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First Ever Roller Derby National Championships to be at West Edmonton Mall

Friday, January 25th, 2013

The weekend of March 15-17, 2013 the Ice Palace at the West Edmonton Mall will be hosting the FIRST EVER  Roller Derby Association of Canada National Championships tournament. 6 regionally qualified teams from across the country will be competing for the national title.

West Edmonton Mall Ice Palace

Edmonton is a very fitting place to hold the inaugural RDAC National Tournament. Not only was roller derby in Canada started in Edmonton, when the Oil City Derby Girls were founded in 2005, but it now hosts multiple leagues within the area, and has a well established love and excitement for the sport. (more…)

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Edmonton Juniors to Attend Roller Derby Tournament in the US

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

GEJRDA Skaters in action

The explosive growth of Roller Derby in Canada, has also extended to teams for juniors.

The Greater Edmonton Junior Roller Derby Association (GEJRDA) is Canada’s oldest junior Roller Derby League. In just over 3 years it has grown from 8 to 60+ skaters. Like their adult counterparts, the largest challenges to their growth is the availability of concrete surfaces year round, and an understanding of the sport…as a legitimate sport. (more…)

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NHL Lockout=Follow a New Sport: Roller Derby

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

 

 

Wildrose Cup, 2012

Our national sport will be noticeably absent for a while. What better opportunity to expand your sports repertoire. The gaping void will need to be filled, and I have a great suggestion for you. Why not check out a local Roller Derby game? In Alberta alone, there are more than 17 adult leagues and 4 junior leagues (and growing continuously) There is not a Saturday night that goes by without a game within your reach.

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Roller Derby: Major Problem from Quick Growth

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Oil City Ref, Jefftimus, as captured by Anthony Canada

Roller Derby would not be the controlled sport it has become without a strong ruleset. We would still be back in the days of scripted action, ala WWE, without strict governing guidelines, and people to enforce them: referees.

For those not familiar with Roller Derby, 7 refs per game may seem excessive. One only needs to be somewhat familiar with the WFTDA (Womens Flat Track Derby Association) rules to understand the necessity of this number. Each jammer (there are two) has their own ref. There are outside pack refs, inside pack refs, etc. They watch for incidental penalties and flagrant violations. (more…)

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Roller Derby’s Biggest Challenge to Growth

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Winter is a challenging time for Roller Derby in Canada. Facilities that are big enough to host practices and bouts that do NOT have ice in them, are limited. The derby community is a creative bunch though, and somehow, they always pull through.

There are dreams, however.  Dreams of venues dedicated to the sport. Dreams of Roller Derby having paid players. Dreams of Roller Derby world domination….oops, maybe that’s a bit much, but I think you get the gist.

Calgary's Olympic Oval - Home of Flat Track Fever

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Oil City Derby Girls Win WildRose Cup for 2nd Year!

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

Oil City All-Stars, Wildrose Cup Champions 2011, photo credit: Papa Razzo

With more than 1100 enthusiastic Roller Derby fans in attendance, the Oil City All-Stars successsfully defended their title of holders of the WildRose Cup, against the E-Ville Dead.

With the historic animosity between these two teams, many expected this to be a rather volatile game. While the adrenaline was definitely pumping, both teams treated the crowd to a great example of how Roller Derby should be played…aggressive, but respectful, strategic and full of heart. These ladies layed it all out on the track. (more…)

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Hype Building for Historic Roller Derby Game in Edmonton

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Wild Rose Cup 2011

If you live in Edmonton, and don’t live under a shell, you will start hearing snippets of teasers for the biggest matchup, in roller derby, that this city has ever seen! If you pass Northlands, an ad will be blazing on the jumbotron. Local news, both radio and television, will be broadcasting information. Let’s not forget social media. Yes, events on social media spread like wildfire, so, via a friend, or a friend of a friend, there is a pretty good chance of you either getting an event invite, or see something in someone’s status updates.

The bout (as roller derby games are called) is on September 17 at Northlands, Hall D. (more…)

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Much Anticipated Roller Derby Team Canada Roster Announced!

Friday, August 5th, 2011

For the last few weeks, after the final rounds of tryouts from coast to coast were completed, the Canadian Roller Derby community held its collective breath, in anticipation of the roster being announced. Well folks, wait no longer, here it is!!

Team Canada Roller Derby

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Things I have learned from Roller Derby

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

As I was lying in a pool of my own sweat at hot yoga yesterday, I was contemplating my life. In just over 2 short years, I have lost my Dad, my dog and last week, my Mom. My husband is in Afghanistan yet again, I run a business, have two young kids and was having a lapse in sanity a few months ago, and ended up with a psychotic puppy. You can imagine that I need a release from my stress, hence the attempt at hot yoga.

Wildrose Cup - September 17, 2011

What became glaringly clear though, as I melted away on the floor, was that I have been lucky enough to have something in my life that helps me through it all….Roller Derby, and the gloriously dysfunctional new family that comes along with it. (more…)

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Historic moment for Edmonton Roller Derby

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

The Oil City Derby Girls have just signed a contract to play the E-Ville Roller Derby League on September 17, 2011 for the Wild Rose Cup! This is an historic moment in Western Flat Track Roller Derby.

Interleague representatives show the signed contract! Pamtera from Oil City and Nerd Badger from E-Ville.

Interleague representatives show the signed contract! Pamtera from Oil City and Nerd Badger from E-Ville.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the history of this sport, five years ago there was only one roller derby league in Edmonton: The Oil City Derby Girls. Some of the members branched off and formed the E-Ville Roller Derby League to prove that, like heads, two leagues are indeed better than one – and it seems that they may have been right. Over the past five years both teams have been striving for success, learning from losses and racking up wins in games with teams all over Canada and the USA. (more…)

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Tracking the Growth and Popularity of Roller Derby

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

Photo by Anthony Canada

You know a sport is growing exponentially when there are internet sites dedicated specifically to tracking new teams internationally.

On Derby Earth they track and map, just about every Derby league on the planet!! From banked track, to WFTDA Leagues, to independants and juniors, this site is a one-stop shop for people looking to find Roller Derby Worldwide! (more…)

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Busy Weekend for Roller Derby in Western Canada

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Whether you are aware of it or not, roller derby is happening all around us. As you are reading this, there is a league somewhere in Canada running a practice or scrimmage or ref clinic.

This weekend was a busy one for the sport in Western Canada.

Photo by Troy Marshall Hill

In Armstrong, BC, the Okanagan Shushwap Roller Derby Association hosted a double header to the delight of fans from BC and AB. Mens roller derby was represented by the Glenmore Reservoir Dogs from Calgary and the Vancouver Murder. Final score was 204-74 for the boys from Vancouver. The women played in an all-star black vrs. white bout, with teams made up of skaters from leagues in BC and AB. (more…)

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What to expect at a Roller derby Bout

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Photo by Anthony Canada

I know, you are all wondering the same thing, right? Those of you that are not seasoned fans yet, might need a little advice and guidance in this area…lol.

How does one behave at a Roller Derby bout? What can we expect at our first bout? All valid concerns my dear friends. As a lover of the sport (and skater, board member and fan)let me take you through this one step at a time, a helpful little guide detailing what to wear, what to bring and when it’s okay to touch a derby girl. (more…)

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Roller Derby World Cup 2011

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

Oil City Derby Girls win Wildrose Cup 2010

Yes, you read it right…Roller Derby World Cup. Hmmm, interesting. And by WORLD Cup, they literally mean the WORLD!

Blood _ Thunder Magazine, an American magazine dedicated solely to women’s roller derby, announced that they will be organizing the first every Roller Derby World Cup. It will be hosted by Toronto Roller Derby on the weekend of December 1-4, 2011. SO, not only is it a FIRST, it will be in Canada! (more…)

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