Derby News

2017 MRDA Championships

Hosted by South Wales Silures and the Men’s Roller Derby Association, the 2017 MRDA Champs take place outside the United States for the first time in Cwmbran, Wales.

This is also the first year that MRDA held Playoff tournaments prior to the Champs bracket. Playoff #1 was held in Toulouse, France the weekend of July 29th-30th. Five teams participated there with the Toulouse Quad Guards and Manchester Roller Derby advancing to Champs. At Playoff #2 in Richmond, BC, Canada seven teams played for the final two spots in Wales which went to the Philly Hooligans and Austin Anarchy.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Central

The 2017 WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs start in Seattle, Washington, this weekend, September 1st-3rd, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. Within the new WFTDA tournament format, it will be the top four placing teams that will advance to Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Teams below are listed with their Playoff seeding first and their June 30th WFTDA Ranking in parenthesis. Local time for the tournament is Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). Watch the games on WFTDA.tv and follow our Playoff coverage here and on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

If you would like to help with future tournaments by writing recaps or taking pictures, please contact us at tournaments@derbycentral.net.

2017 WFTDA D2 Tournaments: Pittsburgh Central

The 2017 WFTDA D2 Playoffs and Championships took place in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of August 18-20th. This was the first time that both Playoff brackets ran concurrently on two tracks on Friday and Saturday and then fed into a Championship bracket on Sunday.

Read up on all 16 teams who attended with our Pittsburgh Preview, and check out the rest of WFTDA Playoffs with our June Rankings and Seeding analysis. Get to know the leagues who were new to WFTDA D2 Playoffs this year: Dublin, Pirate City, Middlesbrough, Paris, E-Ville, and Auld Reekie (coming soon).

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: E-Ville Roller Derby

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: E-Ville Roller Derby Photo credit: Matt Duboff Photography. facebook.com/mattduboffphotography

E-Ville Roller Derby is one of four Canadian teams who qualified for WFTDA Playoffs this year. They join the list of seven teams making the trip for the first time in 2017.

Although the team is located in North America, travel can still be a big undertaking for Canadian teams. E-Ville has been around for over a decade, but they only recently became a member of WFTDA.

Read on to see how their journey will take them from Edmonton, Alberta, to Pittsburgh, PA, this weekend for Division 2 Playoffs.

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls Photo credit: Cedric Hervaud. facebook.com/cedric.hervaud.3

The Paris Rollergirls are another team putting their country on the WFTDA map this year, with their Playoff debut. Like most teams with a competitive edge, they dreamed of making tournaments and after taking a risk, Paris realized how attainable their goals really were.

Going 5-0 in sanctioned games this season, Paris’s passion is taking them all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, as a #3 seed at the Division 2 Playoffs. Read on to learn more about the French roller derby scene, and how the drive and commitment of the Paris Rollergirls have taken them this far.