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Battle for the Boot XI — Quarterfinals, April 8

ToRD Season 11 Quarterfinals

Our 2017 home team regular season wrapped up on March 4, and now we look ahead to the Battle for the Boot playoffs, which will culminate in Battle for the Boot XI in June.

This year, the Battle for the Boot Playoffs will follow a traditional Page Playoffs structure. First up, the Quarterfinals on Saturday April 8! In the first game at 5pm, the 3rd place Smoke City Bandits face the 4th place Gore-Gore Rollergirls; the winner will advance to the Semifinal on May 13. In the second game at 7pm, the 1st place Death Track Dolls play the 2nd place Chicks Ahoy!; the winner will advance directly to Battle for the Boot XI on June 3, while the other team gets a second chance to stay alive in the Semifinal against the winner between Smoke City and the Gores. 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.

NOTICE: The Line 1 subway will be closed between St. George and Downsview this weekend so fans should plan accordingly.

ToRD Marches 4th towards Playoffs

Toronto Roller Derby 11th seasonWith each team two games into the season, Toronto Roller Derby wraps the regular season on Saturday March 4 with another home team doubleheader. Playoff implications are in the air, with the undefeated Death Track Dolls (2-0) taking on the Smoke City Bandits (1-1) in the opener, and the Chicks Ahoy! (1-1) facing the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (0-2) in game 2. Final playoff positions are still undecided for all four teams, with the Quarterfinals coming April 8. Here’s a look at where things stand ahead of this Saturday’s doubleheader:

2017 ToRD Regular Season Standings*

* = through February 11

G

W

L

PF

PA

+/-

dolls

Death Track Dolls

2

2

0

388

245

143

chicks

Chicks Ahoy!

2

1

1

406

235

171

bandits

Smoke City Bandits

2

1

1

242

365

-123

gores

Gore-Gore Rollergirls

2

0

2

204

454

-395

PF = points for, PA = points against

After Win-Loss record, the tiebreaker in the standings is point differential, aka +/-. For example, currently the Chicks Ahoy! and Smoke City Bandits have identical Win-Loss records, but the Chicks Ahoy! own a superior point differential, in fact, even better than that of the first-place Death Track Dolls. If the Chicks win this weekend and the Dolls lose, that advantage could bump the Chicks into first, depending on the point spreads this week. Similarly, should the Gore-Gore Rollergirls beat the Chicks, and if the Dolls beat the Bandits, there would be a three-way tie for second, sorted out by point spreads. There’s going to be a lot of math this weekend!

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 10-packs!

Ticket outlets:

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates for the night!

ToRD takes it to 11 on 2/11!

Toronto Roller Derby 10th season
Season 11 opened on January 21st, with a packed house and big wins for the Death Track Dolls and the Chicks Ahoy! (The Derby Nerd has the complete recap here.) You want more? We’re bringing you more, as we take it to 11 on February 11.

Our next event is Saturday February 11th 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 (1-0) playing the Chicks Ahoy! (1-0). Then, at 7pm, it’s the Gore-Gore Rollergirls (0-1) taking on the Smoke City Bandits (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.

Tickets are now available at outlets!

  • Purple Purl – 1162 Queen Street E
  • Rotate This – 801 Queen Street W
  • Soundscapes – 572 College Street

Follow the facebook event page for this doubleheader for up-to-the-minute updates on our vendors and afterparty details for the night.

And, it’s not too late to get Season Passes for 2017 – save when you’re buying tickets for the entire season!

2017 Season Schedule and Passes!

Toronto Roller Derby 2017 Schedule Season 11

2017 ToRD Season Passes

Season 11 starts Saturday January 21 2017 at the Bunker with a home team doubleheader, as last year’s second-place team the Gore-Gore Rollergirls take on the Death Track Dolls, and then the 2016 Battle for the Boot champions Chicks Ahoy! take on the newly-minted Smoke City Bandits. Advance tickets for that home opener will be on sale soon! Be sure to check the Season Schedule page for continued updates on our home season.

At long last, the 2017 Season Passes are on sale now! The Season Pass gets you up to 9 admissions, up from last year’s 7, including the following events:

  • All 3 home regular season home team doubleheader events
  • 2 travel team events in March and April
  • Battle for the Boot Quarterfinals
  • Battle for the Boot Semifinal
  • ToRD Championship game, Battle for the Boot
  • *Bonus Punch*: Either bring a friend to one of the above events, or use it yourself for any additional applicable ToRD event, including to-be-announced events later in the season!

We’re pleased to offer 2017 Season Passes for the same great rate as 2016 even with two additional events! Get your Season Pass for $75.00 (+ service fee). EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! If you purchase your season pass before January 1, 2017, 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 the best ToRD supporter ever. They go with everything!

Starting with Season 11, Toronto Roller Derby is using Event Brite for our online tickets provider. Visit our Event Brite listing at any time to see all currently available ticket and passes.

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. Some matchups for our travel team events will be announced closer to the event dates, and we anticipate adding more events during the warmer weather!

2017 – Season 11 ToRD Home Schedule

Here’s the 2017 Season 11 schedule:

Jan 21: Death Track Dolls vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Smoke City Bandits
Feb 11: Chicks Ahoy! vs. Death Track Dolls & Gore-Gore Rollergirls vs. Smoke City Bandits
Mar 4: Death Track Dolls vs Smoke City Bandits & Chicks Ahoy! vs. Gore-Gore Rollergirls
Mar 25: Vipers and All-Stars vs TBA
Apr 8: 2017 Boot Quarterfinals (see below)
Apr 22: All-Stars vs TBA
May 13: Boot Semifinal (see below) & game TBA
Jun 3: 2017 Battle for the Boot

Start times will be confirmed soon, and we expect to be adding dates for later in 2017, so check the Season Schedule page for updates.

2017 Battle for the Boot playoffs

Toronto Roller Derby is continuing to employ 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 the Battle for the Boot 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 the Battle of the Boot, 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.

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2017 Home Team Drafts now complete!

Toronto Roller Derby held its 2017 home team drafts in two stages, on August 12 and November 12, and our home teams are now replenished for Season 11, kicking off in January 2017. (Stay tuned for schedule and ticket info coming soon!) In addition to a fresh crop of rookie and transfer skaters making their way to our home teams, we also have a couple of returning skaters, plus some intraleague transfers. Here’s the lowdown on who went where in our two-stage draft.

August Draft – stage 1

CHICKS AHOY!
Draftee:
Georgia O’Grief
Transfer skater: Noodle Kaboodle

DEATH TRACK DOLLS
Draftees:
Arrrguile
Candy Crunch
Scrappy
Transfer skater: Brickhouse Bardot

GORE-GORE ROLLERGIRLS
Draftees:
Mina Von Tease
Psycho Magnet
Thighlight of Your Life

SMOKE CITY
Draftees:
Boba Fatale
Crash Landing
Hell Girl
Killa Hurtz
Pikacheek
Viris
XS

November Draft – stage 2

CHICKS AHOY!
Draftee:
Sherblock
Returning skater: Sammy Destruction

DEATH TRACK DOLLS
Draftees:
Fleetwood Smack
Hellvetica
Kate Silver
Returning skater: Rainbow Fight
GORE-GORE ROLLERGIRLS
Draftees:
EM-C Slammer
Flapjack Tango
Hatin McWrath
Transfer skater: Commander Will Wrecker

SMOKE CITY
Draftees:
Brawnson
Helena Beat’em Harder
Jessica Rabid

Transfer skaters are those that moved from one home team to another in this off-season; Returning skaters are those that had previously left their home team (and in both case, ToRD) but have returned to their original home teams. The rest of our draftees have either gotten the call from their previous home on the D-VAS, or are new ToRD members who have transferred here from other leagues. Congratulations to all skaters, and ToRD fans – stay tuned for information about Season 11 coming soon!

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.