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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 Gameā„¢. 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!

Smoke City Betties win historic first Boot title

9th Battle for the Boot

Photo by Neil Gunner

During the opening game on Saturday June 6 you could hear a pin drop at the Bunker. That wasn’t solely due to the riveting Toronto All-Stars game that preceded the Battle for the Boot; unexpectedly, and with the worst possible timing, the sound system at the Bunker crashed and left us in silence. After determining it could not simply be restarted, our sound crew raced out to secure a replacement board, and with minutes to spare before the big game kicked off, we were back in business.

It didn’t stay quiet in the Bunker for long.

The Gore-Gore Rollergirls jumped out to an early lead, and in the early going it was all Gores all the time, as they never trailed in the first half, and went to the break with an 89-67 lead. Every time the Betties closed the gap, the Gores would follow that up with similar points on the following jam, and it looked like a 4th Boot (which would have given the Gores the all-time lead) was in store for the team with the spots.

The second half started off much like the first, and at one point the Gores led by as much as 30 points. The crowd, however, was electric – possibly boosted by a surprise appearance at the start of the second half by retired ToRD announcer Crankypants, who exhorted the crowd to Get Louder; not that they needed the advice. Every jam had the crowd on its feet and screaming at the top of their lungs, as if to make up for the relative quiet of the earlier game. With roughly ten minutes left in the game, the Betties had brought the score to within 3 points, and a timeout was called. On the ensuing jam, the Betties took advantage of a power jam and Smoka Cola put up 18 big roller derby points for the Betties’ first lead of the game, a lead they would not relinquish. The Gores fought them all the way to the final seconds, but in the end it was the Betties who came out on top, completing their long run through the playoffs with a thrilling come-from-behind victory, 171-140, and the first-ever Boot title for the Smoke Show.

MVPS

9th Battle for the Boot MVPs

Photo by Mr Whistler

Immediately after the big game and the presentation of the Boot, continuing in the grand tradition of derby, the teams awarded MVPS to each other. Here were the big winners:

  • Gores MVP blocker: Jill ‘Em All
  • Gores MVP Jammer: Beaver Mansbridge
  • Betties MVP Blocker: Honey Boom Boom
  • Betties MVP Jammer: Smoka Cola

Recaps

The Derby Nerd had his writeup of the big game here, with all the details.

Our friends from CityNews were on hand, and we present their recap here, which includes a quick post-game interview with the Betties’ titmouse and the Gores’ Santa Muerte:

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.

Broadcast and footage

Mr Force has his trackside footage available for viewing on Layer9.ca here. Make sure you look under “TORD 2015 videos”.

For the full experience, you’ll want to look for re-broadcasts of the Battle for the Boot (and the All-Star game that preceded it) on Rogers TV. Featuring multiple camera angles, instant replay, and play-by-play and analysis by Derby Nerd and Monichrome, Rogers TV puts on a high-level production that you don’t want to miss! The premiere airdates for the Rogers broadcasts are as follows:

Rogers Sports+ Channel 368/369 HD
Friday June 12 4:00pm (All-Star game) and 5:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

Toronto Rogers TV Channel 10/510
Saturday June 13 8:00pm (All-Star game) and 9:30pm (Battle for the Boot)

The Rogers TV broadcasts are not available online, so make sure you check your Rogers TV listings for future airdates!

Quad City Chaos 2015 a smashing success

This past weekend Toronto Roller Derby hosted the 6th edition of Quad City Chaos, and it was the biggest and most successful and entertaining one yet!

  • The biggest, as for the first time we held 9 games over the weekend – 6 WFTDA-sanctioned games, and 3 regulation B-team games
  • The most successful – some of the closest games ever at this tournament, with the biggest sanctioned-game point spread only 55 points (CN Power vs Boston Massacre)
  • The most entertaining, with multiple lead changes in almost every game, and incredible hits! Such as this one captured by George Pelekis and posted on his TOderby flickr page, of CN Power’s Lady Gag-Ya taking out Steel Hurtin’s Snot Rocket Science, who through sheer force of will manages to stay in bounds and keep going:

The results

Sanctioned Games
As mentioned, this weekend’s 6 WFTDA-sanctioned games had some of the tightest scores we’ve ever seen at Quad City Chaos, with multiple games being decided only in the dying minutes. With all 4 teams currently ranked in the top 40 of the WFTDA (and Rideau Valley clearly showing that their #39 slot is only temporary and that they do indeed belong in Division 1), every game was an unpredictable battle. This weekend was noteworthy also as the first time since 2012 (and only the second QCC ever) that CN Power went undefeated at 3-0 in their own tournament. The scores:

Game 1: #39 Rideau Valley Vixens 165142 #29 Steel Hurtin’
Game 2: #28 Toronto CN Power 229174 #25 Boston Massacre
Game 4: #25 Boston Massacre 169127 #29 Steel Hurtin’
Game 5: #28 Toronto CN Power 186154 #39 Rideau Valley Vixens
Game 7: #25 Boston Massacre 182159 #39 Rideau Valley Vixens
Game 6: #28 Toronto CN Power 235191 #29 Steel Hurtin’

B-team Regulation Games
In B-team action, the Bay Street Bruisers continued their undefeated run at Quad City Chaos, although that streak was in serious jeopardy in their second game against the Boston B-party, who led for the majority of the game, with the Bruisers pulling off the come-from-behind victory on the final jam. The scores:

Game 3: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 253144 Rideau Valley Sirens
Game 6: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 184180 Boston B-Party
Game 8: Toronto Bay Street Bruisers 31969 Steel Beamers

MVPs

There were so many options for MVPs for this year’s Quad City Chaos. There were 4 awarded – a blocker and a jammer from the A-team games, and a blocker and a jammer from the B-team games.

A-team MVPs
A-team MVP Jammer: Soul Rekker, Rideau Valley Vixens
A-team MVP Blocker: Nic Rollfiliac, Steel Hurtin’
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A-team MVPs received Juice Wheels courtesy of Rumbling Rage Derby Shop, a belt buckle courtesy of Twelve ThirtyFour Skate Co., and samples from sponsors Come As You Are, Honibe and Zax Bruise Cream.

B-team MVPs
B-team MVP Jammer: Devochka, Bay Street Bruisers
B-team MVP Blocker: MC SlamHer, Boston B Party
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B-team MVPs received gift certificates courtesy of Wicked Skatewear, a belt buckle courtesy of Twelve ThirtyFour Skate Co., a roll of KT Tape, mouthguards courtesy of SISU Mouthguards and samples from sponsors Come As You Are, Honibe and Zax Bruise Cream. Congratulations to all 4 tournament MVPs!

Recaps

Full recaps of the entire weekend at Quad City Chaos are available at The Derby Nerd (Toronto Teams Go 6-0 at a Thrilling 2015 Quad City Chaos) and also on Derby Central (Quad City Chaos Tournament, Toronto, ON), the latter contribution by Death Track Doll Pr’Editor.

The good folks at CityNews provided this recap during the Sports section of their newscast on March 23:

Archived Game Broadcasts

The entire weekend was broadcast on Layer9.ca, with Games 4,5 and 9 simulcast on WFTDA.tv. All 9 games are being archived in HD on Layer9 here, and Game 9 concludes with the awarding of the MVPs.

Dolls Repeat as Battle for the Boot Champions

On Saturday October 18, The Death Track Dolls took home the Boot for the second year in a row, with a 184-139 victory over The Gore-Gore Rollergirls, in a game that went down to the wire.

Bunker

The game was a tight one all the way from beginning to end, as the Dolls scored the first 4 points of the game, and after a couple of scoreless jams, the Gores tied and then took the lead. It took the Dolls a couple of jams to tie themselves, and then retake the lead on a power jam. The Gores would tie the score a couple of times during the first half, but could never get back in the plus column, and at halftime the score was 95-65 for the Dolls. In the second half, the Gores would get as close as 19 points away, but no closer, while the Dolls weren’t able to pull away completely. After widening the lead a bit, the Gores were working on closing the gap in the dying minutes, and the clock ran out before they could get any closer. An amazing game from both sides, with both rookies and retiring skaters (more on that below) stepping up to leave it all on the flat track. The Bunker was rockin;, and you certainly want to catch the broadcast of this game on Rogers TV Toronto when it airs soon. Immediately following the game, MVPs for both teams were chosen by their opponents:

  • Gore-Gore Rollergirls: Kandy Barr (Blocker), Beaver Mansbridge (Jammer)
  • Death Track Dolls: Robotomy (Blocker), Bellefast (Jammer)

In the opening game of the doubleheader, the Smoke City Betties defeated the visiting Strking Vikings of Renegade Derby Dames (Alliston, ON) 237-167.

Bunker

Back row (L to R): Chevy ChaseHer, Roadside BombShel, Speedin Hawking, R.I. Pink, Audrey Hellborn, Rebel RockIt, Betty Bomber, Dusty. Front Row: (L to R): Motorhead Molly, Candy Crossbones, Kandy Barr.

Immediately before The Battle for the Boot, we gave tribute to this year’s retiring skaters. Thank you all for all of your contributions to Toronto Roller Derby. Some of you have been with us since the very beginning, and leave behind big skates to fill. You will all be missed!

Here’s the list of this year’s retiring skaters, not all of whom were able to be at the Bunker on Saturday. Listed by the year in which they joined Toronto Roller Derby.
2013: Motorhead Molly (CN Power)
2012: Chevy Chase-Her (Chicks Ahoy!, Bay Street Bruisers),
Chicken Sluggets (Death Track Dolls)
2011: Doris Doomsday (Chicks Ahoy!),
Roadside BombShel (Chicks Ahoy!)
2009: Speedin Hawking (Death Track Dolls, Bay Street Bruisers),
R.I. Pink (Gore-Gore Rollergirls)
2007: Audrey Hellborn (Death Track Dolls, Bay Street Bruisers)
2006: Hoff (Chicks Ahoy!, Bay Street Bruisers, and CN Power),
Rebel Rock-It (Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Betty Bomber (Death Track Dolls, CN Power),
Candy Crossbones (Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Dyna Hurtcha (Smoke City Betties, Chicks Ahoy!, CN Power),
Dusty (Gore-Gore Rollergirls, CN Power),
Demolition Dawn (Smoke City Betties, Death Track Dolls, CN Power),
Kandy Barr (Gore-Gore Rollergirls, Bay Street Bruisers).

 

This concludes the 2014 Toronto Roller Derby Season. Stay tuned for news about year-end awards, the upcoming draft, and the 2015 season!

Want to see the Battle for the Boot again? Or missed it the first time? (How could you!) You can watch the broadcast of the game on Rogers TV Toronto on Saturday October 25 at 8pm! The coverage includes instant replay, post-game interviews and play by play and commentary by Derby Nerd and Monichrome. Check that link for news on any further re-broadcasts. You can also watch Mr Force’s trackside footage (raw footage, no commentary) of the game on layer9.ca.

More ToRD on TV!

Did you watch the Rogers TV broadcast of the 2010 ToRD Championship bout? Didn’t you think it was the coolest thing EVAR! Would you like to see more ToRD roller derby on tv? Then leave feedback on how awesome the broadcast was on Rogers TV!

If you missed it, you’re in luck! The bout will be rebroadcast Monday December 27th, at 7pm and midnight on Rogers TV (cable 10/63). Woo!

This Weekend in TO Derby

Option 1: ToRD Encore: B&T Bout



Come to The Hangar Saturday December 4th to watch two teams of all stars from the Toronto Blood and Thunder boot camp face off on the flat track! With skaters participating from all over North America, you’re sure to see new faces and new strategies you haven’t seen before in Toronto.

Option 2: ToRD 2010 Championship on TV
Relive the action December 4th on Rogers TV!! (Cable 10 in Toronto and 63 in Scarborough) Our very own Monichrome, The Derby Nerd and Miss Kitty La Peur will guide you through the bout, bringing you interviews and play-by-play commentary.

Remember to cast your vote for your favorite ToRD skater in the 2010 Fan Choice Award! Polls are open until December 6th.

Dec 4th: Two Many Options!

Option 1: ToRD Encore: B&T Bout
That’s right sports fans, just when you thought the Toronto Roller Derby league season was done for 2010, we’re bringing it back with one last bout! Tickets are on sale now online and in store. Come watch two teams of skaters from across North America battle it out for training camp bragging rights – it’s sure to be a good one! Doors open at 6:30pm.



Option 2: ToRD Championship… ON TV!!!
Missed the Championship and been kicking yourself ever since you found out tickets were completely sold out? Now’s your chance to catch the action from the comfort of your favorite viewing chair! At 8pm on December 4th, Rogers TV (cable channel 10/63) will be airing a broadcast of the Championship bout, complete with commentary and replays by our very own The Derby Nerd and Monichrome! This will be derby as you’ve never before seen it presented in Toronto!