WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament

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WFTDA Eastern Region Playoff
Tournament information
Location Various
Month played September
Established 2007
Format Knockout
Current champion
Gotham Girls Roller Derby

The WFTDA East Region Playoffs or WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament was one of four annual roller derby regional qualifying tournaments for the WFTDA Championships.

The Tournament was organised by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Full WFTDA members in the Eastern Region members were eligible for ranking, and the top ten leagues would qualify for the Eastern Regional Tournament, and the top three finalists would qualify for the Championships. Together, the four qualifying tournaments and Championships were termed the "Big 5".[1] Starting with the 2013 WFTDA season, WFTDA's regions were discontinued in favor of an overall-rankings based system, and a new playoff format was created.

Championships[edit]

Year Date Name Venue Champion Second Third
2007[2] 17-19 August Heartland Havoc Columbus, Ohio Gotham Girls Roller Derby Windy City Rollers Carolina Rollergirls
2008[3] 8-10 October Derby in Dairyland Madison, Wisconsin Gotham Girls Roller Derby Windy City Rollers Philly Rollergirls
2009[4] 11-13 September Wicked Wheels of the East Raleigh, North Carolina Philly Rollergirls Gotham Girls Roller Derby Boston Derby Dames
2010[5] 24-26 September Derby in the Burbs White Plains, New York Gotham Girls Roller Derby Philly Rollergirls Charm City Roller Girls
2011[6] 16-18 September Nightmare on 95 Baltimore, Maryland Gotham Girls Roller Derby Philly Rollergirls Charm City Roller Girls
2012[7] 28-30 September Sugarbush Showdown Burlington, Vermont Gotham Girls Roller Derby Philly Rollergirls Charm City Roller Girls

2007 Heartland Havoc[edit]

The 2007 Eastern Regional Tournament was held August 17 - 19 in Columbus, Ohio.[8] It was a 12-team single-elimination tournament with the same structure as February's Dust Devil Western Regional. There were numerous upsets on the second day: Chicago's Windy City Rollers, ranked #14 in the nation at the time, defeated the Mad Rollin' Dolls of Madison, Wisconsin, ranked #1 at the time.[9] Additionally, the #19 Detroit Derby Girls defeated the #6 Minnesota Rollergirls, and the #10 Gotham Girls Roller Derby defeated #9 Philly.[9] In the championship bout, Gotham beat Windy City, 134–71.[10]

2008 Derby In Dairyland[edit]

On October 10, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 133-92 in the championship bout. Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat the Carolina Rollergirls 112-48 in the consolation bout to take third place.[11]

2009 Wicked Wheels of the East[edit]

On September 13, 2009, the Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat Gotham Girls Roller Derby 90-89 in the East championship bout.[12] The Boston Derby Dames' Boston Massacre defeated the Charm City Rollergirls 156-142 to take 3rd place.[13]

2010 Derby In the Burbs[edit]

The 2010 tournament was held in White Plains, NY, and featured the first appearance by a non-American team at a WFTDA regional tournament, in 6th-ranked Montreal Roller Derby's New Skids on the Block,[14] who wound up finishing in 7th place. Gotham won the tournament for the third time in four years, defeating Philly 133 - 103 on day three, while 4th-ranked Charm City beat Boston 162 - 128 to take third place.[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WFTDA 2011 Big 5 Tournament Schedule Announced", WFTDA, 9 November 2010
  2. ^ 2007 Heartland Havoc, Ohio Roller Girls
  3. ^ Derby in Dairyland
  4. ^ Wicked Wheels of the East, WFTDA
  5. ^ Derby in the Burbs, WFTDA
  6. ^ Nightmare on 95, WFTDA
  7. ^ The Big 5 WFTDA Sponsored Tournaments, WFTDA
  8. ^ "Tickets on sale for the 2007 WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament - "Heartland Havoc"". Derby News Network. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Feelgood, Justice. "Heartland Havoc: Day Two". Derby News Network. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Feelgood, Justice. "Heartland Havoc: Day Three". Derby News Network. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  11. ^ Feelgood, Justice. "Eastern Regionals: Complete Capsule Recaps". Derby News Network. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  12. ^ Feelgood, Justice (2009-09-18). "Philly Upsets Gotham for Eastern Regional Championship, 90-89". Derby News Network. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  13. ^ Feelgood, Justice (2009-09-16). "Boston Upsets Charm City To Qualify For Nationals, 156-142". Derby News Network. Retrieved 2011-10-30. 
  14. ^ "2010 WFTDA East Playoffs Day 1 Recap". WFTDA. Retrieved 31 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Gotham Wins East Region Playoffs". WFTDA. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 31 October 2011.