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2015 Boot Semifinal May 23!

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Battle for the Boot Semifinal

On Saturday May 23, Toronto Roller Derby returns to the Bunker at Downsview Park for the 2015 Battle for the Boot Semifinal, between the defending champion Death Track Dolls and the Smoke City Betties. Game 1 that evening will feature the future of Toronto Roller Derby, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (DVAS) hosting Our Ladies of Pain from Royal City Roller Girls, from Guelph.

Game 1 – D-VAS vs Royal City

The DVAS are looking for their first win of 2015, having fallen previously to Orangeville’s Fox Force Five as well as the Waterloo Warriors. But the DVAS have been training hard and have some fearsome skaters on their roster, who are ready to take on what will certainly be stiff competition from Royal City. Make sure you’re there in time for this, the first game of our May 23 doubleheader, as the DVAS are not to be missed.

The Semifinal – The Dolls

Then in game 2, the 2015 Battle for the Boot playoffs continue with the Semifinal. The Death Track Dolls, courtesy of their 2nd-place finish in the regular season standings, earned a bye past the Quarterfinal and have been eagerly awaiting their opponent as they aim for a historic threepeat as Boot champions – a feat that no ToRD team has yet achieved. The Dolls (2-1) picked up where they left off after 2014, with a narrow 5-point loss to the 1st-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls the only blemish on their record. Led by captains Getcha Kicks and Robotomy, the Dolls have been idle in home season play since March, and eager to get back on the flat track.

The Semifinal – The Betties

Standing in their way, however, are the surging Smoke City Betties (1-2). The Betties also came out of the gate strong this season, with their own narrow loss (by 7 points) to the Gores, and came up 37 points short against the Dolls in March. But don’t let that record fool you – the Betties have turned it around from last year at just the right time, and as their thorough win in the Quarterfinal on May 2 (222-129 versus the Chicks Ahoy!) shows, and co-captains WackedHer and Kil’Her at Large have them firing on all cylinders. The Betties are looking to return to the Battle for the Boot Final for the first time since 2013, and the second time overall, in pursuit of their first Boot.

 

Waiting at the end of the rainbow, of course, are the 1st-place Gore Gore Rollergirls, who advance directly to the Final, bypassing the earlier playoff rounds. That’s right, the prize for winning the Semifinal will be having to face the regular season champs for the Boot on June 6. Whoever wins this Saturday has a bigger challenge coming their way!

The doors to the Bunker open to the public on May 23 at 4pm, with the DVAS hosting Our Ladies of Pain at 5, and then the Battle for the Boot Semifinal goes at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now, including discounts on groups of 4 and 10: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1021420

After the big game, join us for the official Semifinal afterparty, You Can’t Take Us Anywhere, at The Henhouse, 1532 Dundas St West!

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.

Bunker

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.

Bunker

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!

Bunker

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!

Bunker

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!