Detroit Roller Derby

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Detroit Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Detroit, MI
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams Travel Teams
Detroit Roller Derby Allstars (A Team)
Motor City Disassembly Line (B Team)
Motown Wreckers (Pick up team)
Home Teams
D-Funk Allstars
Devil's Night Dames
The Detroit Pistoffs
Grand Prix Madonnas
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Detroit Masonic Temple Drill Hall, Detroit, MI
Affiliations WFTDA
Website https://www.detroitrollerderby.com/

Detroit Roller Derby (DRD) is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Detroit, Michigan. The league was formed as Detroit Derby Girls in January 2005 and held their first bouts in February 2006.[1][2][3] In November 2016, the league announced it had officially changed its name to Detroit Roller Derby.[4] Detroit Roller Derby is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[5]

Teams[edit]

The Detroit Roller Derby league comprises four home teams: the D-Funk Allstars, the Devil's Night Dames, the Detroit Pistoffs, and the Grand Prix Madonnas.[6] In 2010 the league added the Grand Prix Madonnas and moved venues from the Detroit Masonic Temple to Cobo Arena.[7] With the renovations at Cobo, the league returned to the Detroit Masonic Temple for the 2011-2012 home season.

The league also has three interleague travel teams; An "A" all-star team: The Detroit Roller Derby Allstars, a "B" team: Motor City Disassembly Line (MCDL), and a pick-up style "C" Team containing various skill levels: Motown Wreckers.[8]

WFTDA competition[edit]

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues

The Detroit Derby Girls finished third in the 2009 WFTDA North Central Regional Tournament, qualifying them to compete in the 2009 National Tournament.[9]

At the 2009 WFTDA National Championships, the DDG faced defending WFTDA champions Gotham Girls Roller Derby in the first round. Gotham won by a score of 187-38, eliminating Detroit from the tournament.[10]

In 2014, Detroit was the first champion of the newly created WFTDA Division 2, defeating Rideau Valley Roller Girls of Ottawa, Canada in the final.[11] In 2015, Detroit hosted a Division 2 playoff tournament,[12] while returning themselves to Division 1 play at Jacksonville, where they placed 6th.[13] In 2016, Detroit finished 8th at the Division 1 tournament hosted in Montreal.[14]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[15] Playoffs Championship
2006 26[16] N/A
2007 8[17] 4[18] DNQ
2008 N/A[19] 6[20] DNQ
2009 2 NC[21] 2[22] R1[23]
2010 4 NC[24] 5[25] DNQ
2011 4 NC[26] 4[27] DNQ
2012 5 NC[28] 5[29] DNQ
2013 28 WFTDA[30] 4 D1[31] DNQ
2014 30 WFTDA[32] 1 D2[33] 1 D2[11]
2015 20 WFTDA[34] 6 D1[13] DNQ
2016 24 WFTDA[35] 8 D1[14] DNQ

Film Appearance[edit]

A number of skaters of the Detroit Derby Girls appeared in Drew Barrymore's directorial debut film, Whip It!.[36][37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Getting to Know the Detroit Derby Grrrrls
  2. ^ Detroit Derby Girls' Inaugural Brawl | Derby News Network
  3. ^ 2005-2006 Season
  4. ^ "Welcome to Detroit Roller Derby: An Interview with DRD League President Kelly Genei". Detroit Roller Derby. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Joulwan, Melissa. Rollergirl: Totally True Tales from the Track. Simon and Schuster. p. 267. ISBN 9781416538554. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  6. ^ "Teams". Detroit Roller Derby. Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  7. ^ Detroit Derby Girls
  8. ^ "OUR TRAVEL TEAMS". Detroit Roller Derby. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ North Central Regionals Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network
  10. ^ 2009 Nationals: Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network
  11. ^ a b "D2 Championship: Detroit Derby Girls (Duluth #1) vs Rideau Valley Roller Girls (Kitchener-Waterloo #1)". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  12. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (31 August 2015). "2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Detroit Central". Derby Central. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa. "2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Jacksonville Central". Derby Central. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  14. ^ a b "D1 Playoffs Montréal SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2016". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  16. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  17. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  18. ^ "Heartland Havoc", Ohio Rollergirls
  19. ^ "Rankings – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Derby in Dairyland", Flat Track Stats
  21. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  22. ^ "Brawl of America 2009 North Central Regionals", WFTDA
  23. ^ "Declaration of Derby", WFTDA
  24. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Thunda on the Tundra 2010 North Central Region Playoffs", WFTDA
  26. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Monumental Mayhem WFTDA 2011 North Central Region Playoffs", WFTDA
  28. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2017. 
  29. ^ "[1]", WFTDA
  30. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  31. ^ "D1 Playoffs: Salem", WFTDA
  32. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  33. ^ "Detroit Wins Division 2 Playoffs in Duluth". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  34. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  35. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  36. ^ PrideSource - Detroit Derby Girls discuss part in Drew Barrymore film, 'Whip It!'
  37. ^ "Detroit Derby Girls Featured in 'Whip It'". My Fox Detroit. 6 October 2009. Archived from the original on 26 November 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jet City Rollergirls
WFTDA Division 2 Championship winners
2014
Succeeded by
Sacred City Derby Girls