Spinning Wheels and Spinning Discs
Big day for Derby with 'Whip It' and WFTDA rankings both released
By Richard Whittaker,
2:15PM, Tue. Jan. 26, 2010
Break out the champagne, Roller Derby fans. Not only does Whip It, Drew Barrymore's love letter to Austin and the Lonestar Rollergirls, get released today on DVD and Blu-ray, but the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's fourth quarter rankings are out. No shocker, the nation's No. 2 team, the Texas Rollergirls reign in the South-Central region.
There's absolutely no change in the local rankings: Texas stays dominant, followed in order by the Kansas City Roller Warriors, Houston Roller Derby, the Dallas Derby Devils and the Atlanta Rollergirls. That's a whole year without even a twitch in the regional ranking.
National champions the Oly Rollers rule the Western division, while the Denver Roller Dolls (No. 2) continue their local competition with this year's breakthrough league the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls (No. 3, up from No. 8 in the second quarter of 2009.)
The most intense jockeying for position may be in the East. After briefly getting knocked down into the No. 2 position by the Philly Roller Girls, the Gotham Girls return to the top, while the Boston Derby Dames hold steady at No. 3.