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June 3: Battle for the Boot XI!

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It all comes down to this, our 11th home team championship, Battle for the Boot XI! Saturday, June 3 will see the thrilling finale to Season 11, as the regular season champs, the Death Track Dolls, take on the reigning ToRD champs, the Chicks Ahoy! for the coveted Boot. In the warmup to the Battle that night, our farm team, the Vipers, will be hosting the Knockouts of Norfolk County Roller Derby (Simcoe, ON) at 5pm, and then the Championship game follows at 7. Advance tickets are on sale now online, and also at our ticket outlets.

How they got here

dollsThe Death Track Dolls finished the 2017 regular season in first place, going undefeated in the regular season for the first time since 2014 (their last Boot title year), but fell to the Chicks in the Quarterfinals. The Dolls are led by a strong veteran blocking core, including Dawson, DaSilva, Getcha Kicks, and Wheatabitch, not to mention a productive jammer rotation of Holly Rocket (regular season leader in points), Bat Ma’am, Ellen Rage, and Scrappy.  The Dolls were also bolstered by the return of double threat blocker/jammer Rainbow Fight, and some new faces — rookie and transfer — in Arrrguile, Fleetwood Smack, and Kate Silver. The Dolls are ready to go “Doll the Way” on June 3.

chicksMeanwhile, The Chicks Ahoy! finished the 2017 regular season in second place and are looking for a repeat of last year’s Boot victory. The Chicks second-place finish, due to a harrowing 1-point defeat at the hands of these same Death Track Dolls in the regular season, was avenged by their convincing win over the Dolls in the Quarterfinals, giving them a bye directly to the big game. A strong veteran core, led by returnees Boxcar (regular season leader in points per jam and lead percentage), Joss Wheelin, Francesca Fiure, and Vag Lightning, among others, and a power-packed jammer rotation composed of Banshee, Monster Muffin, Sleeper Hold, and Sammy Destruction, have combined to bring the Chicks back to the glory days of old. The Chicks are setting sail for the big game.

ToRD History in the Making

chicksThe Death Track Dolls are aiming for their 3rd win in as many appearances for the champs game, while the Chicks Ahoy! sport a 4-2 record in Battles for the Boot and are looking to expand their all-time lead. This will be the first time these two teams face each other in the Battle for the Boot in ToRD history. These two teams have already made history this season, with a 1-point Dolls win over the Chicks in the regular season. Another historical battle between these two teams is the perfect way to cap off ToRD’s 11th season. Let’s take a look back at our first ten Battles for the Boot before we write the 11th chapter.

2007, Battle for the Boot I: Gores 89 – Chicks! 53, Rinx Entertainment Centre

chicksThe very first Battle for the Boot happened late in 2007, so late, in fact, that our original home had already laid ice for the winter. No matter – we packed up and headed to North York for the first time, to Rinx. The first Battle was a relatively low-scoring affair, a back and forth battle ultimately captured by the Gore-Gore Rollergirls. Blog TO was there to commemorate the event, and you can read their recap here.

2008, Battle for the Boot II: Chicks! 114 – Gores 97, George Bell Arena

chicksIn 2008 ToRD was able to hold the second Battle for the Boot in our then-home, George Bell Arena. Another see-saw battle, this one featured multiple lead changes, including a late comeback by the eventual winners, the Chicks Ahoy!. In a sign of things to come, mainstream media covered the Final, including this CP24 recap that still exists online.

2009, Battle for the Boot III: Gores 129 – Betties 88, The Hangar

chicksIn mid-summer 2009, Toronto Roller Derby moved to Downsview permanently, first settling in the Hangar. After two seasons of six-team home season play, ToRD consolidated down to four, and for the first time, the Chicks Ahoy! were not in the Final, as they were defeated in the regular season by the second-place Smoke City Betties. The Betties had been on the rise for some time, and after this season concluded underwent a large rebuild, but in 2009 they gave the Gores all they could handle. The Gores survived, however, becoming the first ToRD team with two titles under their belts (which some skaters still wore in those days). Kevin Konnyu’s photos of the event on Flickr start here.

2010, Battle for the Boot IV: Gores 107 – Chicks! 31, The Hangar

chicksIn 2010, again at the Hangar, the Chicks returned to the big game, but the Gore-Gore Rollergirls Dynasty was in full effect. The Gores scored early and often, and didn’t allow the Chicks much breathing room on the track. By 2016 standards, the final score was still incredibly low, but in 2010 it was insurmountable, and the Gores nailed down a throrough victory to claim their then-league-leading third Boot, and in the process became the first ToRD team to win two titles in a row. Joe Mac was there, and in addition to shooting the action, he even wrote this recap which you can find here.

2011, Battle for the Boot V: Chicks! 111 – Gores 46, The Hangar

chicksThe 2011 Final was almost a mirror image of the previous year’s, as once again the Chicks! and Gores met in the final, only this time it was the Chicks! who dominated, and the Gores who were playing catch up all game. Having cruised through the regular season, the Gores earned a bye directly to the Final, but the Chicks! used their own momentum to buoy (ha ha!) themselves to the win, with a points cushion similar to that of the Gores in the previous year. Derby Nerd’s recap of the 2011 event, featuring a collection of photos from various ToRD photographers, can be found here.

2012, Battle for the Boot VI: Chicks! 196 – Gores 56, The Bunker

chicksIn late 2011, ToRD moved across Downsview Park into the Bunker, and 2012 was the year of the Chicks Ahoy!. For the first time – and only time until this season – the Chicks! finished in sole possession of 1st place, having previously tied the Gores for regular season wins on two occasions. 2012 was also historic, as it was the last time until 2016 that this classic Chicks!/Gores matchup occurred in the big game (and 2012 also marked the final call by original ToRD announcer, Crankypants). Much like in 2011, the Chicks dominated, putting up what was then the highest Championship game score in ToRD history, claiming their third Boot, and tying the Gores for the all-time lead. Little did anyone know that it would take until 2016 for one of these two teams to claim their fourth. Derby Nerd’s excellent recap can be found here.

2013, Battle for the Boot VII: Dolls 258 – Betties 73, The Bunker

chicks2013 was a year of big change in ToRD. First, the All-Star CN Power squad saw its members largely leave their home teams, in order to train exclusively for WFTDA action representing ToRD against the world. This power shift (heh) largely affected the previous top dogs, the Chicks! and Gores, the most, and the Dolls and Betties took full advantage. The Dolls were the last remaining home team to make an appearance in the Final, and having finished in last place in 2012, were well re-armed at the draft, and coupled with a strong veteran core, put together their first first-place finish and cruised to the Final. The Betties made their second Boot appearance, but were no match for the Dolls, who topped the year-old points record set by the Chicks!, and set a Boot record that still stands in their first title. Derby Nerd’s recap is here.

2014, Battle for the Boot VIII: Dolls 184 – Gores 139, The Bunker

chicks2014 saw more upheaval on ToRD rosters, as again the top players on the home teams largely left to play exclusively with CN Power. The Dolls, however put up a second consecutive undefeated regular season, and the Gores, after a one-year absence, returned to the Battle for the Boot. The 2014 edition proved to be one of the tightest in years, as the Gores kept it close throughout. In the end, the Dolls won their second straight title, joining the Chicks! and Gores as all having done so. Once again, Derby Nerd provides the recap here.

2015, Battle for the Boot IX: Betties 171 – Gores 140, The Bunker

chicksThey say that the third time’s the charm, but early on it didn’t look like it would happen – in fact, the Gores enjoyed a decent lead well into the second half. But a big pushback by the Betties – a team so long in its history that not only do they predate ToRD itself, but even begat the Gores ahead of the first season – led them to their first-ever title. (Catch the CityNews recap here, and read Derby Nerd’s recap here). With that big win, all four of ToRD’s teams have now claimed the coveted Boot.

2016, Battle for the Boot X: Chicks 164 – Gores 88, The Bunker

chicksSeemingly in honour of our 10th season, a classic matchup occurred between the Chicks Ahoy! and the Gore-Gore Rollergirls. Indeed, the Chicks and Gores had faced off in 5 of the first 6 title games, and this sixth matchup did not disappoint. (In fact, 2017 marks the first time the Chicks will face an opponent other than the Gores in the title game.) The Gores led halfway through the first half, as the Chicks endured penalty problems, but ultimately the team in green found their footing to take a 76-61 lead into halftime. The Chicks took control in the second, and completed their “worst to first” comeback (having gone winless in 2015) with a 164-88 victory to claim their fourth Boot title. For more about Battle for the Boot X, catch up with the Derby Nerd here.

2017, Battle for the Boot XI: ???

Who knows what will go down on June 3 – will the Dolls go 3 for 3 in the champs game, or will the Chicks! start a new Dynasty? You don’t want to miss this – get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available for $12 online or at our outlets (group discounts are available when purchasing online only in 4 and 10-packs) or you will be able to buy tickets at the door on game day for $18.

Chicks Ahoy! claim 4th Boot Title

Battle for the Boot X Champs

Chicks Ahoy! celebrate their 4th Boot – Photo by Neil Gunner

The air was electric at the Bunker on Saturday June 11 – the 10th Toronto Roller Derby league championship was about to get under way, and for the first time since 2012, ToRD’s two most-winningest teams, the Chicks Ahoy! and Gore-Gore Rollergirls, were going to go head to head in the Battle for the Boot. With a narrow regular season victory by the Chicks, and definitive win by the Gores in the Quarterfinal, the table was set for it to be Anyone’s Game™. But first, the ToRD skaters of tomorrow were taking the track, as the D-VAS were hosting Queen City’s Queens Court, up from Buffalo, in what can be viewed as a preview of Battles of the QEW to come.

And then all that electricity would appear to have conspired to mute the Bunker sound system (again) – only this time, the roar of the crowd – ably aided by the pipes on visiting announcer Jax – kept things lively and loud. The sound was back in full force by the latter stages of the D-VAS game, and the house only got louder as the night went on. The D-VAS have grown fast since we last saw them, and many of them had statement games looking ahead to the 2017 home team draft. The future of Queen City looks equally bright, however, and ultimately it was Queens Court who took the win in the opener, 204-142.

History was in the making for Battle for the Boot – the Chicks and Gores entered the night tied for the all-time lead in ToRD championships, so someone was going to walk away with the undisputed all-time lead. Both teams have championship experience on their rosters; Chronic, Jill Em All and Santa Muerte all date back to the Gores most recent title, while Biggley Smallz, Robber Blind (out with injury) and Tess D’Urb Evil (who wore the A for the Chicks this season) were all members of the Chicks’ 2012 Boot-winning team. Both teams even sport skaters who have previously won the Boot with a different ToRD team – the Gores’ Wackedher (Betties, 2015) and the Chicks’ Sleeper Hold (Dolls, 2014) – meaning that for the first time, a skater would be skating in the big game, and winning, for more than one ToRD team.

The first half started with the expected back-and-forth action on the scoreboard that comes from two immensely-talented rosters. In the early going, the Chicks appeared to be in penalty trouble (and indeed at halftime, the had 22 penalties accrued to only 8 on the Gores) as the Gore-Gore Rollergirls were pouncing. At halftime the Chicks had a tenuous 15-point lead, 76-61, and it looked like the second half was going to be more of the same – except somehow, even with the disparity on the whiteboard, the Chicks managed to build their lead. The Gores never stopped pushing, and kept fighting back to the end, but ultimately the Chicks prevailed and took their 4th Boot title by a final score of 164-88.

Immediately after the big game the teams awarded MVPS to one another. Here were the big winners:

  • Gores MVP blocker: Stabbey Road
  • Gores MVP Jammer: Wackedher
  • Chicks MVP Blocker: Joss Wheelin
  • Betties MVP Jammer: Boxcar

Recaps

The Derby Nerd has his writeup of the big game here, with all the details. More recaps will be added as they come!

Photos

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.
Paul Devisser’s 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 2016 videos”.

For the full experience, you’ll want to look for re-broadcasts of the Battle for the Boot (and the D-VAS game that preceded it) on Rogers TV. Featuring multiple camera angles, instant replay, and play-by-play and analysis by Derby Nerd and Mr Whistler, Rogers TV puts on a high-level production that you don’t want to miss! These games are not available online, and will only be viewable on Rogers TV. The premiere airdates for the Rogers broadcasts will be announced soon!

June 11: Battle for the Boot X!

Toronto Roller Derby 2016 Battle for the Boot X

It all comes down to this, our 10th (!) home team championship, Battle for the Boot X! Saturday, June 11th will see the thrilling finale to Season 10, as the regular season champs, the Chicks Ahoy!, take on the second place Gore-Gore Rollergirls for the coveted Boot. In the warmup to the Battle that night, our Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (D-VAS) will be hosting Queens Court of Queen City Roller Girls (Buffalo, NY) at 5pm, and then the Championship game follows at 7. Advance tickets are on sale now on Brown Paper Tickets, and also at our ticket outlets.

How they got here

chicksThe Chicks Ahoy! finished the 2016 regular season in first place, going undefeated in the regular season for first time since 2012 (their last Boot title year). A strong veteran core, led by returnees Biggley Smallz, Joss Wheelin and Rosemary’s Rabies among others, strong transfers from both within (Sleeper Hold) and outside of ToRD (Boxcar, Monster Muffin, Pink Slamminade) and an impressive crop of rookies led by Banshee, have combined to bring the Chicks back to the glory days of old. After suffering an upset to their Battle for the Boot opponents in the Quarterfinals, the Chicks bounced back with a decisive victory over the Death Track Dolls in the Semifinal, and are setting sail for the big game.

goresMeanwhile, The Gore-Gore Rollergirls return, once again, to the Battle For The Boot final, making their 9th appearance out of 10 Battles all time. The Gores second-place finish, due to a defeat at the hands of these same Chicks Ahoy! in the regular season, was avenged by their convincing win over the Chicks in the Quarterfinals, giving them a bye directly to the big game. The Gores are also led by a strong veteran blocking core, including Jill ‘Em All, Santa Muerte, and Viktory Lapp, and a four-headed jammer rotation monster of Beaver Mansbridge, Lexi Con, Murdercat! and WackedHer, and looked dominant in the Quarters. All signs point to one heck of a Battle on June 11.

ToRD History in the Making

chicksBoth of these teams have captured three Boot titles in our history, with the Chicks Ahoy! sporting a 3-2 record in Battles for the Boot, and the Gore-Gore Rollergirls going 3-5 in their previous eight appearances. In fact, over ToRD’s first six seasons, these two teams went head to head in five of the Finals. So, what better way to mark our historic 10th season, than a classic Battle for the Boot matchup? Let’s take a look back at our first nine Battles for the Boot before we write the 10th chapter.

2007, Battle for the Boot I: Gores 89 – Chicks! 53, Rinx Entertainment Centre

chicksThe very first Battle for the Boot happened late in 2007, so late, in fact, that our original home had already laid ice for the winter. No matter – we packed up and headed to North York for the first time, to Rinx. The first Battle was a relatively low-scoring affair, a back and forth battle ultimately captured by the Gore-Gore Rollergirls. Blog TO was there to commemorate the event, and you can read their recap here.

2008, Battle for the Boot II: Chicks! 114 – Gores 97, George Bell Arena

chicksIn 2008 ToRD was able to hold the second Battle for the Boot in our then-home, George Bell Arena. Another see-saw battle, this one featured multiple lead changes, including a late comeback by the eventual winners, the Chicks Ahoy!. In a sign of things to come, mainstream media covered the Final, including this CP24 recap that still exists online.

2009, Battle for the Boot III: Gores 129 – Betties 88, The Hangar

chicksIn mid-summer 2009, Toronto Roller Derby moved to Downsview permanently, first settling in the Hangar. After two seasons of six-team home season play, ToRD consolidated down to four, and for the first time, the Chicks Ahoy! were not in the Final, as they were defeated in the regular season by the second-place Smoke City Betties. The Betties had been on the rise for some time, and after this season concluded underwent a large rebuild, but in 2009 they gave the Gores all they could handle. The Gores survived, however, becoming the first ToRD team with two titles under their belts (which some skaters still wore in those days). Kevin Konnyu’s photos of the event on Flickr start here.

2010, Battle for the Boot IV: Gores 107 – Chicks! 31, The Hangar

chicksIn 2010, again at the Hangar, the Chicks returned to the big game, but the Gore-Gore Rollergirls Dynasty was in full effect. The Gores scored early and often, and didn’t allow the Chicks much breathing room on the track. By 2016 standards, the final score was still incredibly low, but in 2010 it was insurmountable, and the Gores nailed down a throrough victory to claim their then-league-leading third Boot, and in the process became the first ToRD team to win two titles in a row. Joe Mac was there, and in addition to shooting the action, he even wrote this recap which you can find here.

2011, Battle for the Boot V: Chicks! 111 – Gores 46, The Hangar

chicksThe 2011 Final was almost a mirror image of the previous year’s, as once again the Chicks! and Gores met in the final, only this time it was the Chicks! who dominated, and the Gores who were playing catch up all game. Having cruised through the regular season, the Gores earned a bye directly to the Final, but the Chicks! used their own momentum to buoy (ha ha!) themselves to the win, with a points cushion similar to that of the Gores in the previous year. Derby Nerd’s recap of the 2011 event, featuring a collection of photos from various ToRD photographers, can be found here.

2012, Battle for the Boot VI: Chicks! 196 – Gores 56, The Bunker

chicksIn late 2011, ToRD moved across Downsview Park into the Bunker, and 2012 was the year of the Chicks Ahoy!. For the first time – and only time until this season – the Chicks! finished in sole possession of 1st place, having previously tied the Gores for regular season wins on two occasions. 2012 was also historic, as it was the last time until 2016 that this classic Chicks!/Gores matchup occurred in the big game (and 2012 also marked the final call by original ToRD announcer, Crankypants). Much like in 2011, the Chicks dominated, putting up what was then the highest Championship game score in ToRD history, claiming their third Boot, and tying the Gores for the all-time lead. Little did anyone know that it would take until 2016 for one of these two teams to claim their fourth. Derby Nerd’s excellent recap can be found here.

2013, Battle for the Boot VII: Dolls 258 – Betties 73, The Bunker

chicks2013 was a year of big change in ToRD. First, the All-Star CN Power squad saw its members largely leave their home teams, in order to train exclusively for WFTDA action representing ToRD against the world. This power shift (heh) largely affected the previous top dogs, the Chicks! and Gores, the most, and the Dolls and Betties took full advantage. The Dolls were the last remaining home team to make an appearance in the Final, and having finished in last place in 2012, were well re-armed at the draft, and coupled with a strong veteran core, put together their first first-place finish and cruised to the Final. The Betties made their second Boot appearance, but were no match for the Dolls, who topped the year-old points record set by the Chicks!, and set a Boot record that still stands in their first title. Derby Nerd’s recap is here.

2014, Battle for the Boot VIII: Dolls 184 – Gores 139, The Bunker

chicks2014 saw more upheaval on ToRD rosters, as again the top players on the home teams largely left to play exclusively with CN Power. The Dolls, however put up a second consecutive undefeated regular season, and the Gores, after a one-year absence, returned to the Battle for the Boot. The 2014 edition proved to be one of the tightest in years, as the Gores kept it close throughout. In the end, the Dolls won their second straight title, joining the Chicks! and Gores as all having done so. Once again, Derby Nerd provides the recap here.

2015, Battle for the Boot IX: Betties 171 – Gores 140, The Bunker

chicksThey say that the third time’s the charm, but early on it didn’t look like it would happen – in fact, the Gores enjoyed a decent lead well into the second half. But a big pushback by the Betties – a team so long in its history that not only do they predate ToRD itself, but even begat the Gores ahead of the first season – led them to their first-ever title. (Catch the CityNews recap here, and read Derby Nerd’s recap here). With that big win, all four of ToRD’s teams have now claimed the coveted Boot, and while Smoke City won’t get a chance to repeat (after being eliminated by the Dolls in the playoffs) history is still in the offing on June 11, as either the Chicks! or Gores will take their fourth title for all-time supremacy.

2016, Battle for the Boot X: ???

Who knows what will go down on June 11 – will the Chicks! ride the tides of victory, or will the Dynasty re-emerge to take their first Boot since 2010? You don’t want to miss this – get your tickets now! Advance tickets are available for $12 online or at our outlets (group discounts are available when purchasing online only in 4 and 10-packs) or you will be able to buy tickets at the door on game day for $18.

Battle for the Boot X – Quarterfinals, March 12

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Our 2016 home team regular season wrapped up on February 20, and now we look ahead to the Battle for the Boot playoffs, which will culminate in Battle for the Boot X in June. Scroll down for a short recap of the regular season-closing doubleheader; first, what’s in store for the Quarterfinals!

This year, the Battle for the Boot Playoffs will follow a traditional Page Playoffs structure. First up, the Quarterfinals on Saturday March 12! In the first game at 5pm, the 3rd place Death Track Dolls face the 4th place Smoke City Betties; the winner will advance to the Semifinal on April 9. In the second game at 7pm, the 1st place Chicks Ahoy! play the 2nd place Gore-Gore Rollergirls; the winner will advance directly to Battle for the Boot X on June 11, while the other team gets a second chance to stay alive in the Semifinal against the winner between the Dolls and Smoke City. Doors open at 4pm, and the first whistle sounds at 5. Tickets are $18 at the door, or $12 in advance at our outlets or online here. There are also discounts when purchasing online tickets when you buy 4 or 10-packs.

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.

February 20 recap


February 20 Game 1: Death Track Dolls 224 – Smoke City Betties 132

Toronto Roller Derby March 12 2016

Kil’her at Large looks to get around the Dolls’ Bomber. Photo by Neil Gunner

Both these teams, who combined have captured the last 3 Battle for the Boot championships in a row, were looking for their first victories of the season. Smoke City got on the board first with a strong 10-0 jam by Caume-a-Kazi. On the very next jam, however, Getcha Kicks took advantage of a power jam for the Dolls and put up a 24-0 jam, putting the Dolls up 24-10 after 2 jams. Smoke City got within 2 points, but then another Dolls power jam allowed them to pull away again to 35-22 after 5 jams; halfway through the first half the Dolls lead had grown to 49-37. At points in the first half the Dolls had leads of up to 40 points but were not yet able to pull away; a big 27-4 jam by Caume-a-Kazi kept Smoke City in it going into the half down 101-85. In the second half, the Dolls started to pull away, going 36-4 on the first 5 jams to take a 137-89 lead. As the period went on, Smoke City’s short bench (due to injuries they started the game with only 11 skaters) began to take its toll, as both Jammerhead Shark and Mia Culprit fouled out, and the Dolls sealed the deal with their first victory of the season, claiming 3rd place in the standings.


February 20 Game 2: Chicks Ahoy! 180 – Gore-Gore Rollergirls 168

Toronto Roller Derby March 12 2016

Lexi Con (front) and Banshee (rear) both had huge games. Photo by Neil Gunner

For the first time since 2012, ToRD’s biggest rivals (historically speaking) were going head to head to settle first place over all in the standings, with both holding identical 2-0 records, and similar point differentials, going into the match. And boy did these two teams deliver. A classic battle that went down to the final whistle which had fans in the Bunker on the feet, featuring multiple lead changes in the second half. Why tell you about it when you can see it for yourself? This game was streamed live on layer9.ca with a full broadcast setup, and you can watch the archived footage, featuring Pink Slamminade and Mr Whistler on the call, on layer9.ca here.

And then make your way over to Brown Paper Tickets to pick up your tickets for the Quarterfinals on March 12. With rematches of this most recent doubleheader, you know this is going to be an event you do NOT want to miss!

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

Tickets:

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!

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 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.