Roller derby at the Bunker! This past Saturday Toronto Roller Derby and Toronto Junior Roller Derby kicked off their 2014 season.
First up was one of ToRD’s historical rivals, the Chicks Ahoy and the Gore Gore Rollergirls. These two teams have traded the Boot back and forth for most of ToRD’s history, and you could feel the tight competition in the air. It was a close game, with the lead traded back and forth several times in the first periods. Hips, shoulders and penalties were thrown around like nobody’s business as each team tried to pull ahead of the other, but the game stayed close through to the end.
Final score: Gore Gore Rollergirls 218 – 157 Chicks Ahoy!
Toronto Roller Derby’s opponents were Alliston Junior Roller Derby. Although junior roller derby features skaters 9 – 18, it ain’t no roller derby lite; the rules and game play are almost exactly the same as their older counterparts. The teams from both leagues hit the track hard, with points trading back and forth early in the game, until TJRD began to pull ahead, and maintained that lead throughout the second half.
Final score: TJRD 236 – 82 AJRD
All photographs courtesy Neil Gunner
Our next game is February 8th, when CN Power takes on Team Ontario. Say what? Tickets are on sale now in stores and online.
This Saturday make your way up to Downsview Park to catch our hard-hitting return in 2014! The Chicks Ahoy will be taking on the Gore Gore Rollergirls in the opening act of double header action.
Act 2 of the intense action will feature a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby! See the future of roller derby in your city on the track. Both bouts are included in your one admission ticket!
CHICKS VS GORES: 6pm
TJRD vs AJRD: 8pm
Bring a blanket, folding chair, whatever and on the floor right up near the action! Bleacher seating is also available for a higher viewpoint. Merchandise, food and beverages will be available at the game.
Tickets are available in advance on-line and in stores, and will also be available at the door.
UPDATE: Excellent eats for the event will be provided by Mike’s Dog House. The after party kicks off after the last bout and takes place at Velvet Underground, 510 Queen St W.
We’re back for another jam-packed (get it?) year of Toronto Roller Derby action, kicking off the evening of January 25th! This double header will see the Chicks Ahoy face off against the Gore Gore Rollergirls, followed by a full-length bout between Toronto Junior Roller Derby and Alliston Junior Roller Derby!
Tickets to the event are on sale now both in stores and online. Buy in advance to save! Visit the Facebook event here.
This past weekend for the ToRD farm and travel teams was a busy and victorious one.
CN Power and the Bay Street Bruisers traveled to Bloomington, IN to take on the A and B teams from the Bleeding Heartland Rollergirls, and what exciting nail biters both games were! The games were everything you could want from a bout; exciting plays, lead changes, cheering crowds. Both games came down to the last jam to decide the victor, and ToRD would take them both.
Final Score: Bay Street Bruisers 180 – 177 Code Blue Assassins
Final Score: CN Power 147 – 145 Flatliners
CN Power also played a hangover bout against Demolition City Roller Derby on Sunday morning.
Final Score: CN Power 234 – 90 Dynamite Dolls
Closer to home, the DVAS were in Peterborough facing off against the Peterborough Roller Derby Jamazons, and bringing home the bacon.
Final score: DVAS 219 – 139 Jamazons
Not to be outdone, our little sisters Toronto Junior Roller Derby also had a great game against Alliston Junior Roller Derby.
Final Score: TJRD 199 – 193 Blister Sisters
Next up, Battle for the Boot, ToRD’s championship bout, is happening next Saturday, June 15th. Doors at 6:30, TJRD preview at 6:45, bout at 7:30. Get your tickets in advance to guarantee entry!
On June 15th, the Death Track Dolls and the Smoke City Betties meet at Battle for the Boot 2013 for the first time ever! Who will take home the coveted Boot? Tickets are on sale now online and in-stores. Get yours early and save!
DOORS @ 6:30PM
TJRD @ 6:45PM
GAME @ 7:30PM
Battle for the Boot 2013 will feature a special 30 minute exhibition bout from Toronto Junior Roller Derby!
Remember all those foodstuffs you donated at the last game of the season? ToRD is stepping up their game when it comes to fighting hunger in Toronto!
This Saturday & Sunday, TORD will be working with their teammates, coaches, refs & TJRD as Volunteer Food Sorters at Daily Bread Food Bank
From the Daily Food Bank:
“Daily Bread Food Bank is fighting to end hunger in our communities.
As the hub of the food bank community in Toronto, Daily Bread supports over 170 member agencies in running different kinds of food relief programs. Our agencies run neighbourhood food banks where people come to access food hampers, as well as meal programs where people can access prepared meals such as soups or casseroles.
We are the largest provider of emergency food relief in the GTA. Daily Bread member agencies see a monthly average of 73,000 client visits”