Like many WFTDA leagues, Tri-City has a second-tier travel team, commonly referred to as a B-Team. This team is often used for training the next generation of travel team skaters and to maximize opportunities for league members to see the derby world. A and B teams often share strategies, coaches and even skaters to give the league the strongest possible pool of talent within the program. TCRG’s team is called Plan B, and they recently returned from the B-Cup, a tournament in Bloomington, Indiana specifically designed for this level of play.
The team skated three bouts, falling 227-117 to the Naptown Warning Belles and 330-212 to the Cincinnati Violent Lambs before rallying to defeat the host team from Bleeding Heart Roller Girls (the Code Blue Assassins) 288-119. To put their hard work into perspective, TCRG is currently ranked 44th by WFTDA, whereas the parent leagues of their three opponents are at 12th, 38th and 40th, respectively. The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association currently ranks 234 leagues across the globe.
Perspectives from trackside:
“Bleeding Heartland Roller Derby was a great host! It’s wonderful they have given B teams the chance to compete against each other in a tournament setting. The level play was quite varied but it gives each team a chance to work on strategy and game play. For Plan B it was a great start to our season as we’ve not had much opportunity to skate together ever. We held the lowest point spread against Naptown, held our own really well against Cincinnati and played a good game against BHRD. While it’s also a chance for B teams to try out skills it’s also a good chance for officiating and announcers to hone their skills and learn from the weekend.” – Suzy Slam, TCRG President and Plan B skater
“It was a wonderful learning and team building experience and Bleeding Heartland were excellent hosts.” – Pity Afoo, Plan B and TKO skater
Plan B look forward to supporting their sisters in Thunder throughout the coming season.
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Tri-City will be hosting Team Canada Try-outs this month. On November 30th.
The greatest skaters in Canada will be converging to not only show off their amazing skills, but also compete against each other for spots on Team Canada. Team Canada will go on to compete in the 2014 World Cup in Dallas, and if last year is any indication, they will be rostering some of the best skaters in the world.
Added bonus: These tryouts are part of RBC Sports Day in Canada. This means we will be part of a National celebration of sports! We all know derby is one of the fiercest most demanding sports, with incredible athletes, but it doesn’t hurt to remind the rest of Canada of that. http://sportsday.cbc.ca/
If you’re excited already, Nov.29th is National Jersey Day. Wear a jersey/shirt of your favorite team or sport (we all know what that is) and tweet it to CBC. http://sportsday.cbc.ca/event/70521
November 30th, New Hamburg Arena, 251 Jacob Street, New Hamburg, Ontario
If you’re interested in participating in the try-outs, you’ll need to register. Get the details at www.teamcanadarollerderby.com
On October 19 we’re going to learn exactly what the fox says as the ever-dangerous Rideau Valley Vixens return to Tri-City, and this time they’ve brought their new B-team, the Sirens to face Plan B in a doubleheader of elite Canadian derby!
Tri-City may be a tempting target for the ambitious team from Ottawa, as Thunder are moving up in the world thanks to a blistering performance at the Division 2 Playoffs in Kalamazoo this summer. The Thundersharks came within a technicality of upsetting the number one seed of the tournament, and stormed back from disappointment to leave the weekend in 5th place, having entered at 8th. Stalwart jammer Freudian Whip also gave a gold-plated performance which earned her the designation of tournament MVP, sending derby pundits worldwide scrambling to GoogleMap K-W. Bookmark that, guys, you’ll be needing that information in future, believe you me. More details on the D2Kzoo Playoffs here.
Freudian Whip puts 'em back in the holsters. Photo by Joe Mac of Midnight Matinee
In addition to being your last chance to see Thunder at home in 2013, you’ll also have an opportunity to get a first look at the newly-formed 2014 roster, giving you an excellent forecast of tomorrow’s Thunder.
Need I say more? Get your backsides trackside! Unlike in the world of hockey, in which the Battle of Ontario often ends in shame and ignominy for all involved, the Derby Battle of Ontario has opened up new and interesting fronts, and promises to rage for the foreseeable future.
Bout details below: