Weekly Rollup, April 2, 2014: Flat Track Around the World

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Flat track derby sure did get around this past weekend – in this week’s roll up we have news from WFTDA’s first division, WFTDA-sanctioned play in Europe, and MRDA’s first ever all-Canada sanctioned bout.

Remember, you can find pretty much every single roller derby score on the planet over on our scores page, upcoming bouts on the bouts page and a curated list of events on the shiny new Events Calendar page!

Spring Slam – Sacred, Sac, Santa Cruz and Wasatch

WFTDA #40 Sac City, #33 Sacred City, #32 Santa Cruz and #23 Wasatch met up in Sacramento, CA for a mini-tournament. The biggest coup on day one was when Santa Cruz beat Wasatch 304-108, which will serve Santa Cruz well when WFTDA’s official rankings are next released in mid-May. The two hometown teams also faced off on Saturday, with Sacred edging Sac out – 201-123. When Sacred took on Wasatch the following day, it was to be the closest game of the weekend. Wasatch eked out a 181-161 victory, however, the close points differential will likely work in Sacred’s favor when it comes to rankings scores. In the end, Santa Cruz had a clean sweep, winning each game by hundreds of points.

These results also let Santa Cruz leap up the Flat Track Stats rankings and break the top 20. However, this should be taken with a lake-sized pinch of salt; this was certainly not the Wasatch team that earned the ranking points through playoffs and 2013: they have had very significant turnover this year. Vulgar Vixen, Skatey Gaga, Moon Raker, Colonel Skirts, Harry Slaughter and Melanie Pfister all left Wasatch at the end of last year, while Smack and Deckher moved to Denver–where she now skates with Rocky Mountain–at the start of 2014. These players were the core of Wasatch’s blocking and jamming corps, and their lack will be very keenly felt and goes some way to explaining the significant loss to Santa Cruz on day one–and puts the other results into perspective.

If you want to get a look at some of Santa Cruz in action, their B-team is at Battle For The Coast this weekend — keep your eyes on our Facebook page for links to the stream.

MRDA Action, Canuck Style

The first ever all-Canada MRDA bout was held over the weekend, when the Chinook City Reservoir Dogs (from Calgary, AB) faced off against Dreadnaughts Roller Derby (from Red Deer, AB). The last time these two teams played was August last year, when Chinook came away with an 83-point win. The Reservoir Dogs pulled a win out of the bag again, this time winning 209-98, a 111-point win. Both of these teams are off to Mayday Mayhem next month, where Reservoir Dogs will begin by playing Uinta Madness and Lane County Concussion, and the Dreadnaughts will play the Dallas Deception and Sioux City’s Kornstalkers.

Cincinnati vs New Hampshire

WFTDA #37 New Hampshire traveled to Cincinnati to play the #32 ranked home side. In line with Cinci’s season so far, New Hampshire took the win 217-94, which will work in favor for the visitors come rankings time in May. Meanwhile, much has been said on DNN about Cincinnati’s rebuild this year, but we’ve got to hand it to them for continuing with their packed season. Cinci has been busier than most leagues this quarter, playing five games in the space of 10 weeks. While the five straight losses they’ve racked up won’t do much for their rankings, Cincinnati’s new roster is likely to be learning quickly from gaining valuable on-track experience.

Jacksonville released a video on April 1 to explain the latest WFTDA rule changes.

UK’s Top Teams Face Off

The top three teams in the UKRDA rankings were in action this weekend when Cardiff’s Tiger Bay Brawlers headed up to Scotland. The Welsh were a long way down going into the final minutes against Glasgow but took advantage of a jammer penalty apocalypse inside the final ten minutes to finish on a 73-0 run and take the win against the #2 ranked Glasgow 160-132.

They didn’t fare so well against Edinburgh’s #1 ranked Auld Reekie the following day–they again mounted a strong comeback at the end but weren’t able to overhaul their opponents this time. The Scots took the bout 125-111 to reinforce their credentials as the number two league in Europe after London as they added the Tigers’ scalp to Berlin, Stockholm, Helsinki and others gathered during a 2013 season that saw them lose only twice — to London’s Brawl Saints and Gotham’s Wall Street Traitors.

UKRDA haven’t updated their rankings to reflect these games quite yet — but expect Tiger Bay to move up to #2 as the English stay locked out of the UK’s top three.

Best of the Rest

WFTDA #72 Fargo Moorehead traveled to #33 No Coast, and despite the rankings disparity, managed a respectable loss to the homeside. No Coast took the win 242-100.

WFTDA #92 Tallahassee travelled to #43 Columbia – the home side won 393-48, which is a surefire rankings win for Columbia.

A group of European teams met up at Birthday Bashing, where one sanctioned bout was played between unranked WFTDA members Oslo and the Rollergirls of the Apocalypse, from Kaiserslauten, Germany. The Norwegians came away with a 198-131 win.

For more Division 2 action, watch this space — we’re starting a weekly dedicated D2 round-up very soon to keep you covered on all the movement down there and cover the race for the D2 playoffs and progress up and down the rankings.

This Weekend – April 5-6

This coming weekend is shaping up to be another game-packed two days, with some hardy perennial tournaments and one-off sanctioned games lined up.
Dust Devil is back for 2014, featuring Green Mountain, Sin City, Pikes Peak, Arizona (yes, including Atomatrix, who is most definitely on their roster full time now), Cen-Tex, Boulder County, Tucson and Duke City.

Battle for the Coast, hosted by the Ventura County Derby Darlins, will see 10 teams face off across two derby-filled days. Bay Area are sending their Richmond Wrecking Belles home team, and both LA and San Diego are sending their banked track travel teams to play flat. Also at BFTC are teams from Derby Revolution Bakersfield, San Fernando Valley Roller Derby, Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Silicon Valley Roller Girls, V-Town Derby Dames, Ventura County Derby Darlins: Vendolls and the West Coast Derby Knockouts. This will be broadcast live, and we should have the stream here on DNN — keep your eyes on our Facebook page for links.

Spudtown Knockdown is on, and will feature a mix of sanctioned and non-sanctioned play. Look out for official games that feature Port Scandalous, Humboldt, Junction City, SoCal, Dockyard and Cherry City.

As for one-off games, WFTDA #11 Minnesota take on #27 No Coast in Minnesota on Saturday, #31 Mad Rollin’ Dolls are hosting #24 Jacksonville on Sunday, and there’s even sanctioned play in New Zealand as Pirate City takes on Richter City on Saturday. Again, we’d expect at least the Minnesota game to be streamed — keep your eyes on our Facebook page for links

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