Sunday, October 24, 2010

tord semi finals - part 1

I've enjoyed attending the Toronto Roller Derby games in the past, held at the Hanger, and this saturday nite was no different.
These are ladies dedicated to the action of the flat track roller derby, and they put a great amount of effort into it, and at the end, really seem to be enjoying themselves.

This semi final race had the Death Track Dolls

competing against Chicks Ahoy

for the last space in the final event, to be held on November 13.

Before the event started, there was a 10 min skate-athon for the Junior girls, a division the league has started to ensure there will be future skaters in the upcoming years.

The refs are introduced,

just kidding! Here they are:

and as there is so much action on the track, there are many, both on the inside and outside of the track.

here are the two who watch each of the teams jammers during the game.

Unforunately, I did not see my favourite ref there, Nicki Nine Lives:(

Anyone know if she is still playing in the league??

And then the action starts, with both teams battling on the track to get as many points as possible in a effort to make it to the finals!

in the end the Chicks were able to get and hold a lead to win the game, although as time ran out, the Dolls made a hard effort to get

I leave it to you to check out the rules yourself, but in general, its the job of the two teams' Jammers to pass as many of the other team as they can. The more they pass, the more points they get back into the game, but time ran out.

And this is one of the best things about the sport. At the end of every game, the teams circle the track and congratulate themselves, and the other team.

As you can see, this is not the typicaly "fake handshake" you see in other sports, these girls really do appreciate the great game they have had, and the players, both their own and the opposing team, share that feeling.

Make sure you check out parts two and three for some more pictures.

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