Monday, September 26, 2011

Besterns and looking ahead

It’s Monday. For many of us it’s back to work after a long weekend of derby. The Quad-City Rollers just came off a double-header loss; The Rock Island Line dropping a game to the Push Up Brawlers and the River Bend Bombers taking a loss against Peoria Push.

Elsewhere, the Western Region Tournament went down over a three-day weekend filled with derby to determine the next three participants in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s championship tournament, Continental Divide and Conquer.
Gotham, Philly and Charm City repeat their Eastern feat from last year, placing first, second and third respectively in this year’s Eastern Region Tournament. Oly and Rocky would return to the Western final game this year, with Oly getting the better of the WFTDA 2010 champions.

Bay Area would have to settle for sixth place taking losses Rose City, the tournament’s eventual third-place finisher, and Denver.

With the international competitors (Montreal and London) knocked out, Dutchland’s forfeit to Gotham is still on everyone’s minds. Thankfully the chatter is starting to die as the rest of the tournament season continues on.

Six places have been settled after determining the best of each coast. Now, we wait for six more teams to earn a spot in the tournament.

I’ll be attending both the South Central and North Central region tournaments again this year (I guess 3 of 5 is something I’m just going to have to settle on), and I’ll be writing previews on each of those. I plan on posting occasional bout recaps here.

On a side note, surpassed the 3,000 hit total, for which I’m incredibly proud and thankful for all who support the site. September 2011 also bested the 424 monthly hit record set back in July, and continues to climb. Personally I’d like to see it hit 500 hundred. With a few more days left in the month, that goal looks attainable.