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Introducing the Vipers!

We’d like to introduce you to the newest members of ToRD. They updated their look last year, and this year they’ve got a new name to go with it. No longer are our rookies going by the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad. They’ve animorphed into a deadly predator, and are ready to sink their fangs into this coming season – so let us know if you’ve got what it takes to take them on.

The D-VAS are now the Toronto Vipers! Does your rookie team have what it takes to take on the Vipers? Please contact interleague@torontorollerderby.com.

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


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


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.

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!

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!

Chicks! vs Gores, plus D-VAS hosting Woodstock February 21st

Toronto Roller Derby Event 4

On Saturday February 21st, Toronto Roller Derby’s home team season continues, as the Gore-Gore Rollergirls take on the Chicks Ahoy! in the headlining game at 7pm. The Gores are currently unbeaten (2-0) after a couple of nail-biters, and are looking to lock up first place and a prime slot in the 2015 Battle for the Boot playoffs. The Chicks Ahoy are looking for their first victory of the season (0-2), having played two very hard-fought games so far this season. In the opener at 5pm, our rookie team, the D-VAS hosts the Woodstock Warriors, in what should be an epic grudge match, as the teams split their two games in 2014. As usual, doors at The Bunker will open at 4pm.

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!

D-VAS and Bruisers host Orangeville and Royal City February 7

Toronto Roller Derby Event 3

On Saturday February 7, Toronto Roller Derby hosts our first travel team doubleheader of the 2015 season. In the opener, The D-VAS host The Orangeville Fox Force Five, and then in game 2, our B Team The Bay Street Bruisers host the Royal City Brute-Leggers from Guelph, who are celebrating their new status as a full member of the WFTDA. As usual, doors at The Bunker will open at 4pm.

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!