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Smoke City Betties win historic first Boot title

9th Battle for the Boot

Photo by Neil Gunner

During the opening game on Saturday June 6 you could hear a pin drop at the Bunker. That wasn’t solely due to the riveting Toronto All-Stars game that preceded the Battle for the Boot; unexpectedly, and with the worst possible timing, the sound system at the Bunker crashed and left us in silence. After determining it could not simply be restarted, our sound crew raced out to secure a replacement board, and with minutes to spare before the big game kicked off, we were back in business.

It didn’t stay quiet in the Bunker for long.

The Gore-Gore Rollergirls jumped out to an early lead, and in the early going it was all Gores all the time, as they never trailed in the first half, and went to the break with an 89-67 lead. Every time the Betties closed the gap, the Gores would follow that up with similar points on the following jam, and it looked like a 4th Boot (which would have given the Gores the all-time lead) was in store for the team with the spots.

The second half started off much like the first, and at one point the Gores led by as much as 30 points. The crowd, however, was electric – possibly boosted by a surprise appearance at the start of the second half by retired ToRD announcer Crankypants, who exhorted the crowd to Get Louder; not that they needed the advice. Every jam had the crowd on its feet and screaming at the top of their lungs, as if to make up for the relative quiet of the earlier game. With roughly ten minutes left in the game, the Betties had brought the score to within 3 points, and a timeout was called. On the ensuing jam, the Betties took advantage of a power jam and Smoka Cola put up 18 big roller derby points for the Betties’ first lead of the game, a lead they would not relinquish. The Gores fought them all the way to the final seconds, but in the end it was the Betties who came out on top, completing their long run through the playoffs with a thrilling come-from-behind victory, 171-140, and the first-ever Boot title for the Smoke Show.


9th Battle for the Boot MVPs

Photo by Mr Whistler

Immediately after the big game and the presentation of the Boot, continuing in the grand tradition of derby, the teams awarded MVPS to each other. Here were the big winners:

  • Gores MVP blocker: Jill ‘Em All
  • Gores MVP Jammer: Beaver Mansbridge
  • Betties MVP Blocker: Honey Boom Boom
  • Betties MVP Jammer: Smoka Cola


The Derby Nerd had his writeup of the big game here, with all the details.

Our friends from CityNews were on hand, and we present their recap here, which includes a quick post-game interview with the Betties’ titmouse and the Gores’ Santa Muerte:


As usual, the ToRD photographers were out in full force. Here are photo galleries that have come in so far (more will be added as they get posted):
Neil Gunner’s photo set may be found here.
Greg Russell’s photo set may be found here.
George Pelekis’ (aka TO Derby) photo set may be found here.

Broadcast and footage

Mr Force has his trackside footage available for viewing on Layer9.ca here. Make sure you look under “TORD 2015 videos”.

For the full experience, you’ll want to look for re-broadcasts of the Battle for the Boot (and the All-Star game that preceded it) on Rogers TV. Featuring multiple camera angles, instant replay, and play-by-play and analysis by Derby Nerd and Monichrome, Rogers TV puts on a high-level production that you don’t want to miss! The premiere airdates for the Rogers broadcasts are as follows:

Rogers Sports+ Channel 368/369 HD
Friday June 12 4:00pm (All-Star game) and 5:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

Toronto Rogers TV Channel 10/510
Saturday June 13 8:00pm (All-Star game) and 9:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

The Rogers TV broadcasts are not available online, so make sure you check your Rogers TV listings for future airdates!

June 6: The 2015 Battle for the Boot!

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Battle for the Boot

On Saturday June 6, the 2015 Toronto Roller Derby home team season concludes with the 9th annual Battle for the Boot at the Bunker at Downsview Park, between the first-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties, after their victory in the Semifinal on May 23. Game 1 that evening will be an exciting exhibition match featuring some of ToRD’s top talent, members of both our WFTDA charter team CN Power and our B team, the Bay Street Bruisers.

Game 1 – Bay Street Power!

CN Power has been largely playing on the road in 2015, and hasn’t played at home since Quad City Chaos in March. This will be possibly your last chance to see some of our All-Stars in action at home, before the WFTDA International Playoffs later this year. The Bay Street Bruisers meanwhile have been playing periodically at home, and of course their members are drawn from our other teams, but this is a great opportunity to see how they stack up. We’ll be mashing these two teams together for an exciting competition to get the ball rolling on June 6.

The Battle for the Boot – The Betties

Then in game 2, the 2015 Battle for the Boot playoffs conclude with the Championship game. The Smoke City Betties have been on a roll, first taking the Quarterfinal against the Chicks Ahoy! on May 2, and now upsetting the second-place Death Track Dolls 200-123 on May 23 to secure their spot in the Battle for the Boot. The Betties roster has largely remained intact this season, and put on an impressive performance in the Semifinal, but do they have what it takes to finally go all the way on June 6? This will be the third all-time appearance for the Betties in the Battle for the Boot final, and their first since 2013. Their other appearance in the Battle for the Boot was against this year’s opponent, the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, in 2009.

The Battle for the Boot – The Gores

Waiting patiently this whole time has been the regular season’s first-place finishers, the Gore-Gore Rollergirls, who by virtue of that finish earned a bye directly to the finals, bypassing the rest of the playoffs. While the Gores swept the regular season, 2 of those games, including a 7-point win over the Betties, went down to the final jam. The Gores roster has been just as consistent as Betties’, and with both teams at the top of their games right now, expect this one to be one for the record books. Will the Betties take their first Boot? Or will the Gores take sole possession of the all-time most titles by winning their 4th (and first since 2010)? There’s one way to find out, and that’s to be there on June 6!


The doors to the Bunker open to the public on June 6 at 4pm, with the CN Power / Bay Street Bruisers mashup at 5, and then the Battle for the Boot goes at 7pm. Advance tickets are available now, including discounts on groups of 4 and 10! Get yours today!

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!

2015 Boot Quarterfinal brings date change, venue change

Toronto Roller Derby 2015 Remaining Schedule Quarterfinal

Toronto Roller Derby is coming downtown for the 2015 Battle for the Boot Quarterfinal, now scheduled for May 2 at Ted Reeve Arena! Here’s what you need to know:

What’s the date?

While the Quarterfinal was originally set for May 9, a scheduling conflict has led us to change not only the date but also the location. Ticket holders and Season Pass holders will see the old date on their tickets, but there is no Toronto Roller Derby event on May 9, and tickets and passes will be honoured instead on Saturday May 2.

Where is Ted Reeve Arena?

Ted Reeve Arena is located at 175 Main Street at Gerrard – just south of the Main Street subway station on the Line 2 Bloor-Danforth line. There is ample, free parking on the premises. Ted Reeve Arena is a year-round sports complex, complete with permanent tiered seating and snack bar, where our skaters and fans will be easily accommodated. As usual, you can sit up in the stands or sit trackside – bring a blanket or folding chair if you prefer the latter! Toronto Roller Derby has held Clam Slam at Ted Reeve the past two years, and will be doing so again on June 25 for this year’s edition.

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Who’s playing on May 2?

This event marks the first time since 2009 that Toronto Roller Derby is hosting a home team event in a hockey arena – we’re going back to our roots for this one! And what better way to do that than to bring you the first event of the 2015 Battle for the Boot Playoffs. The Quarterfinal is a new addition to our playoff structure this year, and pits the regular season 3rd and 4th-place teams – the Smoke City Betties and Chicks Ahoy!, respectively – going head-to-head, with the winner advancing to the Semifinal on May 23, where they will take on the the 2nd-place Death Track Dolls.

The second game of the night will feature ToRD’s B team the Bay Street Bruisers hosting Plan B from Tri-City Roller Derby. Thus far in 2015, the Bruisers have a perfect 4-0 record, and are looking to continue that run against a tough opponent from Tri-City.

4pm: Doors open

5pm: Smoke City Betties vs Chicks Ahoy! 2015 Boot Quarterfinal

7pm: Bay Street Bruisers vs Tri-City Plan B


Advance tickets are available at the following ticket outlets for $12:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street
  • True North Climbing  – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

Online advance tickets are available here, also $12 (with discounts on 4-packs and 10-packs).

Tickets will also be available at the door for $18 – so get yours in advance and save!
Stay tuned for more details about this exciting event as they become available!

Betties and Dolls wrap up home team Regular Season March 7th

Toronto Roller Derby Event 5

The Gore-Gore Rollergirls have already wrapped up first place in our home team regular season with their victory over the Chicks AHoy! on February 21st. Still up for grabs, however, are second and third place, and that – along with the playoff seedings – will get settled on Saturday March 7, when the Death Track Dolls (1-1) and Smoke City Betties (1-1) hit the track. Whichever team comes out on top will secure a second-pace finish, while the other will settle for 3rd. We know this is going to be a heck of a battle on the flat track – consider this: while both of these teams were defeated by the Gores earlier this season, the Dolls only lost by 5 points, and the Betties only by 7. We’re in the throes of possibly the tightest ToRD home season ever, and this game will not disappoint!

Please note the special start time for this event: Doors open at 6pm, and the game gets underway at 7.

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our food vendor(s) and afterparty details for the night.

Get your tickets online HERE or at one of the following ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street
  • True North Climbing – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

As usual, advance tickets are $12, and they are $18 at the door. Coming with a group? Use our online ticket options for group discounts! Bring your friends!

2015 Home Season Continues January 31

Toronto Roller Derby Home Opener

Our home season continues on Saturday January 31 with another home team doubleheader. Season 9 started with a bang this past Saturday with a rematch of the 2014 Battle for the Boot, and the Death Track Dolls and Gore-Gore Rollergirls did not disappoint. In a game riddled with lead changes and tie scores, this game had the fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The Gores went into halftime with only a 4 point lead, and pulled off the victory in the end 151-146, ToRD’s tightest game in recent memory, and the first Dolls home loss since 2012. In the second game, the Betties made some noise with an explosive performance, firing on all cylinders, and won for the first time since 2013 with an impressive win over the Chicks, 238-117. CTV News Toronto was there, and covered our league’s search for a new home. See that video clip here.

And now our home season continues on Saturday January 31 with another home team doubleheader. Doors will open at 4pm, and the first game will get underway at 5, with both the Death Track Dolls and Chicks Ahoy! looking for their first victories of the season. Then at 7, our two unbeaten foes are the Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties. By night’s end, only one of our teams will be undefeated – who will it be? You’ll have to be at The Bunker to find out!

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our food vendor(s) and afterparty details for the night.

Get your tickets online HERE or at one of the following ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street
  • True North Climbing  – 75 Carl Hall Rd, Unit 14

As usual, advance tickets are $12, and they are $18 at the door. Coming with a group? Use our online ticket options for group discounts! Bring your friends!

Toronto Roller Derby rolls into 9th season



Toronto Roller Derby’s 9th Season Begins Saturday January 17th at the Bunker, in Downsview Park – But will the season end there?

TORONTO -Toronto Roller Derby (ToRD) kicks off its 9th season this Saturday Jan. 17 at 5 pm at the Downsview Park Bunker with a doubleheader featuring Toronto’s beloved home teams; last season’s league champions the Death Track Dolls, plus The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, The Smoke City Betties, and Chicks Ahoy!

The first game begins at 5 p.m. with The Gores and The Dolls battling once again. They last met in the 2014 Battle for The Boot (our championship game), in which the Dolls came out on top. Fur will fly and blood will splatter in this rematch. Then at 7 pm, it’s the shakedown between The Chicks and The Betties. With new draft picks, new lines and off-season training the Chicks will be working to anchor a secure win, but this season’s Betties are scrappier and armed with a new game. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire; can the seafaring Chicks douse the flames?

ToRD’s Jan. 17 season opener marks the start of six months full of competitive roller derby action, with some of the toughest athletes in the GTA donning their roller skates and showing you what heart is. The largest flat-track roller derby league in Canada, ToRD is made up of over 120 active skaters who compete locally and internationally, including 40 skaters under the age of 18 in our affiliate Junior league, Toronto Jr. Roller Derby (TJRD). The skaters you see on the track are the same that serve on our Board of Directors, coordinate our bouts, book the halftime shows, sell t-shirts, set up the stands and publicize each game.

Our 9th year promises to be the toughest one yet. Our current home is at Downsview Park, fondly known as The Bunker amongst our fans, but new demands on the space and changes in the Park have us searching for a new home. This means that come April, as our playoffs begin, our league will be without a space in which to practice and play.

“Roller derby is like nothing else. Since it came to Toronto it’s consistently grown, attracting new skaters, fans and volunteers. It has truly changed the lives of so many people who have been involved over the years. In order to continue to engage so many people in our city with this unique sport, we need a space we can do that in,” said ToRD President Mazel Tough, who skates with The Betties.

Skaters have been working around the clock to save the 2015 season and find ToRD a new home, but we have yet to find a good fit. With so many sports and community groups vying for space to play and gather, coupled with the high costs of renting appropriate space, carving out a place for roller derby has proven to be a difficult challenge. So now we’re asking you for help. If you rent, own, sell or use space that meets the following requirements please get in touch with us at pr@torontorollerderby.com

What ToRD needs:

  • Roughly 20,000 square feet for bouting space (room for fans and vendors) for up to $10,000 per month
  • Accessible fan seating and washrooms for capacity of 1500-4000
  • Good air quality and lighting
  • Space for vendors and sponsors’ signage
  • Location must be within the City of Toronto with TTC access and parking available

“We (ToRD) are really hopeful that the community in Toronto who support what we do will rally to help us find a space to keep doing what we do. Because what we do is pretty amazing, empowering and great to watch,” said Mazel Tough.

Help us make sure we make it to season 10 and we’ll keep the good times rolling – literally.

– 30 –

Media Contacts:
Mazel Tough (aka Elissa Hermolin elissahermolin@hotmail.com 647-280-3593)
Android W.K. (aka Nicole Maxwell)
Photos available upon request.

Event Details:
Address for The Bunker: 40 Carl Hall Road, Studio 3
Doors open at 4 p.m.
First bout Gores/Dolls starts at 5 p.m.
Second bout Chicks/Betties starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets available at the door for $18 or advance purchase online for $12
Licensed Event
After Party: Two Bite Saloon (840 Bloor St. West) @ 10:30 pm