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Off-Track Banter: Tui Lyon

Off-Track Banter: Tui Lyon Photo by Matt Becker

Roller derby has been nothing short of a roaring worldwide adventure for Tui Lyon. She started her derby career with Victorian Roller Derby League in 2008. Then, following a  two-year stint as skater, coach, and captain at Tiger Bay in Wales, Tui went back to Australia to play another four years with Victoria, helping them capture the bronze medal at last year’s WFTDA Championship tournament.

The Big O Preview: Part 1 WFTDA

The Big O Preview: Part 1 WFTDA Texas vs Victoria from 2015 Champs. Photo by Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

Hosting the Big O since 2012, Emerald City Roller Derby has put together perhaps the most exciting lineup yet, with 7 of the top 10 WFTDA leagues attending, 4 different countries, MRDA leagues, Junior leagues, and expo bouts by both the women’s and men’s USA national teams. This will also be the first look at most of the teams attending, and with a list of skaters from around the world either retiring or moving between teams, there are some revised rosters that will be tested this weekend.

This WFTDA Recognized Tournament will not only air on WFTDA.tv, but 2 games on Saturday night will be broadcast on ESPN3, like the final day of WFTDA Championships was last fall. Check back to our Big O Central page (coming soon) for scores, recaps, and more. Follow us on Twitter (@CentralDerby) and Instagram (@DerbyCentral) for updates as the weekend progresses as well.

2015 WFTDA Champs Central

2015 WFTDA Champs Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

The 2015 WFTDA Championships have come and gone, and 12 Division 1 teams and 4 Division 2 teams are all gathered at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota to decide the Champions of each Division. If you need to catch up on how all the teams got there, read up on Kansas City and Demolition City’s history in Cleveland, or Nashville and Sacred City’s success in Detroit. Catch up on D1’s Victoria, Bay Area, and Arch Rival from Tucson; London, Jacksonville, and Denver from Jacksonville; Rose City, Texas, and Rat City from Dallas; and Gotham, Angel City, and Minnesota from Omaha.

D1 Champs: London takes down Angel City, 158-126

D1 Champs: London takes down Angel City, 158-126 Photo by Donna Olmstead

ST. PAUL, MN — The last time #3 London and #6 Angel City met, it was on ACDG’s hometurf and London finished with nearly a 100-point win. It looked like it was going to be another London dominated game as they got off to an early lead, but Angel City slowly chipped away at their lead before taking it over with a 57% lead status advantage in the first half.

London resumed the lead before the half, but Angel City assured that it would be anyone’s game until the very end. Blocker penalties ultimately diminished Angel City’s effectiveness and London Brawling secured their advancement in the tournament with a 158-126 win over the Hollywood Scarlets.

D1 Champs: Angel City Exterminates Rat City, 169-101

D1 Champs: Angel City Exterminates Rat City, 169-101 Photo by Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

ST. PAUL, MN –  Angel City utilised a deep jammer line, with four of their top jammers holding almost equivalent amounts of track time, leaving each of them fresh and ready to juke and move their way through a Rat City blocking team that just couldn’t quite contain them. Ultimately, it was that part of the Angel City recipe that pushed them through with points additions, although the final third of the game was dominated by an epic scoring shut-down on Rat City by Angel’s blockers – lead by the Captaining and blocking force that is Laci Knight. The final score of 169-101 gave Angel City the win to meet London tomorrow in the first game at 10am CST.