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2016 Boot Semifinal April 9!

Toronto Roller Derby 2016 Battle for the Boot Semifinal

On Saturday April 9, the 2016 Toronto Roller Derby Playoffs continue at the Bunker at Downsview Park with the 2016 Battle for the Boot Semifinal, between the Death Track Dolls and the surging Chicks Ahoy!. Game 1 that evening will feature the future of Toronto Roller Derby, the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad (D-VAS) hosting the Fresh Meat squad from our neighbours down the way, Hammer City Roller Girls from Hamilton.

Game 1 – D-VAS vs Hammer City

This will be the first D-VAS game of 2016, and you know they are itching to draw first blood, as they take on Hammer City. As Toronto Roller Derby’s newest members, the D-VAS represent the future of ToRD (as Hammer City’s fresh meat represents theirs) and you might be witnessing the emergence of tomorrow’s all-stars! In fact, some members of the Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars who played at Quad City Chaos were on the D-VAS only last year. Don’t miss this chance to see the future of Toronto Roller Derby today!

Game 2 – The Semifinal – Dolls vs Chicks

Then in game 2, the 2016 Battle for the Boot playoffs continue with the Semifinal. The Death Track Dolls finished 3rd in the regular season standings (1-2), and in the 3-4 game of the 2016 Quarterfinals eliminated the 4th-place Smoke City Betties (0-3) to get to this game. Meanwhile, the Chicks Ahoy! finished in first place in the regular season going 3-0, and played the 1-2 game at the March 12 Quarterfinals. There the 2nd-place Gore-Gore Rollergirls (2-1) came out on top; the Chicks however live to fight another day, as they get another shot at advancing in this Semifinal. The loser will be done for the season, but the winner will advance to Battle for the Boot X in June.

What’s next? After the Semifinal, ToRD will be on a short break as we gear up for other events on the road, including Montreal’s Beast of the East. And then June 11, our home season all comes down to this, Battle for the Boot X, our 10th home team championship in this, our 10th season. The Gore-Gore Rollergirls have already qualified for the Battle for the Boot, making their 9th appearance in the big game (they only missed 2013). Who will they be taking on? To find out, be at the Bunker on April 9th for this thrilling Semifinal! Doors open at 4pm. Advance tickets available at our outlets, or on Brown Paper Tickets here. RSVP to the facebook event page for the Semifinal for up to the minute event updates!

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!

Final Season 10 Regular Season Matchups

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Our home teams jostle for placement in the regular season standings as they get ready for the Battle for the Boot playoffs, which start in March!

After another packed house on the 6th, including another special guest in the form of Donwsview councilor Maria Augimeri (who blew the opening whistle), and two great, tight games to continue the season. We saw the Gore-Gore Rollergirls continue their winning ways with a 183-138 victory over the Death Track Dolls, and then the Chicks Ahoy! won their second straight game, 200-137 over the Smoke City Betties. Torontoist covered the event in their Field Notes section, and we’ll add links to more recaps as they get published!

And now we get ready for the third (and final) home team doubleheader of the regular season. Our next event is on Saturday February 20th at the Bunker in Downsview Park, with the doors opening at 4pm, and the first whistle sounding at 5. Things will kick off with the Death Track Dolls (0-2) and Smoke City Betties (0-2) both looking for their first victories of 2016, and then it 7pm, what better way to celebrate ToRD’s 10th season than with a matchup between our biggest hometeam rivals, historically-speaking, as the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (2-0) and Chicks Ahoy! (2-0) meet to settle first place once and for all, heading into our playoffs in March. 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.

Season 10 Continues February 6!

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
We had an incredible opener on January 23rd, with a packed house, a special guest, and two great, tight games to kick off the season. We saw the Gore-Gore Rollergirls avenge their defeat in the 2015 Battle for the Boot with a 138-119 victory over the Smoke City Betties, and then the Chicks Ahoy! took their first home season victory in nearly 2 years, 134-109 over the Death Track Dolls. (The Derby Nerd has the complete recap here.) So let’s do this all over again, shall we?

Our next event is on Saturday February 6th at the Bunker in Downsview Park, with the doors opening at 4pm, and the first whistle sounding at 5. Our second doubleheader of the season starts with the Death Track Dolls (0-1) playing the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (1-0). Then, at 7pm, it’s the Chicks Ahoy! (1-0) taking on the Smoke City Betties (0-1). 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.

And, it’s not too late to get Season Passes for 2016 – save when you’re buying tickets for the entire season! 2016 is going to be special, and we’ll be celebrating our history all year long. Stay tuned for more announcements on some exciting initiatives!

2016 Season 10 Opener January 23!

Toronto Roller Derby Home Opener

Happy anniversary to us! Our 10th Season is upon us, getting underway on Saturday January 23rd at the Bunker in Downsview Park, with the doors opening at 4pm, and the first whistle sounding at 5. To celebrate Season 10, we are starting things off with a rematch of the 2015 Battle for the Boot between the Smoke City Betties and Gore-Gore Rollergirls! Then, at 7pm, it’s the Chicks Ahoy! taking on the Death Track Dolls. 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.

And, it’s not too late to get Season Passes for 2016 – save when you’re buying tickets for the entire season! 2016 is going to be special, and we’ll be celebrating our history all year long. Stay tuned for more announcements on some exciting initiatives!

2016 – Season 10 Passes On Sale Now!

Toronto Roller Derby 2016 Schedule Season 10

2016 ToRD Season Passes

Our 2016 season – Season 10! – gets rolling on Saturday January 23 at the Bunker with a home team doubleheader, which includes a rematch of the 2015 Battle for the Boot between the Gore-Gore Rollergirls and the Smoke City Betties, followed by the Chicks Ahoy! taking on the Death Track Dolls. Advance tickets for that home opener are on sale now on Brown Paper Tickets. Be sure to check the Season Schedule page for continued updates on our home season.

We know you’ve been waiting for this one – the 2016 Season Passes are on sale now too! The Season Pass gets you up to 7 admissions, including for the following events:

  • All 3 home regular season home team doubleheader events
  • Battle for the Boot Quarterfinals
  • Battle for the Boot Semifinal
  • ToRD Championship game,  Battle for the Boot X
  • *Bonus Punch*: Either bring a friend to one of the above events, or use it yourself for any additional applicable ToRD event!

ToRD season pass holders also receive discounted door admission on home events not listed above. All for the low low price of $75.00 (+ service fee). BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! If you purchase your season pass before January 4, 2016, you will save $10, and get all this for only $65.00 (+ service fee)! Season Passes make excellent stocking stuffers for holiday gifting, and of course make you super cool and stylish. They go with everything!

All single-game events listed on our schedule are subject to becoming doubleheaders, possibly featuring one of our travel teams – keep checking back for updates; as teams and games get confirmed they will be added to the schedule. Quad City Chaos will be ticketed separately from our Season Passes, and information about that weekend will be forthcoming at a later date.

2016 – Season 10 ToRD Home Schedule

Here’s the full 2016 Season 10 schedule:

Jan 23: Smoke City Betties vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Death Track Dolls
Feb 6: Death Track Dolls vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Smoke City Betties
Feb 20: Death Track Dolls vs Smoke City Betties & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls
Mar 12: 2016 Boot Quarterfinals (see below)
Mar 19-20: Quad City Chaos! (featuring 4 WFTDA teams, including your Toronto Roller Derby All-Stars – details TBA)
Apr 9: ***NEW DATE*** Boot Semifinal (see below) & game TBA
Jun 11: 2016 Battle for the Boot X
Jun 30: our 8th Annual Pride event!

Start times will be confirmed soon, so check the Season Schedule page for updates.

2016 Battle for the Boot playoffs

For Season 10, Toronto Roller Derby is adopting a page playoffs structure for the home team playoffs. Here’s how it works:

Quarterfinals: 3rd place team vs 4th place team, and 1st place team vs 2nd place team. The winner of 1st vs 2nd advances directly to Battle for the Boot X in June. The loser of 1st vs 2nd stays alive to play the winner of 3rd vs 4th in the Semifinal. The loser of 3rd vs 4th is eliminated.

Semifinal: The winner of 3rd vs 4th plays the loser of 1st vs 2nd. The winner advances to Battle of the Boot X, and the loser is eliminated.

Battle for the Boot X: The Winner of the 1st vs 2nd Quarterfinal plays the winner of the Semifinal for the right to claim the Boot, Toronto Roller Derby’s coveted trophy.

Playoff seedings: Teams are ranked in order of their win-loss records; in the event of any teams sharing the same win-loss record, score differential will be used as the tiebreaker.

2016 Home Team Draft – part 2

On Saturday, November 14, Toronto Roller Derby held the second stage of the annual draft to replenish home team rosters. Our home teams have now drafted to complete rosters, and are hard at work training for our historic 10th season, which will kick off in January. Here’s the newest members of our home teams:

CHICKS AHOY!
Draftees:
Boxcar
Pink Slamminade
Scandal Navian

DEATH TRACK DOLLS
Draftees:
Commander Will Wrecker
Gigawatts
Rubyfruit Rumble

GORE-GORE ROLLERGIRLS
Draftees:
Diebrarian
Murdermom!
Suzi ScalpHer

SMOKE CITY BETTIES
Draftees:
KAZI
{Red DELICIOUS}

This now completes the two-stage draft process for our 10th season (the first stage was held on August 14) and stay tuned for announcements regarding scheduling and tickets for 2016!