Terminal City jammer Kim Janna hops by a Tampa blocker. Photo by Jennifer M. Ramos.
RICHMOND, VA -- In the second bout of the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Richmond, Virginia, the seventh seeded Tampa Tantrums (#29 WFTDA) took on the 10th seed Terminal City Rollergirls (#38 WFTDA) in the latter’s first WFTDA playoff appearance. The game followed an odd rhythm, as Terminal repeatedly opened up significant leads only to see Tampa rally and nearly close the gaps; nonetheless, Terminal City never trailed after the game's first jam and took the tournament's second upset in a row, winning 180-154.
Tampa’s pre-game ritual consisted of a rousing singalong while Terminal pumped themselves up with bunny ears and curious noises.The game got underway with Terminal City’s Luludemon against Tampa’s PhDiesel. PhDiesel pushed her way through and emerged with the first lead of the day. Luluemon passd the star to Mackenzie in the first jam. Diesel got her 4 points and called it off.
Terminal City answered with a 63 point run over the next 6 jams. 24 of those points came from Kim Janna on the game’s first power jam, a PhDiesel track cut artfully forced by Buffy Sainte Fury. Both teams seemed to be having some penalty trouble, with the pack dwindling to a one-on-one at one point.
Tampa took their first timeout at 22:10 to regroup with the score showing 63-4. In the 8th jam, Laryn Kill finally broke Tampa’s dry spell by capitalizing on a dropped helmet cover by Terminal City captain Barbarich. Scarlett Bloodbath picked it up for the second star pass of the day. That jam brought the score to 63-13 Terminal City.
Tampa’s Breezy looked to continue their comeback on the following jam, but luludemon forced a jammer-on-jammer track cut and sent Breezy to the box. She then started the third star pass of the game, but pivot MacKenzie was sent to the box and thoughtfully dropped the helmet cover on her way off the track. luludemon eventually picked it up and resumed jamming, but the confusion helped Tampa limit the damage to 7 points, for an effective penalty kill. That left things at 70-17 Terminal City.
Terminal continued to nickel-and-dime the Tantrums until 17 minutes into the game when Little A forced a track cut on luludemon for Tampa’s first power jam. Lil Bit capitalized to the tune of 15 points. She called it off with luludemon standing in the box at 74-34 Terminal City.
The gap continued to close with a number of small gains by Tampa’s Jammers, mostly unanswered. A 16 point jam by Apolo Ana was enabled by Alli-kat Scratch and Blacque Jac harrying Janna. Tampa had finally closed to within striking distance, 19 points away at 76-57 Terminal, when Terminal took a timeout with 5:49 remaining in the half. That timeout seemed to work out for them, as the score was 95-67 at the break -- with two more star passes completed on the way.
After a 0-0 and 4-0 to begin the second half, Tampa got a much-needed break when Terminal jammer luludemon was sent off on both the 3rd and 4th jams on a high block followed by an illegal reentry. That led to 5-0 for Evada Peron and 15-0 for Apolo Ana; putting the score at 99-87 Terminal with luludemon still stuck in the box.
Tampa’s Smooth Operator Just about finished closing the gap with the remainder of that power jam. She scored 12 points, bringing Tampa's total to 99 -- which would have tied it up, except luludemon grabbed 2 points on her return from the box. With 21 minutes to play, it was a single-pass game at 101-99 Terminal, but that was as close as it would get.
After a couple of 4-0 jams, a track cut by Laryn Kill let Terminal drag their lead back out to 133 over 101. In what appeared to be a repeat of the bout’s start, Terminal City went on a 57-2 run, driving the score to 162-101 before Tampa scored again.
With about 13 minutes remaining, Terminal's jammer Barbarich was sent off for a forearm penalty. She went out for another on the following jam, giving up back to back power jams which turned into 32 unanswered points for Tampa as the margin started to close back up. On her second return, Barbarich passed the star to MacKenzie for the 6th of the game, putting it at 162-133 Terminal.
Terminal’s Janna gave up a power jam a couple jams later with a back block after a rarely seen pivot line start. Tampa couldn't get any points off it, as Smooth Operator called it off to preserve power jam time. Laryn Kill came in but only managed one scoring pass before Janna’s return. She got one more before calling it off, 166-142 Terminal.
A couple small scoring jams later, the score was 168-149 and Tampa took their final time out with 2:20 left on the clock. In what turned out to be the final jam of the game, Tampa’s Little A got lead but cut track and was sent to the box, closing the door on Tampa’s comeback. Terminal’s Barbarich kept fighting and extended their lead before Little A returned.
The jam clock expired with under 20 seconds left and the score 180-154 Terminal City. While Tampa had no timeouts remaining, they did have their official review left to stop the clock. With a 26 point deficit they were either unwilling to trigger a final jam or unaware they were able -- to the apparent surprise of the Terminal City bench, who anxiously watched the remaining time tick off the close before launching into celebration.
Terminal City's 180-154 win puts them up against Texas at 3pm Pacific on Friday and is available on pay-per-view at http://wftda.tv.
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.