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Vancouver roller derby will be showcased on the international stage as the Terminal City All-Stars take part in the Women’s Flat Track Derby (WFTDA) Division 1 semi-finals tournament on September 13-15 in Richmond, Virginia.
The Division 1 WFTDA semi-finals tournament is open to the top 40 teams in the WFTDA and is broken up in to four weekends in September in four different U.S. cities – Fort Wayne, IN; Richmond, VA; Asheville, NC and Salem, OR. The top three teams from each semi-final move on to 2013 Championships in Milwaukee in November.
Nine other teams will be taking part in the Richmond leg of the tourney: Tampa Rollergirls (#29) out of Florida, Angel City Derby Girls (#5) from Los Angeles, CA; Texas Rollergirls (#6) out of Austin; Indianapolis’ Naptown Rollergirls (#13); Philly Rollergirls (#14) from Philadelphia, PA; Missouri’s Kansas City Roller Warriors (#12); No Coast Derby Girls (#22) form Lincoln, NE; Florida’s Jacksonville Rollergirls (#30) and New Hampshire Roller Derby (#37).
Terminal City's first bout is vs. Tampa at 9am PST on Friday, Sept 13. The full tournament schedule can be found at wftda.com/tournaments/2013. The Richmond tournament is available on pay-per-view streaming at wftda.tv, as well as the tournament finals on November 8-10. More information about the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association or the sport in general can be found at wftda.com/about-WFTDA. You can follow the Terminal City All-Stars' journey to Divisionals on Facebook.
Wowzers! Terminal City Rollergirls haven't had house team standings this close since… well, ever! All four of our house teams have won and lost two games each this season, making for our most evenly-matched year of roller derby to date.
In case you're hermitic and missed all the action, the Riot Girls and the Bad Reputations claimed victory over the Faster Pussycats and Public Frenemy, respectively, during the semi-finals on Aug. 10. The two winning teams earned a ticket to the Season 7 Championships, set for Saturday, Sept. 7 at Kerrisdale Arena in Vancouver.
The 'Soldiers of Awesome' and women in teal haven't gone face-to-face for the coveted house-team trophy, the Mercury Shield, since 2010. That year, the Bad Reps took home the trophy for the third year in a row. Now, they want it back after the Faster Pussycats got their paws on it in 2011 and 2012. But the Riot Girls are not going to make it easy — throughout the 2013 season, the Riot Girls wowed fans twice with two incredible wins against the Faster Pussycats. Public Frenemy beat the Bad Reps during the regular season, but during the semi-finals the Reps fought back for an oh-so-close 173-156 win over Frenemy.
The Bad Reps will take on the Riot Girls for the championship trophy in our second bout of the night, shortly after the first game where Frenemy and the 'Cats battle it out for third place.
Frenemy was at the top of TCRG house-team standings when they faced the Faster Pussycats in the final regular-season doubleheader of the year, but then Frenemy lost their first game of the season on July 13 to the 'Cats, 162-119. Who will rise to the top to claim the third-place title?
This season is unlike any other — all teams are so equally matched, anything can happen. So who will you be rooting for on Sept. 7? Riot Cats, or Bad Frenemy? Public Girls, or Faster Reputations? Go ahead and cheer for all of them! It's sure to be the most exciting championship doubleheader TCRG has ever hosted.
Tickets to the Season 7 Championships: adults in advance are $15 (plus service charge), and $20 at the door; children are always $10; and the wee ones (ages five and under) are free!
Times: September 7, 2013 |5pm doors open, and the action starts at 5.45pm!
Bout 1 (third-place game): Public Frenemy vs Faster Pussycats
Bout 2 (championship game): Riot Girls vs Bad Reputations
Venue: Kerrisdale Cyclone Taylor Arena - 5670 E Blvd, Vancouver, BC
Cost: Tickets can be purchased at www.terminalcitytickets.com
Adults $15 online, $20 at the door, children $10, kids 5 and under free!
The Terminal City Rollergirls are about to make BC roller derby history once again! This time, it’s with their 1st Annual Summer Slam tournament on August 24 & 25. This year’s theme will be The Lord of the Rinks, and teams from the mountains of Mordor to the realms of Rivendell will battle it out on the flat track at Minoru Arena in Richmond, BC in one action-packed weekend of derby awesomeness.
Why is this tournament different from other roller derby tournaments? Well, because it’s a house team tournament! Along with all-star travel teams, most city roller derby leagues have house teams who all play each other for the local league championship every year. For instance, the Terminal City Rollergirls house teams are The Bad Reputations, the Faster Pussycats, Public Frenemy and the Riot Girls.
Tournament Director and house team player Pam “Tiki Timebomb” Berg says this event will be ground-breaking for amateur BC roller derby: “House team skaters typically only play at our home venues, but we like travel just as much as everyone else! We all benefit from playing outside our own leagues, because we'll be pushed and challenged in different ways than we're used to.”
Fourteen house teams from the Fraser Valley, Victoria, Kelowna, Penticton, Bellingham, Wenatchee (WA), Portland, the Yukon and, of course, the four TCRG house teams will be competing on two tracks at Minoru Arena. Along with the scheduled bouts, there is a Vancouver Junior Roller Derby demo bout, a skating skills competition and a drop-in scrimmage for any experienced player who wants to join. “Fans can look forward to more roller derby in one place than the Lower Mainland - or British Columbia for that matter - has ever seen,” says Berg. “It's the ideal event for both the casual derby fan, who wants to pay a standard admission and catch a couple of games at a time that works with their schedule, or for the derby nerd who wants to watch as much derby as humanly possible over the entire weekend.”
Doors open at 9am at Minoru Arena in Richmond on Saturday and Sunday, and the arena is just a block from Brighouse SkyTrain Station on the Canada Line. Spectator tickets are available online or at the doors: Single-day passes for Saturday or Sunday are $15 and full weekend passes are $25. Tickets are online at terminalcitytickets.com, and the full tournament schedule is at terminalcityrollergirls.com/SS_Schedule.
If that wasn’t enough roller derby for Vancouver fans, the TCRG house teams will be competing only two weeks later at their League Championships on Saturday, September 7. The Faster Pussycats and Public Frenemy will battle for 3rd place, and The Bad Reputations and the Riot Girls will go head to head for the Mercury Shield in this classic TCRG match-up. Info and tickets for that event can be found at terminalcitytickets.com.
Terminal City Rollergirls’ seventh season - the most exciting in the league’s history - is building to an epic finish, starting with a scorcher of a semi-final double-header on August 10 at Minoru Arena in Richmond.
The first bout of the night is bound to be the most talked about game of the season. Public Frenemy and The Bad Reputations go head-to-head in a match that will decide who goes to the championship game in September, and who has to settle for the third place playoff. Frenemy’s strategic teamwork helped them take the win when these two teams last met, but the Bad Reps’ physicality and speedy jammers gave them a run for their money, so it’s anyone’s guess who will leave the rink victorious.
The second game of the night sees the two-time league champion Faster Pussycats take on the grit and determination of the Riot Girls. The Riot Girls worked hard and pulled off an unexpected win at their last clash with the Pussycats, so the ‘Cats have a score to settle and a trophy to defend when they face these old foes on the track. Will the Riot Girls be strong enough to take out the Pussycats once again? Or will the reigning champs return with a vengeance?
With all four teams accumulating wins and losses over the season, this year’s semi-finals are sure to keep fans on the edges of their seats. It’s a die-hard roller derby fan’s dream – even match-ups across the board. If fans are looking refreshment during the bouts, they can relax with a cold one in the 19+ beer garden, or satisfy their hunger with a famous Dougie Dog. Enthusiastic competitors will be required for a fan tricycle race at halftime, where some sweet TCRG prizes will be won.
Doors open at 5pm at Minoru Arena in Richmond (just a block from Brighouse SkyTrain Station on the Canada Line) and the action starts at 6pm. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, kids 6-12 yrs are $10, and kids 5 and under free! Advance tickets are online at terminalcitytickets.com.
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