Auld Reekie tops UK Rankings

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Auld Reekie tops UK Rankings

LONDON, ENGLAND–Edinburgh’s Auld Reekie Rollergirls have topped the latest official UK roller derby rankings, as published by the United Kingdom Roller Derby Association today.

The rankings are based on an application of Flat Track Stats’ algorithm in UKRDA sanctioned games; teams must have two such games on record to be ranked.

UKRDA Top Ten, January 2014

  1. Auld Reekie Roller Girls 733.9
  2. Glasgow Roller Derby 732.4
  3. Tiger Bay Brawlers 706.5 (Initial ranking)
  4. Rainy City Roller Girls 666.9
  5. Middlesbrough Milk Rollers 665.1
  6. Royal Windsor Roller Girls 664.9
  7. Leeds Roller Dolls 660.0
  8. Brighton Rockers Roller Derby 644.3
  9. Hot Wheel Roller Derby 640.1
  10. Newcastle Roller Girls 631.3

Full ranking here.

Glasgow Roller Derby are a very close second, while Cardiff’s Tiger Bay Brawlers debut in the rankings at three. Glasgow and Auld Reekie’s closeness and relatively positioning closely matches their WFTDA placement; the Edinburgh team is currently 94th in the WFTDA, while Glasgow are 99. Both of these teams make their WFTDA D2 debuts this year following strong showings at 2013′s East Coast Derby Extravaganza where Auld Reekie went 2-0 as part of a successful tour that saw them beat Ithaca, Dominion and Lehigh Valley in WFTDA sanctioned play. Overall, the Edinburgh team were 9-2 in 2013, with their only losses being to London’s Brawl Saints and Gotham’s Wall Street Traitors.

Glasgow and Auld Reekie are going to be at Spring Roll and The Big O respectively in 2014 as they look to build on their WFTDA Division 2 debuts. Tiger Bay will also be competing in the US in 2014 in what is set to be the largest-ever year for European teams competing in the United States.

The rankings will be used to seed UKRDA events; the first of these in 2014 is the Tattoo Freeze invitational on January 12. The marquee bout there will be the 10th ranked Newcastle Rollergirls playing Nottingham’s 11th-ranked Hellfire Harlots.

Also worth noting: London Rollergirls (#7 WFTDA) does not have a ranked team; while London Rollergirls are a UKRDA member and LRG’s nationally competitive Brawl Saints team won a UKRDA tournament last year, those games were not sanctioned thanks to an ongoing debate in the organisation about team eligibility for ranking. London Rockin’ Rollers, the other WFTDA league based in the UK’s capital, place at 17 in the UKRDA rankings.

UKRDA is an umbrella body set up by UK leagues to organise tournaments, set a national ranking system, and oversee national team selection for England, Scotland and Wales. Northern Ireland’s skaters are–in theory–eligible to skate for the All-Ireland team if they wish to compete internationally; UKDRA did not invite applications for team management for an exclusively Northern Irish team ahead of the next Blood and Thunder World Cup. All UKRDA-sanctioned games are played under current, unmodified WFTDA rules.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article was unclear in its references to London and London Rollergirls; these have now been clarified.

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