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Canadian Power Rankings: August 1, 2015

Captain Lou El Bammo, Dick Dafone, Dr. Jenny Fever and Derby Nerd rank Canada’s top A-level travel teams every two months (or so). Read the June 1st Power Ranking here.

TEAM (League) CHANGE NOTES (Rollergirl.ca /WFTDA rank)
1. New Skids on the Block (Montreal Roller Derby)

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 +1 This league just keeps finding a way to replenish itself. After a very minor slip at the beginning of the season, the Skids have pulled (slightly) away from its Canadian competition once again. Since losing to Terminal City in May, Montreal has been on a tear, winning six in a row  including crushing the likes of Windy City and Charm City by 200 points. (1 / 16)
2. Terminal City All Stars (Terminal City Roller Girls)Terminal City All Stars
 -1  A bit of a slip as they have not shown the same level of late-season consistency that their Montreal counterparts have. A shaky win against Calgary was somewhat tempered by a better win over Toronto. Suffered some heavy losses in June, but to the best-of-the-best (including Rose City and B.A.D.) (2 / 27)
3.CN Power (Toronto Roller Derby)New CNP Logo  After being neck-and-neck early in 2015, Toronto has lost pace with Terminal City and Montreal (losing to Vancouver by 117 points). They also suffered June loss to tumbling Ohio and just narrowly defeated D2 team Naptown (186-175). (3 / 32)
4.Rideau Valley Vixens (Rideau Valley Roller Girls)

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 – The Vixens have been quiet since the last rankings (as the league focused on its house league season), with a tough but reasonable loss to Charm City on the books (182-120). The Vixens managed to cling to the final 2015 D1 playoff spot. (4 / 41)
5. Calgary All Stars (Calgary Roller Derby Association)Calgary All Stars Logo +1  Calgary has had quite a season of growth. Late-season inconsistency saw them slip from a D2 playoff spot, but strong performances in recent losses against Terminal City (242-216) and Toronto (243-171) show that they still have plenty of fight left in them. (8/65)
6Tri-City Thunder (Tri-City Rller Derby)Tri-City Thunder Logo -1  After surging back into the Top 5 in June, Thunder slip a spot after a recent loss to D2 Chicago Outfit (186-100) and a lacklustre win over Brewcity (196-122). Nonetheless, they held onto a D1 playoff spot and will return for the second year in a row.(6 / 40)

7.Les Duchesses (Roller Derby Quebec)Duchesses Logo

 – Quebec’s travel team continues to roll. Although they lost handily to Montreal, they managed to stay ahead of their Muddy River Rivals in a July win (242-210) and then shocked 85th Suburbia 428-50. It’s time to see this team against some top-flight competition. (9 / -)
8. All Stars (Winnipeg Roller Derby League) winnipeg logo +1  Winnipeg leaps up a spot on the strength of a pretty incredible summer. After losing to Muddy River in May, Winnipeg has reeled off five straight victories, including four crushing sanctioned wins over D3 opponents and another over Minnesota’s B-team. (11 / 112)
9. Lumbersmacks (Muddy River Rollers)Lumbersmacks Logo -1  After going 8-1 to start the season, Muddy River has been quiet since the last Power Rankings with only one result, a 242-210 loss to Quebec, on the books. (12 / 105)
10. Anarchy Angels (Mainland Misfits Roller Derby)

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The Anarchy Angels remain in the Top 10 after slowing things down over the summer with a respectable 207-123 loss to Rat City’s Rain of Terror since the last rankings. (10/ -)

The Changes

While the Power Rankings did not have any major shifts in this addition, there were some noticeable minor changes to the Top 10. At the top of the list, Montreal takes over top spot from Terminal City heading in to the WFTDA playoffs. This season began with Montreal, Terminal City and Toronto neck-and-neck, but as its gone on and the New Skids considerable roster changes began to settle, Montreal has surged ahead and while Terminal City has kept pace better than Toronto, MTLRD remains Canada’s greatest hope heading in to the WFTDA D1 playoffs, continuing to find ways to replenish its roster, a mix of excellent internal training and some solid impressive transfers (Team Canada’s Dyna Hurtcha [Toronto] and KonichiWow [Windy City] joined the team mid-season)

Although Tri-City managed to defeat Calgary in the spring, this summer, Calgary’s play has pulled the team slightly ahead of their counterparts. Calgary’s impressive play in losses to high-ranked competition (culminating in a surprisingly close 242-216 loss to Terminal City) gives it the edge over Tri-City who has been quieter and has less impressive performances against lower ranked teams. And finally, Winnipeg has been simply crushing it this summer, defeating its four D3 opponents by an average differential of 191, clearly distancing itself form its D3 competitors.

The Watch List

Dolly Rogers (Capital City Derby Dolls) (13th)

E-Ville Dead (E-Ville Roller Derby) (14th)

Avalanche City Roller Girls (Fernie Roller Derby Society) (15th)

Shipyard Sirens (Fog City Rollers) (16th)

Brute-Leggers (Royal City Roller Girls) (17th)

Two more teams have popped up on the Rankings Crew’s radar: joining E-Ville, Avalanche City and the Brute-Leggers are Capital City’s Dolly Rogers and Fog City’s Shipyard Sirens. Both of these teams have been on and off the Power Rankings bubble before and strong recent play sees them both return. The Dolly Rogers opened the season with a loss to Montreal’s Sexpos, but since then have managed six-straight one-sided wins that have demonstrated an increasing level of play (in May they defeated Kingston’s Disloyalists by 194 points; in an August rematch, they’d increased the differential to 325). The Shipyard Sirens have been, and remain, Muddy River’s primary competition on Canada’s East Coast. Another late start to the season sees them pop up on the Watch List late, but they’ve kicked things off impressively with a smothering 354-69 win over Fredericton’s Capital City Rollers. More recently, they crushed Bangor with a slightly better margin of victory than Muddy River (163 vs. 132), which certainly piqued our interest.

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*These rankings were compiled by the Derby Nerd, Captain Lou El Bammo, Dick Dafone, and Dr. Jenny Fever.

*Get caught up by reading the June Power Rankings here.

-Respectful disagreement and debate is encouraged!-

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Word on the Track: Busy Weekend for Canada’s WFTDA Teams; New Canadian Apprentice Leagues Announced

Montreal's Iron Wench looks to get by Windy City's Hoosier Mama, in Montreal's only loss in 2013. (Photo by Neil Gunner)

Montreal’s Iron Wench looks to get by Windy City’s Hoosier Mama in Montreal’s only loss of 2013. (Photo by Neil Gunner)

BUSY WEEKEND FOR CANADA’S WFTDA TEAMS

Two of Canada’s top three WFTDA teams are in action this weekend, but enter their games as underdogs, while the steadily rebuilding Thunder duel with an Eh! Team that is showing signs of finally turning the corner back into the competitive stream in a busy weekend of WFTDA action as teams tussle for position in the Division One and Two playoffs.

Coming off of a surprisingly hard-fought victory over regional rivals, CN Power, Montreal’s 17th ranked New Skids on the Block (currently 6-1 in 2013) are heading on their first California road trip to take on Bay Area and Santa Cruz this weekend. First up, the Skids are in tough against B.A.D.’s All Stars in Oakland. Currently ranked 4th in the WFTDA, Bay Area is 2-0 in 2013 including a hard fought, widely watched 29-point victory over Rose City (175-146). On Sunday Montreal will take on 62nd ranked Santa Cruz in what should be a significantly easier bout. Santa Cruz has been busy this season, compiling a 6-1 record in sanctioned play, but the highest ranked opponent they’ve defeated is the 29th ranked (and quickly tumbling) Arizona Roller Derby.

Toronto is coming off of its best game of the season (a loss to Montreal). (Photo by Sean Murphy)

Toronto is coming off of its best game of the season (a loss to Montreal). (Photo by Sean Murphy)

49th ranked CN Power is on the road this weekend as well, heading to Ohio to take on 38th ranked Cincinnati in a critical showdown. Toronto’s CN Power, with a 3-5 record, has been somewhat inconsistent as of late (great victories or performances against Ohio Roller Girls, Queen City and Killamazoo are buffered by surprise losses to Rideau Valley and Grand Raggidy), but they are coming off of their best performance of the season against the New Skids on the Block in Montreal (a 210-121 loss) and will need the same sort of effort against Cincinnati this weekend. Cincinnati, who is holding on to one of the last Division One playoff spots) has burst put of the gates so far in 2013, compiling a 6-2 record, and they do have two common opponents with Toronto, the results of which point to a tight game this weekend: Cincinnati lost to Naptown by 147 points, while Toronto lost by 143; Cincinnati defeated Killamazoo by 109 points, while Toronto defeated Killamazoo by 94 points. It should be a great showdown, and will be streamed live online here.

Finally, the 133rd ranked Hammer City hosts 50th ranked Tri-City in a southern Ontario showdown that has the potential to shake things up considerably. The Eh! Team, once Canada’s top team, has been struggling to find its footing in the WFTDA. After starting the season 0-3, they recently picked up their first win of 2013, a 258-129 victory over Circle City. After surging up the WFTDA rankings over the past two season, the Thunder are also rebuilding in 2013 after some off-season transfers and retirements, and are 0-2 on the season suffering big losses to Montreal and Killamazoo.

wftdatvlogoWFTDA.TV RELEASES 2013 SCHEDULE

WFTDA.TV has released its complete 2013 schedule and it begins this weekend with the Texas vs. Rocky Mountain showdown live from Denver. While some of the highlights include London’s game against Rose City in Portland (on June 5th as part of London’s West Coast roadtrip) and the East Coast Derby Extravaganza, WFTDA.TV has also announced that it will be covering both Division 2 playoff rounds.

While the majority of the broadcasts will be free (including the Division 2 playoffs), the same pay per view pay scale from 2012 will be in place for the Division 1 playoffs ($12 for the “regionals” and $20 for the championships or $50 for all five tournaments). There was some controversy around the pay per view model in 2013, but given the scope and quality of the broadcasts, it seems a small price to pay to watch the best roller derby the sport has to offer.

MUDDY RIVER, FOG CITY AMONG NEW WFTDA APPRENTICE LEAGUESMuddy River Logo

And finally, a slightly belated congratulations is in order for Moncton’s Muddy River Rollers and the Fog City Rollers out of Saint John who have officially begun their WFTDA apprenticeship.

The WFTDA recently released the names of its new batch of apprentice leagues and along with the Canadian and American teams named, the list also included teams from Argentina, Australia, England, Sweden, and Germany. Muddy River and Fog City have been leading the wave of Atlantic Canadian roller derby and finished 1-2 in last year’s RDAC Atlantic Championships. They both competed in the RDAC Championships in Edmonton this year as well.

** You can watch the Cincinnati vs. Toronto showdown here.

Word on the Track: Montreal Downs Boston, Saskatoon wins RDAC Champs, WFTDA Releases Rankings

MONTREAL TAKES TWO ON WEEKEND ROADTRIP

Montreal New Skids are now 3-0 in sanctioned play to kick off 2013.

Montreal New Skids are now 3-0 in sanctioned play to kick off 2013.

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

RDAC held its first championship, featuring teams from three of its regions.

RDAC held its first championship, featuring teams from three of its regions.

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.mindfoxlogo The Mindfox (Saskatoon Roller Derby) (Defeated Sugar Skulls 245-188 in the final)

2.Sugar Skulls Derby LOGO Sugar Skulls (Pile O’ Bones Derby Club)

3.Evile Dead LogoE-Ville Dead (E-Ville Roller Derby)(Defeated Kootenay Kannibelles 164-158 in 3rd place game)

4. kannibelles LogoKootenay Kannibelles (West Kootenay Roller Derby)

5. Lumbersmacks LogoLumbersmacks (Muddy River Rollers) (defeated Shipyard Sirens 238-187 in 5th place game)

6. Shipyard Sirens LogoShipyard Sirens (Fog City Rollers)

** All games are archived on Canuck Derby TV.**

WFTDA logoWFTDA 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.

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From Muddy Rivers to Foggy Cities, Flat Track Roller Derby is Thriving on the East Coast

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Women’s flat track roller derby is the fastest growing sport on the planet, and with over 90 leagues, Canada is at the forefront of this growth. Beginning in major centres in southern Ontario, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, the sport has spread to every corner of Canada’s vast expanse. The latest front line of Canada’s roller derby revolution is on the east coast where once again major cities are leading the way. The Atlantic capitals of St. John’s, Halifax, Charlottetown and Fredericton all have established leagues, with Moncton, St. John and Dieppe rounding out the surprising growth of New Brunswick’s scene. On Saturday, August 20, Moncton’s Muddy River Rollers hosted Saint. John’s Fog City Rollers in a double header featuring the hometeams from the two cities in a brilliant display of the thriving east coast game.

Reines of Terror (in blue) kicked things off against the Scarlet Swarm. (Photography by Andy Quinlan: http://www.quinlanphotographic.com)

GAME ONE: Scarlet Swarm (FCR) 21 vs. Reines of Terror (MRR) 113

It was a steamy night in Moncton and the heat enveloped the venue, Kay Arena—an attractive new arena in the city’s east end.  While Muddy River may be a comparative newcomer to the flat track community, walking into the venue pre bout was like walking into a roller derby venue anywhere across the country. The east coast explosion has mirrored other newer movements across the country in that the growth rate (both on and off the track) has been phenomenal. “It is amazing how far ahead we are now from where we were just a year ago,” says Reines of Terror assistant captain Brandy Swifter, “and the JAMboree was one of the main reasons for that…we learned things we didn’t even know about!”  In mid July, Muddy River hosted the first ever Atlantic JAMboree, a weekend long tournament featuring the east coast teams joined by Ottawa’s newest league, the Capital City Derby Dolls). “We had some top notch coaches (Like Canuck Derby TV’s Dr. Johnny Capote, Montreal’s Georgia W. Tush, and Oil City’s Coach Lime) come out and help us out with things and teach us things that we had no idea about. All the leagues recognized this and are now putting it into play on the track.”

These kinds of share-all events have become a staple in the development of flat track roller derby, and typify the inclusive and sharing nature of the community. It is an aspect of the sport that has been embraced in the east.  “The best part (of east coast roller derby) is we’re close enough to travel easily,” points out Bambi Romano, coach of Fog City’s Scarlet Swarm. “Everyone’s (sharing) knowledge and helping each other out, and this has caught us up to everyone really quickly.” He also acknowledges the work that Tush and Dr. Johnny have done for roller derby in the province. And like all new leagues, Fog City has embraced losing: “You don’t mind losing against someone who is teaching you,” Bambi says. “If you coach against someone who is better than you are, it’s going to make you better.”

ROT assistant captain had a strong bout jamming and in the pack.

While the larger story of Atlantic Canadian roller derby has much left to be written, in these early chapters Muddy River has emerged as the competitive leader on the track (the travel team, the Lumbersmacks, recently put in a competitive showing at the CWRDA Eastern Canadian Championship). In the first bout of the double header, ROT (Reines of Terror) looked to solidify the growing reputation of the league. They kicked things off with an impressive one-two jammer punch from their captains Brandy Swifter and Burn ‘N RubHer that the Scarlet Swarm didn’t seem to have an answer for.  An early ROT power jam (after a back block major from the Swarm’s excellent Lee-Animator) saw Burn ‘N RubHer lay down 14 points and helped ROT off to an explosive 17-0 lead only four minutes in. ROT continued that dominance with five straight lead jams to kick off the bout before Swarm’s Fancy Nancy was able to grab a lead and put a few points on the board.  Nancy and Lee-Animator continued their excellent jamming throughout the half, but it was the pack work of ROT (led by, among others, Smasherella who has great track sense—from giving timely pushes to holding position when necessary) that was the clear difference.  A brilliantly paced power kill late in the half further frustrated the Swarm and helped ROT take a 41-10 lead into the break.

ROT produced some solid walls; a product of great pack communication.

Coach Bambi was aware of the strengths of ROT. “They are a smart team,” he acknowledges, “and they communicate very well on the track.” This communication was evident in the second half as ROT began to tighten up their pack play and stepped up their game.  Strong pack work from Thora Thunder and Malicious Kitty (who also donned the star) and great defensive teamwork from a line featuring Brandy Swifter, Floor Play, Tank’er Belle and Jamanda Maulograms (who also executed a relentless trap on a late power jam) allowed ROT to increase their lead in the second half. Despite the one-sided victory, Brandy Swifter was impressed with her opponents. “They (Fog City) have come such a long way; it was a good game,” she said post bout. Scarlet Swarn captain Suzie SkinHer was also happy with the way her team played, remembering how challenging Muddy River had been early on. “For every strategy we had, they had a counter strategy,” she said, “but we’ve come a long way since our first game of the season against them.” Coach Bambi also says that the “rogue” play his team was known for is slowing changing. “We’ve started to talk strategy a lot more in practice. We pulled them back and worked more on team play.” Like all new flat track teams that have come before them, they’ve learned that “going rogue all the time doesn’t necessarily help you.” A wise analysis moving forward.

GAME TWO: Daughters of Anarchy (MRR) 40 vs. Razor Girls (FCR) 73

While there was an appreciative crowd in the building and a loud travelling contingent from Fog City, it was clear that this was an audience still being educated about the sport, and the crowds in the east have not yet reached the consistent sell-outs seen in more established centres like Toronto and Montreal. Brandy Swifter acknowledges that Muddy River is still battling stereotypes and stigmas about roller roller derby in the community. “It’s tough…we have to find our niche,” she says, and spoke about a lot of the misinformed opinions they are hearing about roller derby   “Everyone we talk to still thinks that (it is like the over-the-top sports entertainment of banked track in the late 70s and 80s)…it’s all Skinny Minnie Miller comments.” But those who have discovered it, like it a lot.  “I think it’s really good for the young girls,” Coach Bambi says of the reception they’ve been getting in Saint. John and the importance of battling through these stereotypes. “I think it’s good for the women in these communities to come out and watch these girls really own a sport.”

Muddy River's Burn 'N RubHer was one of a few skaters who skated in both bouts.

It was clear from the early going that the second bout of the night was not going to be as one-sided as the first. Despite the fact that both teams were tracking depleted eleven-skater rosters (Muddy River’s DOA [Daughters of Anarchy] even had to borrow almost half their skaters from ROT), the bout kicked off at a high pace, featuring some great early jammer battles between DOA’s Sienna Killer and DeceptiCat and Razor Girls’ Katie Clubher and H-Two Oh No! But when Razor’s Tacky Tammy took the third straight lead for the Fog City and DOA jammer Ms. Hate found herself heading to the penalty box, it was clear that the Fog City team was beginning to take control of the game. But one of the double-duty skaters Burn ‘N RubHer performed brilliantly one-on-one against the Razor’s jammer Nessa Quik to help alleviate some of the pressure and keep the game from getting out of control. The bout was still wide open, 39-17 (Razor Girls) at the half.

Post bout, Burn ‘N admitted that some of the double-rostered Muddy River skaters were feeling the heat in the second game, but the biggest challenge they faced came in the form of an awesome opposing skater: Razor Girls’ triple threat Auburn Rubber (Fog City leaguemate Suzie SkinHer refered to her as the “brains on the track”). Auburn perhaps had the performance of the night and was able to successfully neutralize many of DOA’s skaters one-on-one. With the score still close—58-31 with only eight minutes left—and DOA pressing, a skillfully executed “Sanchez” (block and whip) by Auburn helped get a trapped Razor jammer through the pack and force an early jam call from Ms. Hate that killed some of DOA’s momentum. Pivot/jammer H-Two Oh No! continued her strong play as well, and aided by solid games from Alien She, Katie Clubher and reliable late-bout jamming from Lexxie Lasher, the Razor Girls were able to hold on for the impressive 33 point victory, a taste of revenge for the team who’d lost to DOA at the JAMboree. More importantly, this marked the first ever victory for a Fog City team over one of their Muddy River counterparts.

Razor Girls' Katie Clubher splits the defense on a pass late in the bout.

But in the bigger picture, wins and losses at this stage of the game mean very little. For these thriving east coast leagues it’s all about experience. “Sometimes we run into hiccups at practice and can’t quite figure out strategies,” Brandy Swifter says about some of Muddy River’s early derby growing pains, ”but then when we get on the track it just happens,” she laughs, but this highlights the invaluable (and incalculable) importance of experience in developing track sense. While this comes from playing, it also comes from watching as well. Fog City’s Suzie SkinHer says going to Montreal’s Beast of the East this season was very important for Fog City’s growth as a league. “It was a real eye opener,” she says of the level of play at the annual Montreal event, “like watching derby royalty!”

“The sky is the limit,” Bambi Romano says of Fog City’s aspirations in particular, but which could describe east coast roller derby in general. And based on the on-track success of this event on a balmy night in a Moncton arena, a truer description could not have been spoken.

**Muddy River’s next bout will see the Daughters of Anarchy hosting the Capital City Rollers’ Daisy Cutters (Fredericton) on Saturday, August 27. See the website for details.

**Fog City Rollers will be hosting an open house on Saturday, August 27. See website for details.