MONTRÉAL, QC – The #3 seed Bay Area has been to the last four consecutive WFTDA Championships, while Montréal—and all Canadian teams—have never earned an invitation. In a situation familiar to the 2013 and 2015 New Skids, Montréal found themselves in the bronze medal game, but this time, in front of a home crowd. The game was tense and close throughout, but a smart New Skids side were able to take advantage of the final jam, earning the 178-166 win.
Getting an invite to one of WFTDA’s Tournaments is a huge goal for many roller derby leagues, and this year five teams achieved that dream for the very first time. Last week we talked about the goals and plans of the UK’s Rainy City Roller Derby, and today we have another team from Europe, Nidaros Roller Derby.
As the first Norwegian team to make it this far, Nidaros has already traveled great distances to get a place in the top 60 teams. In fact, you may remember some of their stories when we featured them in an article last year. Having journeyed to the United States Midwest earlier this year, they will be returning this month, but this time it will be for Division 2 Playoffs. Here, we’ll be focusing in on their many tournament experiences and how the World Cup helped their skaters gain more than just a chance to play Team USA.