Bear City Roller Derby

#15 E-Ville rises over Bear City, 207-187

#15 E-Ville rises over Bear City, 207-187 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

It was a dogfight in Pittsburgh between #14 Bear City and #15 E-Ville, facing off for the first time for the chance to take on #5 Oklahoma and a shot at 7th place. Bear City commanded lead jammer status through much of the game but was undone by a series of high-scoring jams from Shania Pain, as the E-Ville jammer put up 133 points to guide their team to a 207-187 victory.

#14 Bear City Claws Past #10 Pirate City, 275-253

#14 Bear City Claws Past #10 Pirate City, 275-253 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In a nail-biter of a game, #10 seed Pirate City took on #14 seed Bear City. Both teams were coming off of losses yesterday and came out of the gate looking to clench today’s victory.

While Bear City held lead for the majority of game, Pirate gave them a run for their money, slowly closing the lead a bit at a time until the game was tied at 241 when the game clock expired. However, in the overtime jam, a trip to the penalty box for Pirate City allowed Bear City to collect points, ultimately winning 275-253. Bear City will play E-Ville later this evening at 6:30pm EDT

#3 Paris Rollergirls Beat #14 Bear City in their First Playoff, 205-152

#3 Paris Rollergirls Beat #14 Bear City in their First Playoff, 205-152 Photo credit Sean Hale

Not showing a hint of jet lag were the two Europeans, in the game between Paris Rollergirls (#3) and Bear City Roller Derby (#14). Bear City was hoping to pull a Dublin and up-end their significantly higher-ranked opponent.

This was the first time Paris took the track at a WFTDA International Playoff, but Bear City has been known as the Comeback Champions in past years. If there is anything the world has learned about Bear City, it’s not to count them out.

2017 European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC)

2017 European Roller Derby Organizational Conference (EROC) Photo credit: Michael Wittig. facebook.com/Michael.Wittig.Berlin

Roller Derby as we know it now has been strongly rooted in the United States since the early 2000s, with many leagues hitting their 10-year mark the last few years. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association has been a means to support and connect leagues, but being based in the U.S. it can only reach so far. WFTDA tournaments have always been held in the North America, eight of the top ten teams are from the U.S., and all of WFTDA leadership is located in the States which often gives the rest of the world a feeling of disconnect.

Roller Derby has spread around the globe now, but at a rate that hasn’t been able to fully support itself. After derby hit Europe in 2006, one of the ways the continent has sought to connect different nations and foster the growth of the sport has been the European Roller Derby Organizational Conference. Bear City will be hosting the 8th annual EROC next month.

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Lansing Central

The first WFTDA Division 2 tournament took place last weekend in Wichita, Kansas, and resulted in Brandywine taking first place over Blue Ridge. Both those teams will be heading to Portland, Oregon, in November to take on the top two finishers of this tournament for their ultimate Division 2 placements. See how each team got to Playoffs this season with our D2 Lansing preview.