Thursday, July 17, 2014

Blue Ridge Roller Derby qualifies for Women's Roller Derby Playoffs

Blue Ridge Rollergirls to Compete in Division 1 Tournament in Sacramento, CA 
The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced today that the Blue Ridge Rollergirls qualified for the 2014 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Sacramento, California, Sept. 5-7, as the #10 seed. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

Ariel Zimmerman, who jams for Blue Ridge as Little MerMadness, is excited for the chance to play roller derby at the highest possible level. “The odds might not be in our favor,” she states, “but no matter what happens, we will come out stronger than when we went in.”

The international WFTDA Playoffs and Championships tournament series brings together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands, or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be playing in Sacramento Sept. 5-7 to compete for a shot at advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November. The top three teams from each of the four international D1 Playoffs will attend Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honor: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

  1. Gotham Girls Roller Derby, New York, NY, USA
  2. Minnesota RollerGirls, St. Paul, MN, USA
  3. Denver Roller Dolls, Denver, CO, USA
  4. Rat City Rollergirls, Seattle, WA, USA
  5. Terminal City Rollergirls, Vancouver, Canada
  6. Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz, CA, USA
  7. Tampa Roller Derby, Tampa, FL, USA
  8. Kansas City Roller Warriors, Kansas City, MO, USA
  9. New Hampshire Roller Derby, Manchester, NH, USA
  10. Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville, NC, USA

The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer seven full weekends of full-contact competition. Learn how to join the action in Sacramento; at the Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, Oct. 31-Nov. 2; or, at any of the WFTDA postseason events at Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on the Blue Ridge Rollergirls from home, via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel,!

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