Dublin Roller Derby

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Dublin Roller Derby
League logo
Metro areaDublin
CountryIreland
Founded2009
TeamsDublin Roller Derby A (A team)
Dublin Roller Derby B (B team)
Dublin Roller Derby C (C team)
Eoin McShoves
Fuppin’ Baxtards
Whack Hacketts
Track type(s)Flat
VenueNational Basketball Arena, Tallaght
AffiliationsWFTDA
Websitehttp://www.dublinrollerderby.com

Dublin Roller Derby (DRD) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Dublin, Ireland. Founded in 2009, Dublin Roller Derby is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History[edit]

The Dublin Roller Girls were the first roller derby league to form in Ireland.[2] Their intra-league bout in June 2011 was the first public roller derby in the country.[3] In their first bouting season, the Dublin Roller Girls played seven bouts, scoring four wins.

Nine skaters from the league were selected for Team Ireland at the Roller Derby World Cup in 2011,[4] while Dublin also supplied the head coach and the manager for the team.[5]

In early 2012, they moved to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. That year, Dublin's A team played ten bouts with seven wins.[6] The B team also started bouting for the first time, playing 5 bouts and winning 3.[7]

Dublin logo pre-2013

Founded in 2009 as Dublin Roller Girls (DRG), on 19 March 2013 the league announced via its Facebook page that they had changed their name to Dublin Roller Derby.[8] In October 2013, Dublin was accepted as a member of the WFTDA Apprentice Programme,[9] and in December 2014, Dublin was accepted as a full member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[10]

As of 2017, the league consists of three home teams, and three travel teams that play teams from other leagues.[11]

WFTDA competition[edit]

In 2017 Dublin qualified for WFTDA Division 2 Playoffs for the first time as the 16th seed, and opened the weekend by upsetting top seed Auld Reekie Roller Girls 200-183.[12] Dublin followed up by defeating ninth seed No Coast Derby Girls 166-165 in a tight game,[13] and won another narrow victory over Naptown Roller Derby, 161-158.[14] Dublin then lost their semifinal to Paris Rollergirls 259-152,[15] as well as a rematch with Naptown, 215-144 and finished in fourth place.[16]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[17] Playoffs Championship
2015 143 WFTDA[18] DNQ DNQ
2016 86 WFTDA[19] DNQ DNQ
2017 53 WFTDA[20] N/A 4 D2[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dublin Roller Derby – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Skates on for roller derby league", Belfast Telegraph, 4 April 2010
  3. ^ Jamie Deasy, "Dublin girls are on a roll!", Southside People, 22 June 2011
  4. ^ Hurt Reynolds, "World Cup Team Ireland Roster Archived January 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine", Derby News Network, 13 September 2011
  5. ^ Gabrielle Monaghan, "Irish team get their skates on", Sunday Times, 18 September 2011
  6. ^ "EuroDerby Rankings", Euro Derby
  7. ^ "EuroDerby Rankings[permanent dead link]", Euro Derby
  8. ^ "League Name Change Announcement", Dublin Roller Girls Facebook page, 19 March 2013
  9. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 28 Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA, 29 October 2013
  10. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 29 New Member Leagues - LatestNews - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Teams". Dublin Roller Derby. 21 January 2016. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  12. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (18 August 2017). "#16 Dublin fights past #1 Auld Reekie, 200-183". Derby Central. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  13. ^ Deadwards, Lisa (18 August 2017). "#16 Dublin takes down #9 No Coast, 166-165". Derby Central. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  14. ^ "#16 Dublin overcomes #12 Naptown, 161-158". Derby Central. 19 August 2017. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  15. ^ Khaos, Merry (20 August 2017). "#3 Paris ends the run for #16 Dublin, 259-152". Derby Central. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  16. ^ a b Fristoe, Chelsea (20 August 2017). "3rd Place: #12 Naptown Knocks Out #16 Dublin, 215-144". Derby Central. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  17. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  18. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  19. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 5 January 2018.