Philly Roller Derby

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Philly Roller Derby
League logo
Metro area Philadelphia, PA
Country United States
Founded 2005
Teams Liberty Belles (A)
Independence Dolls (B)
Block Party (C)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Class of 1923 Arena,
Liacouras Center
Affiliations WFTDA
Website http://www.phillyrollerderby.com/

Philly Roller Derby, or PRD,[1] is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Founded in 2005, Philly Roller Derby is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[2]

League history[edit]

First organized as the Philly Roller Girls in 2005, the league debuted in 2006 as a four-team home league, comprising the Broad Street Butchers, the Heavy Metal Hookers, the Hostile City Honeys and the Philthy Britches.[3] The home teams competed for a league championship called the Warrior Cup. Later in 2006, Philly launched a travel team called the Liberty Belles, made of members of the home teams, that by November had hosted Gotham Girls Roller Derby (New York City)[4] and traveled to face the Sin City Rollergirls (Las Vegas).[5] Home events were held at Millennium Skate World in nearby Camden, New Jersey.[4]

League logo pre-2015

In March 2007[6] Philly first hosted East Coast Derby Extravaganza (ECDX), an invitational weekend tournament at the Sportsplex in Feasterville (which had also become the league regular home) that hit its 10th anniversary event in 2016.[7] By 2008, the Hostile Honeys had folded and the home league operated with three teams. In 2009, Philly moved into a temporary new home venue, the 23rd Street Armory,[8][9] where they were consistently drawing sold-out crowds of over 700 fans per event.[10]

Philly hosted the 2009 WFTDA Championships, dubbed "Declaration of Derby", at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.[11]

In early 2015, Philly announced an official name change to Philly Roller Derby, to both embrace gender inclusivity and to put the emphasis more on the sport than on the gender of those participating.[1][12]

Teams[edit]

As of 2016, Philly Roller Derby has 4 teams, which compete against teams from other roller derby leagues. The Liberty Belles are Philly’s all-star travel team, and represent the league at the highest level of interleague competition in the WFTDA. The Independence Dolls represent PRD against WFTDA "B" level travel teams, up-and-coming WFTDA "A" level travel teams and non-WFTDA all-star teams. Members of the Independence Dolls serve as alternates for The Liberty Belles. Together, these 30 skaters make up PRD’s International All-Star travel team contingent.

The Block Party represents Philly Roller Derby primarily against regional competitors. Considered a pick-up team, the Block Party is composed of skaters not already skating for the Liberty Belles or Independence Dolls who are interested in additional competitive playing time. The Cheeseskates is a team limited to first year Philly Roller Derby skaters (fresh meat or transfers).

WFTDA competition[edit]

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues

Philly's Liberty Belles first appeared at WFTDA Playoffs at the first WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament, "Heartland Havoc" in Columbus, Ohio, where they were eliminated by Gotham in the second round.[13] The following year in Madison, a narrow loss to Gotham in the semifinal put Philly in the third-place game at Eastern Regionals, which they won against Carolina Rollergirls 112-48 to qualify for WFTDA Championships for the first time.[14] At Championships in Portland, Oregon, Philly opened with a narrow victory over Bay Area Derby Girls which matched them up - again - against Gotham in the semifinal, who won handily.[15] Philly ultimately took third place with a 114-95 victory against Texas Rollergirls.[15]

At the 2009 East Region Tournament "Wicked Wheels of the East" in Raleigh, the Liberty Belles finally defeated Gotham 90-89 to take first place.[16] In 2009, PRG hosted the WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia,[11] where the Philly Roller Girls had a bye past the first round due to their first-place regional seeding. In the quarterfinals, the Liberty Belles were defeated in overtime by the West #2 seed Rocky Mountain Rollergirls 128-121, eliminating them from the tournament.[17]

In 2010, Philly again faced Gotham in the East Region Final, this time with Gotham winning 133-103, placing Philly in second.[18] At the "Uproar on the Lakeshore" 2010 Championships in Chicago, the Liberty Belles defeated Mad Rollin' Dolls and the Kansas City Roller Warriors in the opening rounds, and then lost their semifinal to Oly Rollers, pitting them against Gotham in the third place game, which they lost 162-51 to finish in fourth place.[19]

The Liberty Belles met Gotham for the fifth straight Eastern Regional Tournament in 2011, losing the final 252-97 to again finish in second place.[20] At Championships, following an opening round victory over Naptown Roller Girls, Philly lost to Oly in the quarterfinals, 181-95.[21] For the fourth straight year, Philly faced - and lost to - Gotham in the East Region final, to again finish the tournament in second place.[22] At Champs, Philly lost in the opening round to Bay Area, 169-119.[23]

Beginning in 2013, the WFTDA moved to a divisional system instead of geographic for playoff tournaments, and he Liberty Belles qualified for the 2013 Women's Flat Track Derby Association Division 1 playoff tournament in Richmond, Virginia,[24] at which they finished in second place with a 253-210 loss to Texas.[25] At that year's Championships in Milwaukee, Philly lost in the opening round to Windy City Rollers, 221-174.[26] After finishing third at the 2014 Division 1 tournament in Charleston,[27] the Liberty Belles lost to Denver Roller Dolls in the opening round of Championships, 148-139.[28] In 2015, Philly missed WFTDA Championships for the first time since 2007, by finishing in fourth place at the Division 1 Playoff in Dallas with a 178-154 loss to Rat City Rollergirls of Seattle.[29] Philly had a repeat result in 2016 with a second consecutive day 3 loss to Rat City at the Vancouver Division 1 tournament, 134-114, to again finish in fourth place and miss Championships.[30]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[31] Playoffs Championship
2006 18 WFTDA[32] N/A
2007 10 WFTDA[33] R2 E[13] DNQ
2008 2 E[34] 3 E[14] 3[15]
2009 2 E[35] 1 E[16] QF[17]
2010 2 E[36] 2 E[18] 4[19]
2011 2 E[37] 2 E[20] QF[21]
2012 2 E[38] 2 E[22] R1[23]
2013 14 WFTDA[39] 2 D1[25] R1 D1[26]
2014 10 WFTDA[40] 3 D1[27] R1 D1[28]
2015 11 WFTDA[41] 4 D1[29] DNQ
2016 17 WFTDA[42] 4 D1[30] DNQ

Community involvement[edit]

Philly donated a portion of ticket proceeds from the East Coast Derby Extravaganza tournament to benefit the HERA Women's Cancer Foundation in both 2007[43] and 2008.[44]

References[edit]

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  21. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (12 November 2012). "Championships Quarterfinal: 1W Oly Bounces 2E Philly, 181-95 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  22. ^ a b Marshall, Justice Feelgood (1 October 2012). "East Championship: 1E Gotham Repeats on 2E Philly, 232-107 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  23. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (2 November 2012). "Championships Opening Round: 3W Bay Area Rebuffs 2E Philly, 169-119 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
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  25. ^ a b Talionis, Lex (15 September 2013). "D1R Final: (2) Texas Rides Out (4) Philly, 253-210 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  26. ^ a b "D1C: Windy Storms Philly, 221-174 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
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  29. ^ a b Fristoe, Chelsea (13 September 2015). "D1D: #4 Rat City Traps #3 Philly Roller Derby, 178-154.". Derby Central. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  30. ^ a b "D1V: #3 Rat City cracks #4 Philly, 134-114". Derby Central. 18 September 2016. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
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  36. ^ "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 2 March 2011. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
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  43. ^ "HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation". herafoundation.org. 6 March 2007. Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Gotham Girls Roller Derby
WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament winners
2009
Succeeded by
Gotham Girls Roller Derby