The second round of Women’s British Roller Derby Championships T3 Regional North division features two teams making their tournament debuts and the two Gameday 1 winners facing each other!
The opening game is between Dundee Roller Girls vs Granite City Roller Girls. Currently 79th in the European rankings and 38th in UKRDA rankings, Dundee ended the 2014 season winning 5 out of 9 games, including victories against Glasgow’s Maiden Grrders and Furness Firecrackers. Their last game out was that 181-143 win over the Maiden Grrders.
Currently 124th in the European rankings and 26th in UKRDA rankings, Granite City won 2 out of 6 games in 2014, against Fierce Valley and Rebellion. Their last game was the Rebellion victory in August, by a 184-155 margin.
The teams have played 3 times before, Dundee winning 182-83 in August 2014, but Granite City taking the other two games, by 129-110 in July 2011 and 120-94 in September 2010.
Flat Track Stats gives an 76% probability of a Dundee victory with a ratio of 27:20 in the European Rankings, but an 89% probability of a Granite City victory with a ratio of 55:31 in the UKRDA Rankings.
In the second game, Liverpool Roller Birds face hosts Furness Firecrackers. Furness had a great opening gameday bout, beating Sheffield 270-54 with Hell For Heather top scoring with 101, and Boney Em and Weeble notching 69 and 62 points respectively, and Furness moved 9 places up the European rankings to 31st as a result.
Liverpool also had a strong win on Gameday 1, 259-131 over Halifax Bruising Banditas, with Corey Maim topscoring with 99, Killer Mandjaro with 72 and Becky Ruckus with 51, jumping a whopping 20 places in the European rankings to 62nd.
The teams have never met before. Flat Track Stats gives a 89% probability of a Furness victory with a ratio of 53:30.
Two great games are in prospect, with doors opening at 12.30pm at The Thunderdome in Oldham.
Details for the Gameday can be found here and the Facebook event here.
The British Roller Derby Championships is Europe’s largest interleague Women’s and Men’s Flat Track Roller Derby Tournament. 72 women’s leagues from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are divided into four tiers for double header bout days spanning the year, with a playoffs to find who will be British Roller Derby Champions for 2015! For the first time, 14 men’s teams will also participate in the debut men’s British Championships tournament, with three tiers of double header action across the year!