Blue Ridge Rollergirls

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Blue Ridge Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Asheville, North Carolina
Country United States
Founded 2006
Teams All-Stars (A team)
French Broads (B team)
Mad Divas Junior Derby
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Asheville Coliseum
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type 501c(3) nonprofit corporation
Website blueridgerollergirls.com

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls (BRRG) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2006,[1] Blue Ridge held its first competitive season in 2007,[2] joined the WFTDA Apprentice Program in 2010,[3] and became a full member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) in March 2012.[4][5]

Structure and history[edit]

Original Blue Ridge logo.

After first organizing in 2006, Blue Ridge held its first public games on June 30, 2007 at Carrier Park in Asheville,[6] drawing over 300 fans.[7] By 2012, Blue Ridge was drawing up to 2,000 fans to games at the Ag Center.[8]

Blue Ridge Rollergirls is composed of two teams, the All-Stars travel team, and the French Broads, the BRRG B team[9] (named for the French Broad River that flows through Asheville). Members of Blue Ridge formed a junior roller derby branch, the Mad Divas Junior Derby for girls 12-17.[10]

In November 2012, the WFTDA announced that Blue Ridge would be the host league of one of its four International Division 1 Playoff tournaments, held in Asheville on 20–22 September 2013.[11][12]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Little over a year into WFTDA membership, Blue Ridge qualified for WFTDA Playoffs for the first time, qualifying for the first-ever Division 2 Playoff in Des Moines, Iowa.[13] The third seed at Des Moines, Blue Rudge won their first-ever WFTDA Playoff game 188-120 over Duke City Derby[14] (Albuquerque), and followed that with a semifinal, 179-170 victory against Treasure Valley Rollergirls (Boise),[15] thus earning a trip to WFTDA Championships later in the year. In the Des Moines final, Blue Ridge fell 2018-113 to Jet City Rollergirls (Everett, Washington) to finish in second place.[16] At Championships in Milwaukee, Blue Ridge won the third place game against Sac City Rollers (Sacramento) 215-188.[17] In 2014, Blue Ridge was ranked at 41st place when tournament seedings were determined, but after a high-ranked team declined their invitation to Playoffs this allowed Blue Ridge to compete at Division 1 Playoffs instead.[18] As the tenth seed in Sacramento, Blue Ridge lost all their games and finished in tenth place.[19]

After missing WFTDA Playoffs entirely in 2015, Blue Ridge bounced back in 2016, entering the Division 2 Playoff in Wichita as the seventh seed.[20] After opening Wichita with a win over tenth seed Carolina Rollergirls,[21] Blue Ridge followed with rankings upsets over #2 Houston Roller Derby[22] and #3 Nashville Roller Girls, before losing 146-123 to Brandywine Roller Derby to finish in second place.[23] Blue Ridge jammer Dr. Octopushy was named MVP of the tournament.[23] This time around a second-place Playoff finish allowed for the possibility of making the D2 Championship game, which Blue Ridge did after defeating Calgary Roller Derby Association in their opening game, 225-183.[24] This set up a rematch of the Wichita final, and this time Blue Ridge defeated Brandywine 257-188 to win the Division 2 championship.[25]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[26] Playoffs Championship
2012 12 SC[27] DNQ DNQ
2013 53 WFTDA[28] 2 D2[16] 3 D2[17]
2014 53 WFTDA[29] 10 D1[19] DNQ
2015 73 WFTDA[30] DNQ DNQ
2016 38 WFTDA[31] 2 D2[23] 1 D2[25]

In the community[edit]

Blue Ridge Rollergirls warming up for a bout doing yoga on skates.

The league fosters community outreach[32] and gives a portion of the proceeds of each bout to a western North Carolina charity.[33] Charities supported include The Animal Compassion Network, Care Partners Children's Fund, Skye, RAINN, and Interlace.[34][35][36]

The league prepares for bouts with acupuncture sessions,[37] and features synchronized yoga on skates during its warmup laps.[38]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Blue Ridge Rollergirls. 
  2. ^ O'Connor, Aislinn (Spring 2008). "BLUE RIDGE ROLLERGIRLS: Asheville’s Derby Divas". Marquee Magazine. Archived from the original on 18 May 2008. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "WFTDA APPRENTICE PROGRAM WELCOMES 10 NEW LEAGUES". WFTDA. 
  4. ^ "WFTDA WELCOMES 14 NEW MEMBERS". WFTDA. 
  5. ^ Rhodes, Bill. "Blue Ridge Rollergirls accepted to international association". Mountain Xpress Newspaper. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Postelle, Brian (27 June 2007). "The Wheel Deal". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  7. ^ Postelle, Brian (2 July 2007). "In the rink and on the brink". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Rhodes, Bill (9 April 2012). "Blue Ridge Rollergirls season opener draws 2,000 to Ag Center". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Roller Derby Action In Boone". Image Asheville. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Hyworth, Tracy. "Smac and Smithereen". Mountain Xpress. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "WFTDA Announces 2013 Tournament Locations". WFTDA. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "U.S. Cellular Center to host roller derby playoffs September 2013 in Asheville". blog.ashevillechamber.org. Asheville Chamber of Commerce. 9 November 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "September 2013 Featured League:Blue Ridge Rollergirls - Featured Leagueof the Month - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  14. ^ Talionis, Lex (16 August 2013). "D2DM: Blue Ridge Cooks Duke City, 188-120 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  15. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (18 August 2013). "D2DM: Blue Ridge Loots Treasure Valley, 179-170 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  16. ^ a b Wise, Beck (19 August 2013). "D2DM 1st place: Jet City Flies Past Blue Ridge, 208-113 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "D2C 3rd: Blue Ridge Climbs Sac City, 215-188 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "WFTDA Releases June 30, 2014 Rankings, Tournament Seeding - LatestNews - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "Game 13: (9) New Hampshire Skate Free or Die All-Stars V. (10) Blue Ridge Rollergirls - Game Recaps - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  20. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (15 July 2016). "2016 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding". Derby Central. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  21. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (19 August 2016). "D2W: #7 Blue Ridge handles #10 Carolina 309-94". Derby Central. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "D2W: #7 Blue Ridge Rollergirls floods plains of #2 Houston All Stars, 182-137". Derby Central. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  23. ^ a b c Fristoe, Chelsea (22 August 2016). "D2W: #4 Brandywine Stops #7 Blue Ridge, 146-123". Derby Central. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  24. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (4 November 2016). "WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge vs #48 Calgary, 225-183". Derby Central. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  25. ^ a b Castro, Mishel (6 November 2016). "WFTDA Champs: Blue Ridge takes 1st vs Brandywine 257-188". Derby Central. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  27. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  30. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  31. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 7 January 2017. 
  32. ^ "Fly People: Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Fly JBA. 
  33. ^ "Blue Ridge Rollergirls". YouTube. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  34. ^ "Fly People: Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Fly JBA. 
  35. ^ "Blue Ridge Rollergirls". Animal Compassion Network. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  36. ^ "Special Events: Roller Derby supports our fund for children". Care Partners Foundation. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  37. ^ "Blue Ridge Roller Girls use acupuncture". Asheville Acupuncture. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  38. ^ "Blue Ridge Roller Girls Report: Roller Girls dominate; beer taps dry up; ejection for fighting; promise of free popcorn from the Asheville Civic Center; and much more". Ashevegas. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
Preceded by
Sacred City Derby Girls
WFTDA Division 2 Championship winners
2016
Succeeded by
incumbent