AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls of Denver, Colorado, have won the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s 2010 Championship. Their thrilling 1-point win over the Oly Rollers, of Olympia, Washington, to clinch the championship Nov. 7 capped a roller derby tournament season that was full of surprises.
The WFTDA Championship Tournament featured 12 teams and drew approximately 7,000 fans over the three days of the tournament. The Windy City Rollers hosted this year’s Championships, dubbed the “Uproar on the Lakeshore,” in Chicago, IL.
The Championships are the final act in the WFTDA’s five-tournament season, which begins with four regional Playoffs. Teams earn their slots by placing first, second or third in their respective Playoffs.
Rocky Mountain’s all-star team, the 5280 Fight Club, began WFTDA Playoff season ranked at No. 2 in the West Region. On their road to No. 1 in the WFTDA, the Fight Club had to twice defeat 2009 WFTDA Champions, the Oly Rollers’ Cosa Nostra Donnas – once to win the West Region Playoffs and again in the final game of the Championships. Rocky Mountain also defeated 2008 WFTDA Champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby of New York, New York, during the tournament.
“We are absolutely thrilled to take home the Hydra to our league,” 5280 Fight Club Co-Captain Frida Beater said. The Hydra is the WFTDA championship trophy. “Everyone involved with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls should be credited with our win as we have all sacrificed so much to climb to where we are. Thank you to Oly for making us fight for every single point and for being great athletes and friends. Thank you to WFTDA and the Windy City Rollers for a professionally run tournament that truly showcased the athleticism and strategy of our sport.”
Oly took second place in the championship tournament and Sassy, one of the Cosa Nostra Donnas’ primary pivots, was named the Most Valuable Player for the Championship Tournament.
Gotham took third after besting the Philly Roller Girls of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the match to determine third and fourth place.
In addition to fierce competition between teams, the 2010 tournaments saw a new scoring record. Primp Daddy, of the Rat City Rollergirls, scored 39 points during a single jam during the West Region Playoffs.