Forest City Roller Derby

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Forest City Roller Derby
Metro area London, Ontario
Country Canada
Founded 2006
Teams Timber Rollers (A team)
Thames Fatales
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Western Fair District
Affiliations WFTDA
Org. type skater owned
Website www.forestcityrollerderby.ca

Forest City Roller Derby is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in London, Ontario. Founded in April 2006, Forest City is one of the first flat-track roller derby leagues in Canada, and is a not for profit organization owned and operated by the skaters. Forest City is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History[edit]

Original Forest City logo

The league was formed as Forest City Derby Girls (FCDG) in 2006[2] as one of the original women's flat-track roller derby leagues in Canada, joining Terminal City Rollergirls, E-Ville Roller Derby, Hammer City Roller Girls, Toronto Roller Derby and Montreal Roller Derby. The league's first team, the London Thrashers, did not play any games in the inaugural year.

On July 7 2007, Forest City Derby Girls played their first game against the Hammer City, losing 100-20.[3] The Thames Fatles were formed in 2007,[4] and later this year, FCDG had their first home bout, and the Thames Fatales beat the London Thrashers. In 2008, the Fatales and Thrashers played in the first Beast of the East tournament in Montreal.[5] Both teams lost and were eliminated very early on. During the first official FCDG season, the Fatales dominated the Thrashers 2-1. The Fatales played in the "Virgin Suicides" tournament hosted by the Greater Toronto Area Rollergirls (GTAR) in the summer of 2008.[6] After victories over the host team Derby Debutantes and the Tri-City Rollergirls' Vicious Dishes, they lost in the final to Hammer City's Death Row Dames.

In 2009, the Fatales played three games at Beast of the East but were eliminated by the Death Row Dames of Hammer City.[7] The Fatales had a record of 3-3 for the season.[8] In 2010, the Fatales played four games at Beast of the East and were eliminated by Les Filles Du Roi of Montreal Roller Derby.[9] The Fatales had a record of 5-2 for the season. The Lunch Ladies team made their debut with wins against the Rollergettes (Toronto), Nickel City Roller Derby (Sudbury and Total Knock-Outs from Tri-City Rollergirls.

In 2010, the Fatales played a ten-game season going 6-4 including wins over Hammer City's Eh Team and Montreal's Les Filles du Roi. The Lunch Ladies, still considered the league rookie team, went 3-2 including another win over Tri-City's Total Knock-Outs.[10] In 2011 Forest City sent a mixed team of veterans and rookies who won the CWRDA Eastern Championships in Ottawa, after defeating a Rideau Valley Roller Girls B team in the final. This was the first tournament win for Forest City.[11]

In 2012 Forest City was accepted into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice program[12] and formed their new travel team, the Timber Rollers. The Luscious Lunch Ladies became a regular home team but also continued to play teams from other leagues, playing five games with their first losing record of 2-3. After a win over Royal City Roller Girls' Violet Uprising, they were bested by Tri-City's Total Knock-Outs as well as Rideau Valleys's Slaughter Daughters, one of the best home teams in Eastern Canada. The Fatales played to a record of 4-4, including their fifth consecutive Beast of the East tournament.[13] Forest City sent another mixed team of veterans and rookies to the Roller Derby Association of Canada (formerly CWRDA) Eastern Region Championship in Guelph. Receiving a bye due to their previous year's victory, they defeated Royal City's Brute Leggers before losing in the final to Toronto's Bay Street Bruisers.[14] Forest City finished the season playing their first games in their new home, the Western Fair District's Agriplex[15] and had team tryouts for the Timber Rollers. 2012 also saw the formation of an affiliated men's league, the Forest City Derby Guys.[16]

Forest City's first games of 2013 saw the Lunch Ladies beat the Thames Fatales by a score of 218-119, although the Fatales would go on to win the season series two games to one.[17] The Fatales finished the season with a 4-5 record, and their second trip to the quarterfinals at Beast of the East.[13] The Lunch Ladies finished their season at 3-4. The Timber Rollers started the season with four straight wins and finished with six wins and three losses. Forest City was accepted as a full WFTDA member league in September 2013,[18] and the Timber Rollers played first sanctioned game against Lansing Derby Vixens, a 140-126 loss.[19] Forest City's affiliated Men's League formed their first team, the Pack Men and played their debut bout against Ottawa's Slaughter Squad, taking a final jam victory 207-195.[20]

In May 2018, the league announced a rebrand as Forest City Roller Derby.[21]

WFTDA rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[22] Playoffs Championship
2014 154 WFTDA[23] DNQ DNQ
2015 167 WFTDA[24] DNQ DNQ
2016 167 WFTDA[25] DNQ DNQ
2017 214 WFTDA[26] DNQ DNQ

Teams[edit]

Currently Forest City features two teams, the Timber Rollers A team, and the de facto home team of the Thames Fatales.[27] As of December 2017 the Luscious Lunch Ladies are on hiatus.[28] The Thames Fatales are identified by their green and black uniforms, as well as their "Sexy Swamp Lady" logo. The London Thrashers were founded in 2006 as the first home team of FCDG, but disbanded in late 2008 to consolidate league members onto one team. They played one full season against the Thames Fatales and participated in the first Beast of the East in Montreal.

In the wider community[edit]

Forest City has fielded skaters for various high level teams, including at the international level. Killson played for Team Canada at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup in Toronto.[29] Pepe le Punch played for Team France at the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup in Dallas, and again at the 2018 Roller Derby World Cup in Manchester.[30][31] Jewels C Stars played for Team Ontario Roller Derby in 2014.

Forest City is considered to have originated the "double-fist pump" hand gesture to signify to teammates that a powerjam is happening.[32]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Women's flat track roller derby in London". OurLondon.ca. London Community News. 2 June 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
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  5. ^ Miller, D.D. (June 2016). Eight-Wheeled Freedom: The Derby Nerd’s Short History of Flat Track Roller Derby. Hamilton, Ontario: Wolsak & Wynn. p. 47. ISBN 9781928088134. 
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  7. ^ Marshall, Justice Feelgood (1 May 2009). "Montreal's La Racaille Wins 2nd Annual Beast Of The East | Derby News Network". www.derbynews.net. Derby News Network. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
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  9. ^ Miller, D.D. (29 April 2010). "Beast of the East 2010: Recap". The Derby Nerd. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
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  11. ^ Miller, D.D. (21 June 2011). "Forest City Thrashes the Field to Take CWRDA East". The Derby Nerd. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "22 Leagues Join WFTDA Apprentice Program". Latest News. WFTDA. Archived from the original on 24 March 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  13. ^ a b Miller, D.D (15 April 2015). "Beast of the East: 2008-2014". The Derby Nerd. 
  14. ^ "Sports News Guelph - Updates, Headlines, Scores & Player Highlights | GuelphMercury.com". GuelphMercury.com. Guelph Tribune. 24 July 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
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  16. ^ "London Community news Men's Roller Derby". men's roller derby. london community news. 
  17. ^ "Roller Derby". London Community News. 
  18. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 Full Member Leagues - LatestNews - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  19. ^ "10/19/13: Forest City (126) @ Lansing Derby (140) | Roller Derby Stats & Rankings | Flat Track Stats". flattrackstats.com. Flat Track Stats. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  20. ^ Maloney, Mike. "Men's Roller Derby". London Community News. 
  21. ^ "ABOUT". Forest City Roller Derby. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 28 May 2018. 
  22. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  23. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  24. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  25. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  26. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 May 2018. 
  27. ^ "TEAMS - Forest City Derby Girls". Forest City Derby Girls. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  28. ^ "Luscious Lunch Ladies - Forest City Derby Girls". Forest City Derby Girls. Retrieved 10 December 2017. 
  29. ^ Mercy Less (5 August 2011). "Team Canada Roster Announced". Derby News Network. Archived from the original on 5 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  30. ^ "Composition of Team France for the 2014 Roller Derby World Cup - Online-skating.com". www.online-skating.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17. 
  31. ^ "Team France – Roller Derby World Cup". rollerderbyworldcup.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17. 
  32. ^ "thames fatales vs smoke city betties". 2011 beast of the east. canuck derby tv.