Rideau Valley Roller Girls

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Rideau Valley Roller Girls
League logo
Metro area Ottawa, Ontario
Country Canada
Founded 2008
Teams Slaughter Daughters (home team)
Riot Squad (home team)
Prime Sinisters (home team)
Vixens (travel team)
Sirens (travel team)
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Jack Charron Arena
Affiliations WFTDA
Website rideauvalleyrollergirls.com

The Rideau Valley Roller Girls (RVRG) is a roller derby league based in Ottawa, Ontario in Canada. Founded in 2008, the league currently consists of three home teams and two travel team who compete against teams from other leagues in Canada and the USA.

Originally known as the "Bytown Blackhearts", the league hosted their first bout in Ottawa in January 2009 against the Sexpos of Montreal Roller Derby.[1] In June 2011, RVRG hosted the first Canadian Women's Roller Derby Association East Tournament,[2] losing in the final to the Forest City Derby Girls. By late 2011, RVRG bouts were attracting up to 1,000+ fans per game.[3]

In January 2011, Rideau Valley were accepted as apprentice members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.[4] Rideau Valley skater Soul Rekker was selected to skate for Team Canada at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup in December 2011,[5] and she was later joined by league-mate Semi Precious.[6]

WFTDA competition[edit]

Rideau Valley gained full membership in the WFTDA in June 2012,[7] and are represented in WFTDA competition by their charter all-star team, the Rideau Valley Vixens. 2012 was the final year that the WFTDA used geographical regions for organizing rankings, and initially Rideau Valley was placed in the East Region. In August 2014, Rideau Valley became the first team from outside the United States to take first place at a WFTDA Playoff tournament, when they defeated Bear City Roller Derby of Berlin at the Division 2 Playoff in Kitchener-Waterloo.[8] Rideau Valley then played for the Division 2 Championship in Nashville, Tennessee on November 2, 2014, losing to the Detroit Derby Girls.[9]

Rankings[edit]

Season Final ranking[10] Playoffs Championship
2012 24 E DNQ DNQ
2013 68 WFTDA[11] DNQ DNQ
2014 40 WFTDA[12] 1 D2[8][13] 2 D2[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Susan Krashinsky, "Ottawa to host first roller derby bout", Centretown News, 30 January 2009
  2. ^ "Fresh Air", Canadian Broadcasting Company, 19 June 2011
  3. ^ Bryan Michaud, "Le roller derby reprend du poil de la bête", L'Express, 19 October 2011
  4. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 12 Additional Apprentice Leagues", WFTDA, 13 January 2011
  5. ^ Mercy Less, "Team Canada Roster Announced", Derby News Network, 5 August 2011
  6. ^ "Semi Precious". Roster. Team Canada Roller Derby. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  7. ^ "Nine Leagues Become Full WFTDA Members". WFTDA. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Scholey, Lucy (29 August 2014). "Ottawa roller derby team scores first international tournament win". Metro. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Oct. 31 - Nov. 2: Nashville, Tennessee, USA". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Current Rankings", WFTDA
  11. ^ "2013 Rankings". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "2014 Rankings". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "August 22-24: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada". WFTDA. Retrieved 27 March 2015.