photo by Sean Hale
Philly Roller Girls would like to thank everyone for an awesome season in 2014! We had many nail-biting moments on the track and we’re really excited for what 2015 will bring. But first, let’s recap the end of the season for the Liberty Belles who traveled to West Virginia for playoffs and ultimately landed a spot in this year’s WFTDA Championship Tournament after placing 3rd overall.
In their first playoff game of the weekend on October 3, the Belles emerged victorious by a score of 320-116 over the Boston Derby Dames. Saturday’s match-up against Australia’s Victorian Roller Derby League proved challenging and ultimately the Belles fell 185-119. The Belles went on to defeat Atlanta Rollergirls by 67 points (183-116) in their final game of the weekend which earned them a spot at WFTDA Champs (they have qualified every year since 2008.)
A few weeks later, Champs weekend kicked off on October 31 with a Halloween matchup against the Denver Roller Dolls. As outlined by Derby Central, the first half of play featured fast-moving packs and jammer chasing, while Denver struggled with penalties (19 to Philly’s 9 by the end of the first half.) Philly was able to keep Denver working down to the last minute and the final score was Denver 148 to Philly 139, a spread of only 9 points. To view photos of Denver vs. Philly, click here. To view the game in its entirety via the WFTDA archives, click here.
See you in 2015!
The Philly Roller Girls have qualified for WFTDA Champs every year since 2008 and this year is no exception. They’re rolling down to Nashville after placing 3rd at the Charleston Playoffs - which gave them a bump in rankings up to #10 - to face Denver Roller Dolls in the first game of the weekend. These two teams don’t have much history, only playing three games against each other, the most recent being at ECDX 2012 which Denver won 228-130. The Liberty Belles’ only win against the Mile High Club was a 119-106 decision back in 2010 but given what the Belles have achieved so far this year, Denver will have their hands full. To catch all the non-stop derby action, make sure you purchase your weekend pass viaWFTDA.tv. We look forward to watching our Liberty Belles in action on Friday, October 31, 2014 against Denver during the 2014 WFTDA Champs. Good luck, Belles!
WE ARE PHILLY!
For a complete overview of Philly’s season so far, check out this awesome write-up by Derby Central.
It gives us great pleasure to announce the Philly Roller Girls' 2014 charity partner: Philly Girls in Motion!
Philly Girls in Motion is a volunteer driven organization that encourages and motivates girls and their families to participate in fitness activities and learn about healthy nutrition. This local organization works in communities to start running/jogging clubs, provide group exercise classes, and deliver messages about healthy choices in Recreation Centers and schools in and around Philadelphia. Together, PRG and Philly Girls In Motion hope to continue promoting health and wellness for women in the Philadelphia region.
Learn more about Philly Girls In Motion at www.phillygirlsinmotion.org