MONTREAL TAKES TWO ON WEEKEND ROADTRIP
New Skids on the Block (MTLRD) 17th 188 vs. Boston Massacre (BDD) 21st 117
New Skids (MTLRD) 17th 333 vs. Port Authorities (Maine RD) 60th 38
Montreal Roller Derby’s New Skids on the Block played its second game of the season on Saturday, scoring an important 71-point victory against the Boston Massacre, in what was the first bout of the season for the Boston Derby Dames travel team. It was the fourth win in a row for Montreal over their long-time rivals since February 2011. Previous to that win, the Massacre had defeated the Skids in three straight dating back to 2009.
But believe it or not, Montreal and Boston’s rivalry dates back even further. The Derby Dames B-travel team, the Boston B Party, has been playing Montreal teams (house league and travel) since 2008. This past Saturday, Les Sexpos defeated the B Party 211-148. The last time these two particular teams met was in 2011, a one-point victory by Boston.
On Sunday, the Skids hit up Maine Roller Derby’s Port Authority for a sanctioned hangover matchup. Montreal won it handily, 333 to 38. It was the second WFTDA sanctioned meeting between the two teams, and the first since a 79-point Montreal victory victory in May 2011. Maine, which had consistently been an East Region “bubble playoff team” (they finished 11th in the region last season), now find themselves buried deep in WFTDA’s Division Two (60th overall).
SASKATOON DEFEATS REGINA IN ALL-SASKATCHEWAN RDAC CHAMPIONSHIP
Saskatoon Roller Derby defeated their cross-province rivals, Pile O’ Bones Derby Club, 245 to 188, in an all-Saskatchewan final at this weekend’s Roller Derby Association of Canada (RDAC) championship in Edmonton, Alberta. Played in the stunning Ica Palace at the West Edmonton Mall and broadcast expertly (in awesome high def) by AMJ Productions and Canuck Derby TV, the tournament didn’t quite live up to its billing as a national championship, but was nonetheless a great showcase of the flat track game featuring teams from disparate regions of Canada.
It was an excellent opportunity especially for the Saskatchewan finalists, who have largely remained out of the eye of the larger Canadian derby community due to their comparative lack of inter-regional play. And they were strong, clearly dominating a tournament that suffered for excitement in the opening round for a lack of parity but brought closer, more competitive games on Sunday.
With western champions Terminal City, eastern champs Toronto Roller Derby (Bay Street Bruisers) and eastern runners-up Forest City absent from the tournament, expectations fell to West Kootenay and E-Ville. Ranked 6th and 11th in Canada respectively, they were the top ranked Canadian teams left in the tournament. But Pile O’ Bones Derby Club’s Sugar Skulls (Regina) and Saskatoon Roller Derby’s The Mindfox (who’d been ranked 12th and 13th respectively), proved that they belong in the discussion of the top travel teams in Canada. Saskatoon’s Mind Fox, especially, were well ahead of the competition, winning their games by an average of about 107 points (and even in the close, 57-point championship game, the result never seemed in doubt as they led 169-77 at half).
While the Atlantic Canadian teams from Moncton and Saint John, New Brunswick, finished at the bottom of the pack, they entered the final tournament ranked 20th and 28th in Canada, so actually performed above expectations. Moncton defended their Atlantic Championship when they defeated Fog City in a back-and-forth placement game that was closer than the final score indicated. Also, strong individual performances and great strategic thought—if not executed perfectly yet—from both teams, proved that even only three years into existence, Atlantic Canadian roller derby is on an upward rise. Kootenay Kannibelles and E-Ville Dead both seem to be rebuilding, especially West Kootenay after a considerable roster shakeup last year, and played below expectations established after impressive 2012 seasons.
RDAC Championship Final Standings
1. The Mindfox (Saskatoon Roller Derby) (Defeated Sugar Skulls 245-188 in the final)
2. Sugar Skulls (Pile O’ Bones Derby Club)
3.E-Ville Dead (E-Ville Roller Derby)(Defeated Kootenay Kannibelles 164-158 in 3rd place game)
4. Kootenay Kannibelles (West Kootenay Roller Derby)
5. Lumbersmacks (Muddy River Rollers) (defeated Shipyard Sirens 238-187 in 5th place game)
6. Shipyard Sirens (Fog City Rollers)
** All games are archived on Canuck Derby TV.**
WFTDA RELEASES FIRST DIVISIONAL POWER RANKING
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) released its first rankings since shifting to a numerical-based divisional ranking system for 2013. Under the current ranking system, teams have the opportunity to earn their way into Division One (top 40) by July to qualify for the Division One Payoffs. The next twenty teams will play in two Division Two playoff tournaments (locations recently announced). The Division Two finals will also take place on the same weekend as the Division One Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
As of today, Montreal (17th) and Vancouver’s Terminal City (39th) are both in Division One, while Toronto (49th), Tri-City (50th), and Rideau Valley (71st) are firmly placed into Division Two. Hammer City, Canada’s other full-WFTDA team, is in Division Three (133rd overall).
All Division One teams make the playoffs, but in Division Two only the top twenty teams make it, which means that while Toronto and Tri-City are in solid positions, Rideau Valley Vixens have some work to do to move up the ten spots to nab a playoff spot. Both Toronto and Rideau Valley will be playing in this weekend’s Quad City Chaos, a good opportunity to advance their positions.
CANADIAN POWER RANKINGS ANNOUNCED
Just in case you missed it, last week it was announced on The Derby Nerd that The Nerd will be joined by Captain Lou El Bammo, Dick Pounder and Andi Struction in producing Canada’s first National Power Ranking. Read all about it here.
Now that the WFTDA Rankings have been released we can actually calculate the Ranking Points received in the sanctioned bouts. They will soon be releasing the Ranking Point Averages as well which means we’ll actually know what those Ranking Points mean.
Montreal picked up 317.71 RPs in their bout against Boston which is a predicted outperform and should improve their lot.
Boston picked up 203.9 RPs which should drop them a bit in the rankings.
Montreal also received 321.68 RPs in their crushing of Maine so things are looking up for the Skids so far this season.
Maine only managed 54.44 RPs which will continue their downward trend on the Rankings chart.
Hi derby nerd! The Port Authorities and the New Skids on the Block have actually gone up against each other three times. The first was back in September of 2008. There is a nice bout recap on Maine Roller Derby’s website:
I was lucky enough to see both Montreal bouts this weekend and cheer on my Maine ladies.
Didn’t quite live up to its billing as a national tournament???? In what way? Just because the eastern winners and tcrg didn’t show up? This somehow minimizes the effort put forth by the organizers, refs, nso’s and teams playing??????? Wow. Such disparity. Such a shame. I don’t know where you were, but I spent the weekend at a National Championship Tournament. With National exposure.
I certainly didn’t mean to minimize anything; I thought it was a phenomenal event with phenomenal coverage (some of the best coverage I’ve seen of derby honestly).
If you read carefully, I actually said that it “didn’t live up to its billing as a national championship,” and I’ll stand by that statement: It didn’t involve teams from every region of Canada, and it didn’t involve the top teams in the country (not one of the top five-and only two of the top ten-teams were involved in the tournament).
I don’t mean minimize the accomplishment at all. I enjoyed watching it and am glad that it happened, it was an important event, for sure.
I agree with your comment about the nationals tournament not living up to its name. It certainly was not an accurate representation of the teams across this country that should’ve been competing. But it has to start somewhere and the venue was spectacular and the entire event did bring attention to the sport. I did feel terrible for kootenays as they clearly were the team with the most expectations from fans but they gave their all. Eville however isn’t rebuilding, that’s the same team they’ve had for years maybe with one or two new faces. Rebuilding is something they clearly need to do though considering some of their less than classy actions during gameplay that weekend. Yikes!