee, has helped train our newest members, helped run the Smoke City Betties’ bench for much of this season, all in addition to being a valued member of CN Power. The Encore Award (“winning the afterparty”) and Best Boutfit Awards are awards that represent the fun side of Toronto Roller Derby.

The Downright Awesome Award this season goes to Mr Force, who runs our online boutcasts, and has been recording trackside footage since almost the very beginning of ToRD. The Downright Awesome Award, named for its first recipient in 2009 (“Downright Dirty” Dawson) recognizes someone who makes a positive change in ToRD culture. This is also a pay-it-forward award, with each year’s recipient picking the winner the following year. previous winners of this award are:

  • 2009: Dawson
  • 2010: Speedin Hawking
  • 2011: Chronic
  • 2012: Babushkill
  • 2013: Betty Bomber

Wencer, also known as Mr Whistler, received the 2014 ToRD Heart of Gold Award, also known as the Crankypants Award (named in honour of our former announcer Cranky), which recognizes a non-skater for their contributions to the growth and development of ToRD. Previous winners of this award are:

  • 2012: Mr Force
  • 2013: The Reverend Ramirez

Retiring skater Dusty (aka Dust Bunny, aka Defecaitlin) is the recipient of the 2014 ToRD Roller Girl of the Year Award, and well deserved too. She’s been one of the main faces of Toronto Roller Derby for many years, and we’re going to miss her and all of her contributions. Before she hangs up the skates for the last time, she will be skating under her legal surname Watson for Team Canada at the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas in December. Thank you for everything, Dusty!

Congratulations to all the winners! Next up for ToRD, Friday November 21st will be our annual home team draft, when the Smoke City Betties, Chicks Ahoy!, Gore-Gore Rollergirls and Death Track Dolls restock their rosters in advance of the 2015 Season, which is just around the corner in January! Stay tuned for draft results this weekend!

Dolls Repeat as Battle for the Boot Champions

On Saturday October 18, The Death Track Dolls took home the Boot for the second year in a row, with a 184-139 victory over The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, in a game that went down to the wire.

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The game was a tight one all the way from beginning to end, as the Dolls scored the first 4 points of the game, and after a couple of scoreless jams, the Gores tied and then took the lead. It took the Dolls a couple of jams to tie themselves, and then retake the lead on a power jam. The Gores would tie the score a couple of times during the first half, but could never get back in the plus column, and at halftime the score was 95-65 for the Dolls. In the second half, the Gores would get as close as 19 points away, but no closer, while the Dolls weren’t able to pull away completely. After widening the lead a bit, the Gores were working on closing the gap in the dying minutes, and the clock ran out before they could get any closer. An amazing game from both sides, with both rookies and retiring skaters (more on that below) stepping up to leave it all on the flat track. The Bunker was rockin;, and you certainly want to catch the broadcast of this game on Rogers TV Toronto when it airs soon. Immediately following the game, MVPs for both teams were chosen by their opponents:

  • Gore-Gore Rollergirls: Kandy Barr (Blocker), Beaver Mansbridge (Jammer)
  • Death Track Dolls: Robotomy (Blocker), Bellefast (Jammer)

In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Smoke City Betties defeated the visiting Strking Vikings of Renegade Derby Dames (Alliston, ON) 237-167.

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Back row (L to R): Chevy ChaseHer, Roadside BombShel, Speedin Hawking, R.I. Pink, Audrey Hellborn, Rebel RockIt, Betty Bomber, Dusty. Front Row: (L to R): Motorhead Molly, Candy Crossbones, Kandy Barr.

Immediately before The Battle for the Boot, we gave tribute to this year’s retiring skaters. Thank you all for all of your contributions to Toronto Roller Derby. Some of you have been with us since the very beginning, and leave behind big skates to fill. You will all be missed!

Here’s the list of this year’s retiring skaters, not all of whom were able to be at the Bunker on Saturday. Listed by the year in which they joined Toronto Roller Derby.
2013: Motorhead Molly (CN Power)
2012: Chevy Chase-Her (Chicks Ahoy!, Bay Street Bruisers),
Chicken Sluggets (Death Track Dolls)
2011: Doris Doomsday (Chicks Ahoy!),
Roadside BombShel (Chicks Ahoy!)
2009: Speedin Hawking (Death Track Dolls, Bay Street Bruisers),
R.I. Pink (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
2007: Audrey Hellborn (Death Track Dolls, Bay Street Bruisers)
2006: Hoff (Chicks Ahoy!, Bay Street Bruisers, and CN Power),
Rebel Rock-It (Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Betty Bomber (Death Track Dolls, CN Power),
Candy Crossbones (Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Dyna Hurtcha (Smoke City Betties, Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Dusty (Gore-Gore Rollergirls, CN Power),
Demolition Dawn (Smoke City Betties, Death Track Dolls, CN Power),
Kandy Barr (Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Bay Street Bruisers).

 

This concludes the 2014 Toronto Roller Derby Season. Stay tuned for news about year-end awards, the upcoming draft, and the 2015 season!

Want to see the Battle for the Boot again? Or missed it the first time? (How could you!) You can watch the broadcast of the game on Rogers TV Toronto on Saturday October 25 at 8pm! The coverage includes instant replay, post-game interviews and play by play and commentary by Derby Nerd and Monichrome. Check that link for news on any further re-broadcasts. You can also watch Mr Force’s trackside footage (raw footage, no commentary) of the game on layer9.ca.

2014 Battle For The Boot!

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It all comes down to this: Toronto Roller Derby’s 8th annual home team Championship, The Battle For The Boot! After a long, hard-fought regular season, we are down to two teams who will duke it out on the flat track on Saturday October 18th at The Bunker.

dollsThe Death Track Dolls finished the 2014 regular season in first place, going undefeated in the regular season for the second consecutive year, and earned a bye directly to the final. Led by captains Getcha Kicks and Android W.K., the Dolls saw nearly half of their roster turn over from 2013. With a core of experienced skaters supplemented by a draft class that combined freshies and experienced transfer skaters, the Dolls surprised many by picking up where they left off in 2013, and return to the Battle for the Boot, for the second year in a row, and their second appearance all time. The last time the Dolls played a game that counted was back in May, so the question is, can they regain the momentum that carried them through the Spring, or will they be starting from scratch?

goresAfter a one-year absence, The Gore-Gore Rollergirls return to the Battle For The Boot final, their seventh appearance all time – in fact, 2013 was the only time the Gores haven’t qualified. Going 2-1 in the regular season, the Gores finished in second place, and on September 27 defeated the third-place Chicks Ahoy! in the Semi-Final, 152-97. (read The Derby Nerd’s excellent recap of the Semi-Final – which also featured the final D-VAS game of the year – here.) Captains Santa Muerte and Kandy Barr have been building up the Gores all year long to this moment, as they’ve gotten stronger with every game they’ve played, including a historic title at Montreal’s Beast of the East tournament in April that had some saying that 2014 is the Year of the Gore. Right now, including September’s Semi-Final win, momentum would appear to be on the Gores’ side heading towards the Final, but can they keep it up and dethrone the defending champion Dolls?

goresThere’s one way to find out, and that’s to be at The Bunker Saturday October 18 to catch it all live! This will be the final ToRD event at Downsview for 2014, and concludes our home season, so be sure you don’t miss out! And we’re not going to name names at this point, but every year in the off season, there are always a couple of skaters who retire. This could be your last chance to see some of them in action – make sure they know you care!

The Battle for the Boot goes at 7pm. First up at 5, the Smoke City Betties are hitting the track, hosting the Striking Vikings of the Renegade Derby Dames from Alliston, ON. This will also be the Betties’ final game of the year, as they finish out of the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Get there early to get a comfortable spot in the bleachers, or bring a blanket or chair for trackside viewing in the suicide seats! Doors open at The Bunker at 4pm.

Admission at the door at The Bunker will be $18.00, but $12.00 Advance Tickets are now available online on Brown Paper Tickets, and old-fashioned paper tickets (also $12.00) are available at the following outlets:

Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
Sonic Boom – 782 Bathurst St
Soundscapes – 572 College Street
True North Climbing Inc. – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

2014 Battle for the Boot Semi-Final!

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It’s the 2014 Toronto Roller Derby Battle for the Boot Semi-Final! After a hard-fought regular season, we’ve finally arrived at the playoffs! The two teams with the most all-time titles (3 apiece), the Chicks Ahoy! and the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, take the track at 7pm for the right to move on to the final, and try to add to their totals. When they met earlier this season the Gores came out on top 218-157, but that was way back in January. Both teams have trained hard all summer long and it’s all for grabs! The Gores have never missed the Battle for the Boot Playoffs, and the Chicks return after a 1-year absence. First whistle goes at 7pm.

First up at 5, the DVAS are hosting the South Simcoe Rebel Rollers from Barrie, ON. Get there early to get a comfortable spot in the bleachers, or bring a chair for trackside viewing in the suicide seats! Doors open at 4pm.

Admission at the door at The Bunker will be $18.00, but $12.00 Advance Tickets are now available online on Brown Paper Tickets, and old-fashioned paper tickets (also $12.00) are available at the following outlets:

Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
Sonic Boom – 782 Bathurst St
Soundscapes – 572 College Street
True North Climbing Inc. – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

Next up for ToRD: the 2014 Battle for the Boot Championship! Saturday October 18, the winner of the Semi-Final will face the Death Track Dolls at 7pm. Keep your eyes peeled for event details, you won’t want to miss that one!

2014 Home Season Standings

The 2014 Regular Season for our home teams wrapped up in June, and now we look forward to the Playoffs, and the 2014 edition of the Battle for the Boot! Let’s take a look back at how we got to this point.

2014 ToRD Regular Season Standings

G

W

L

PF

PA

+/-

dolls

Death Track Dolls

3

3

0

652

184

468

gores

Gore-Gore Rollergirls

3

2

1

498

454

44

chicks

Chicks Ahoy!

3

1

2

351

629

-278

betties

Smoke City Betties

3

0

3

334

568

-234

PF = points for, PA = points against

January 25, 2014

Gore-Gore Rollergirls 218 – Chicks Ahoy! 157

After both teams missed the 2013 Battle for the Boot final – the first time in ToRD history that neither team played in that game – the Gores and Chicks met to kick things off in 2014. In the Season Opener, the Chicks leapt out to an early lead, but by the halfway point of the first half, the Gores had gone ahead, and would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. At halftime, the Chicks were still in striking distance, down 91-82, but were unable to close the gap in the second, as the Gores took advantage of power jams and held on for the win. Numerous rookies and transfer skaters – and future fan favourties – made their ToRD home team debuts in this game, including Sneeky Dee and Hyena Koffinkat for the Chicks, and Lumberjack Flash and Guardian Paingel for the Gores, among others.

March 1, 2014

Chicks Ahoy! 159 – Smoke City Betties 139

The first game of a home team doubleheader featured 2013 Battle for the Boot finalists the Smoke City Betties facing the Chicks Ahoy! at the Bunker. Out to avenge their season-opening loss against the Gores, the Chicks came out strong, and in fact led for the entire first half, taking a 94-77 lead to the dressing room. But the Betties weren’t done, and led by jammers LowBlow Palooza, Kil’Her At Large, and new Betties Honey Boom Boom and Babushkill, the ladies in black and blue took the lead in the second, and swapped leads with the Chicks for the rest of the game. In the end, the Chicks came out on top by 20 points, in a game that had the building shaking and was the early contender for bout of the year.

Death Track Dolls 172 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls 79

The nightcap game pitted the 2013 Battle for the Boot champion Death Track Dolls against the Gore-Gore Rollergirls. The Gores jumped out to an early lead with some short and sweet 4-0 jams, but the Dolls took advantage of Gore penalty problems to take over the game midway through the first. A substantial 111-39 Dolls lead at halftime proved to be enough, as the Gores, led by blockers Full Deck and Machu Beatchu, slowed the Dolls scoring in the second, but were unable to break the Doll defense. Led by new jammers Devochka and Sleeper Hold, and with former Gore Just Jes (the former Aston Martini) in the red and white, the Dolls came away with the win.

April 5, 2014

April marked the ToRD debut of the March WFTDA rules update, which brought, among other things, the reduction of all penalties from 1 minute to 30 seconds in the box.

Death Track Dolls 208 – Smoke City Betties 70

This game served as a rematch of 2013’s Battle for the Boot, and with the roster overhaul on the Dolls, and the close Betties loss to the Chicks in March, a tight game was anticipated but it was not to be. The Dolls never trailed in this game, leading 119-26 at the half, and maintaining a similar gap until later in the game. The Betties pushed back in the second, both scoring more and giving up fewer points than they had in the first, but it was too late. The Betties changed up the jammer rotation, putting double threat Honey Boom Boom into the pack and giving SewWhat? the star more often. The Dolls were led by Devochka, who picked up 69 points, and 2013 draftee Chicken Sluggets finally made her Dolls debut as part of the rotation.

May 24, 2014

Death Track Dolls 272 – Chicks Ahoy! 35

In May, the 2-0 Dolls and 1-1 Chicks met in the 3rd game of the season for each team. The Dolls were without co-captain Getcha Kicks with a broken leg, and both jammers Chevy Chase-Her and Sneeky Dee were unavailable for the Chicks. The Dolls played their strongest, most even game of the season, yielding only 15 points in the first half and 20 in the second, rolling to victory. Blockers EmRaged and Tess D’Urb-Evil continue to shine for the Chicks, who also had Wheels of Misfortune making her Chicks debut in the game. On the other side, Block québécois and Wheatabitch made their first appearances in Dolls colours, and did not look out of place either.

June 7, 2014

Gore-Gore Rollergirls 201 – Smoke City Betties 125

It had been 2 months since their last game at The Bunker, but the Gores showed no sign of rust. Perhaps it was the remnants of their dramatic victory of the 2014 Beast of the East tournament in Montreal in April, but the Gores have been on the rise since the start of the season. The Betties started this one out on the right foot, taking an early 3-0 lead thanks to WackedHer opening the scoring. But on the very next jam Taranosaurus Rex picked up 10 for the Gores, and while it remained close through most of the first half – 59-40 Gores with 12 minutes to go – by halftime the Gores were up 101-53. The Betties started closing the gap with a 7-0 run to start the second, but a Betties jammer penalty led to an 18-8 jam for the Gores, and from there on out the Gores kept pace. While the Betties scored 22 more points in the second than in the first, the Gores came within 1 of matching their first half score, and that was the difference on a muggy night in June.

What it all means

When the dust settled, the Death Track Dolls had gone 3-0 for the second consecutive year, cinching first-place overall, and earning a bye to the 2014 Battle for the Boot Championship in October. The Gore-Gore Rollergirls (2nd place, 2-1) and the Chicks Ahoy! (3rd place, 1-2) will meet in the 2014 Battle for the Boot Semi-Final on Saturday September 27, with the winner moving on to the Championship game against the Dolls on October 18. The Smoke City Betties (0-3, 4th place) finish out of the playoffs for the first time since 2011. The Betties will have one further appearance at The Bunker this autumn, hosting the Renegade Derby Dames from Alliston, ON, in the undercard on October 18.

ToRD is back in action in September!

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After a long summer off of training and fun times, Toronto Roller Derby is back in action this month with two doubleheaders! On Saturday September 13, the DVAS are hosting the Dollinquents of Capital City Derby Dolls, of Ottawa at 5pm. Then at 7pm, our Bay Street Bruisers play their first home game in months, hosting the Muddy River Rollers, from Moncton, NB. We’ve been missing our fans all summer, and can’t wait to see you all trackside on the 13th!

Our official afterparty will be held at The Magpie Taproom, 831 Dundas St West, just 2 blocks west of Bathurst.

Admission at the door at The Bunker will be $18.00, but $12.00 Advance Tickets are now available online on Brown Paper Tickets, and old-fashioned paper tickets (also $12.00) are available at the following outlets:

Purple Purl  – 1162 Queen Street E
Rotate This  – 801 Queen Street W
Sonic Boom – 782 Bathurst St
Soundscapes  – 572 College Street
True North Climbing Inc.  – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

Keep your calendar open on Saturday September 27th for another ToRD doubleheader, including a DVAS bout, and the 2014 Battle For The Boot Semi-FInal!

CN Power is going to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs!

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CN Power, Toronto Roller Derby’s All-Stars, are heading back to WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs for the 2nd consecutive year! They’ve been tearing up the track all year, both at home and on the road, and go into Playoffs ranked 23rd in the world by the WFTDA, a fantastic achievement! (go here to see all the scores from 2014) But it’s not over yet – now they have a big trip ahead of them, as they head to Evansville to take on more of the WFTDA’s best, looking to improve on last year’s performance, when they finished 6th in the Division 1 tournament in Salem, Oregon. Those of us staying home in Toronto will be watching all the action on wftda.tv, and doing our own CN Power poses, as we cheer on the best that Toronto has to offer as they take on the world! Read on to learn more about Evansville and WFTDA Playoffs from the WFTDA:

 

The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced in July that Toronto Roller Derby’s CN Power has qualified for the 2014 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Evansville, Indiana, Sept. 19-21 as the 6th seed, their highest tournament seeding yet. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

The international WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Toronto in Evansville Sept. 19-21 to compete for a shot at advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November. The top three teams from each of the four international D1 Playoffs will attend Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honour: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

  1. London Rollergirls, London, England, UK
  2. Texas Rollergirls, Austin, TX, USA
  3. Windy City Rollers, Chicago, IL, USA
  4. Jacksonville Rollergirls, Jacksonville, FL, USA
  5. Ohio Roller Derby, Columbus, OH, USA
  6. Toronto Roller Derby, Toronto, ON, Canada
  7. Steel City Roller Derby, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  8. Nashville Rollergirls, Nashville, TN, USA
  9. Houston Roller Derby, Houston, TX, USA
  10. Arizona Roller Derby, Phoenix, AZ, USA

The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Evansville; at the Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; or at any of the WFTDA postseason events at wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on CN Power from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel, WFTDA.tv! Where will YOU be watching CN Power this September?

FOR MORE PRESS INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Kali Schumitz, WFTDA Public Relations – press@wftda.com

Juliana Gonzales, WFTDA Executive Director – 512-587-1859, juliana@wftda.com