Friday, December 30, 2011
By Daniel Boyington.
Toronto - A good turnout at the Downsview Park Saturday night for the Women's Roller Derby League (TORD) just under 1000 fans. Rough and tumble action all night.
Very well organized event and fun for all ages, they even have a scoreboard which is generated from a laptop computer. Spectators are allowed to sit ringside but cautioned in case a player falls into them. No-one under 19 is allowed at the edge of the rink in case of a wipe-out, which thankfully happens quite a lot. Saturday's bout by The Death Track Dolls and Smoke City Betties didn't disappoint, as you can see pictured, Jammers, Betty Bomber (23) of Death Track Dolls and Rug Burn (83) of Smoke City Betties The organizers have a team of first aid specialists on hand in case of injury and last night there were very few. The crowd is spirited on by announcer "Crankypants" who gives a play by play and updates on the action. The teams will take their break when they travel to Montreal for The Beast of the East Tournament at Arena St. Louis, April 30 and May 1.
Next bout is Saturday, May 14 with Gore-Gore Rollergirls up against Smoke City Betties. After the trip to Montreal teams come back and enter into playoffs starting Saturday, June 11 with Team 1 vs. Team 2 and the Championship final will be held on Saturday, June 25 at The Hanger at Downsview Parc/Park. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased in advance ONLINE or select locations for $12, but get them early, as they go fast. Don't forget, Toronto Roller Derby League (TORD) will be hosting an International Tournament in December 2011 at a still unanounced location with 13 teams from all over the world.