I won free access to the rest of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association
regional playoffs on WFTDA.tv
in a trivia contest on Facebook. (Previous years have seen the low-def broadcast of the playoffs available for free on the Derby News Network
; but this year, WFTDA has decided to make the video broadcasts available only at a premium.) (You can still listen live for free at WFTDA.tv, but if you don't know derby, it's probably difficult to visualize what's going on.)
This means that I was able to watch my beloved DC Rollergirls in the Sugarbush Showdown East Region Playoffs
They came into the playoffs as the #10 seed, meaning they barely squeaked in over the other 33 teams in the region that didn't make it to playoffs. Naturally, they were not expected to win against the #7 seed Boston Derby Dames
And they didn't. They fought hard but ultimately lost, and in doing so, lost a place in the national championships coming up next month.
But their fight wasn't over.
The consolation bout pitted them against the #5 seed Steel City Derby Demons
. DC started out strong with a lead greater than 30 points over Steel City, which they had lost by the half. The second period was intense; and the last five minutes, as the two leagues battled for the lead, were especially nail-biting.
The final score was 239-223 ... DC.
As the rest of us cheered madly from our sofas and office chairs, the DC Rollergirls geared up for their next bout against the #8 Carolina Rollergirls
. Carolina fought hard, but DC fought harder, taking the win at 210-179.
Their next bout, tomorrow, is for 5th place in the East Region.
Not bad for li'l ol' #10. They won't compete at Nationals, but look at them go!
I AM SO PROUD!!
Tampa Roller Derby
goes into the Landlocked Lace-Up South Central Region Playoffs
next week in 4th place in the region.
This is, I understand, our first real shot at Nationals. GO, TANTRUMS!
Roller derby is everywhere folks. I can almost guarantee that there is a league, either WFTDA, WFTDA-apprentice, or aspiring to WFTDA apprenticeship, near you. Or, if ladies' sports aren't your thing, there are some incredible men's teams skating in the Men's Roller Derby Association
. (I love me some men's derby!)
Roller derby is a fantastic sport with some incredible athletes; and if you're not watching, you are missing out. Support your local roller derby league!
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