Duke City Roller Derby

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Duke City Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Albuquerque, New Mexico
Country United States
Founded August 2005
Teams Muñecas Muertas (A team)
Juggernaughties (B team)
Disco Brawlers
Dooms Dames
Hobots
Marionettes (junior roller derby)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Heights Community Center
Affiliations WFTDA
Website dukecityderby.com

Duke City Roller Derby (DCRD) is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Founded in 2005, Duke City is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History[edit]

Founded in 2005,[2] Duke City is the oldest roller derby organization in Albuquerque.[3] Early on, the league comprised three teams based in Albuquerque, one in Santa Fe[4] and one in Rio Rancho.[2] By 2009, the league had moved its home events to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho, with the hopes of drawing 1,000 fans per game.[5]

Originally in the WFTDA's West Region, Duke City was moved to the South Central Region in 2011.[6] Duke City has been credited with developing "slow derby" strategies that are still employed by top teams in the WFTDA.[7][8]

Teams[edit]

Duke City has three home teams, comprising the Disco Brawlers, Dooms Dames and Hobots. Duke City has two travel teams, the Juggernaughties B-team, and the Muñecas Muertas - "Murder Dolls"[4] - A team, which competes against other A teams of members of the WFTDA.[9]

Duke City also operates a junior roller derby branch called the Marionettes, for girls between the ages of 8 to 17.[10]

WFTDA competition[edit]

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues

Duke City's all-star travel team, the Mueñcas Muertas, represented the league at the first WFTDA Championships in 2006, where they finished 19th out of 20 teams.[11] At the 2007 WFTDA Western Regional Tournament Duke City won their opening game 110-82 over the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls,[12] but then lost to Tucson Roller Derby in the quarterfinals, 166-41.[13] At the 2008 Western Regional, Duke City opened with a victory over Pikes Peak Derby Dames and then upset the defending WFTDA Champion Kansas City Roller Warriors 132-117, automatically qualifying for Championships.[14] Duke City then lost to Bay Area in the semifinals and Rat City Rollergirls in the third place game to finish Westerns in fourth place.[14] At Championships in Portland, Duke City lost their opening round game to Gotham Girls Roller Derby 182-25.[15] At the 2009 Western Regional, Duke City lost the fifth place game to Bay Area 105-103 to finish in sixth place.[16] As the eighth seed at the 2009 Western Playoff, Duke City lost their opening games to Tucson and Denver, before falling to Sacred City Derby Girls to finish in tenth place.[17]

Ahead of the 2013 season, the WFTDA restructured its playoff system and that year Duke City qualified for the first Division 2 Playoff in Des Moines, Iowa as the sixth seed.[18] Duke City defeated the Omaha Rollergirls 212-189 to finish in seventh place.[19]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[20] Playoffs Championship
2006 15 WFTDA[21] 19[11]
2007 16 WFTDA[22] QF W[13] DNQ
2008 NR[23] 4 W[14] R1[15]
2009 7 W[24] 6 W[16] DNQ
2010 11 W[25] 10 W[17] DNQ
2011 13 SC[26] DNQ DNQ
2012 13 SC[27] DNQ DNQ
2013 55 WFTDA[28] 7 D2[19] DNQ
2014 107 WFTDA[29] DNQ DNQ
2015 181 WFTDA[30] DNQ DNQ
2016 136 WFTDA[31] DNQ DNQ

In the community[edit]

Duke City members do community outreach and fundraising, for organizations such as Ronald McDonald House and the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico.[32]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Member Leagues". WFTDA. April 2006. Archived from the original on 9 April 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Yodice, James (7 January 2009). "Derby Rolls Into Star Center". www.abqjournal.com. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Dewing, Sonja (7 May 2015). "Hell on Skates: Roller derby enters the new millenium". alibi. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Grimm, Julie Ann (30 March 2008). "Rebels in the rink". The Santa Fe New Mexican. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Herron, Gary (24 April 2009). "Duke City Derby debuts at Star Center". Rio Rancho Observer. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  6. ^ "WFTDA Regions Adjusted for 2011", WFTDA, 12 November 2010
  7. ^ "#15 Duke City Tramples Tucson, 131-80 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 November 2011). "2011 WFTDA Championships: Team Profiles | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "May 2015 Featured League:Duke City Roller Derby - Featured Leagueof the Month - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. 1 May 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  10. ^ "Marionettes". Duke City Roller Derby. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "Tournaments 2006". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 23 February 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  12. ^ "Dust Devil 2007 – Day One Roundup | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 17 February 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Dust Devil 2007 – Day Two Roundup | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 18 February 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  14. ^ a b c Marshall, Justice Feelgood (8 October 2008). "Western Regionals: Complete Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  15. ^ a b "Northwest Knockdown Tournament Results", Northwest Knockdown [version of 25 March 2016]
  16. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (2 October 2009). "Western Regionals Capsule Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  17. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (1 October 2010). "2010 West Region Playoffs Recaps | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  18. ^ "August 16-18, 2013: Des Moines, Iowa - Women’s Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  19. ^ a b Deadwards, Lisa (18 August 2013). "D2DM 7th place: Duke City Handles Omaha, 212-189 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  20. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  21. ^ "12/8/2006 WFTDA National Rankings", WFTDA [version of 23 February 2007]
  22. ^ "Current WFTDA Rankings", Derby News Network, October 2007
  23. ^ "WFTDA Releases 2008 Fourth-Quarter Rankings | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 
  24. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  25. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  26. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  27. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 8 January 2017. 
  28. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013". 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 8 January 2017. 
  32. ^ Hood, Taylor (27 June 2015). "Roller derby heats up". www.abqjournal.com. Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

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