Rocky Mountain Rollergirls Article

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Rocky Mountain Rollergirls
League logo
Metro area Denver, CO
Country United States
Founded2004
Teams5280 Fight Club (A team)
Contenders (travel)
Project Mayhem (travel)
Red Ridin' Hoods
Sugar Kill Gang
Dooms Daisies
United States Pummeling Service
Track type(s)Flat
Venue Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
AffiliationsWFTDA
Website www.rockymountainrollergirls.com

Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, or RMRG, is a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 2004, [1] Rocky Mountain is a founding member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), [2] and has qualified for WFTDA Playoffs every year, including winning the WFTDA Championships in 2010. [3]

History and organization

Rocky Mountain formed as the first contemporary roller derby league in Denver in 2004, [1] and by July 2005 held their first local game, between the Red Ridin' Hoods and the Sugar Kill Gang. [4] Later that year, the nascent organization split and a number of former members launched the rival Denver Roller Dolls. [4] In January 2010, RMRG moved into the Fillmore Auditorium, selling out their season opener in February. [4]

By 2014, Rocky Mountain had roughly 110 members, and a league comprising 4 home teams and 3 travel teams. [5] Home teams are the Red Ridin' Hoods, the Sugar Kill Gang, United States Pummeling Service, and Dooms Daisies. All-stars from those teams form the interleague A travel team, the 5280 Fight Club, which competes against other roller derby leagues for rankings. A second (B) travel team, the Contenders, consists of Fight Club alternates and other league skaters. The latest Rocky Mountain Rollergirls travel team is Project Mayhem.

Rocky Mountain Rollergirls is a registered non-profit organization. [5]

WFTDA competition

The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls finished second in the 2009 WFTDA Western Regional Tournament, which they co-hosted with the Denver Roller Dolls, qualifying them to compete in the 2009 Championships. [6] At the 2009 WFTDA Championships, the 5280 Fight Club defeated Houston Roller Derby in the first round by a score of 239-46. [7] In the quarterfinals, RMRG beat the Philly Rollergirls Liberty Belles in overtime, 128-121, eliminating Philly from the tournament. [7] In the semifinals, the 5280 Fight Club lost to the Texas Rollergirls 139-82, with Texas advancing to the championship bout and Rocky Mountain going to the third-place bout. Finally, the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls lost to the Denver Roller Dolls in their second matchup ever, 151-103, to finish in fourth place for the tournament. [7]

The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls handed the Oly Rollers their first ever defeat to finish first in the 2010 Western Regional Tournament. Just over a month later, Rocky Mountain faced Oly again in a rematch for the 2010 WFTDA Championships. In one of the most intense games in WFTDA history, Rocky Mountain beat Oly again by a score of 147-146 to claim their first WFTDA Championship. [3] Prior to meeting Oly in the finals, Rocky Mountain's 5280 Fight Club had to get past previously-undefeated Gotham (113-79) in the semi-finals.

In 2017, Rocky again qualified for WFTDA Playoffs ranked at 31 overall on June 30, however they declined their invitation to Playoffs. [8] [9]

Rankings

2006 map showing the first 30 WFTDA member leagues
Season Final ranking [10] Playoffs Championship
2006 14 WFTDA [11] 20 [12]
2007 19 WFTDA [13] R1 W [14] DNQ
2008 2 W [15] 8 W [16] DNQ
2009 3 W [17] 2 W [6] 4 [7]
2010 1 W [18] 1 W [19] 1 [20]
2011 2 W [21] 2 W [22] QF [23]
2012 6 W [24] 6 W [25] DNQ
2013 9 WFTDA [26] 2 D1 [27] R1 D1 [28]
2014 12 WFTDA [29] 3 D1 [30] R1 D1 [31]
2015 16 WFTDA [32] 4 D1 [33] DNQ
2016 46 WFTDA [34] 7 D1 [35] DNQ
2017 31 WFTDA [36] DNP D1 [8] DNQ

In popular culture

In 2013, league members Beth "Fiona Grapple" Bandimere and Mona "Triple Shot Misto" Egender competed on Season 22 of The Amazing Race, and finished in third place; [37] promotional materials provided ample coverage of Rocky Mountain Rollergirls. [38] [39]

References

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  39. ^ "Roller Derby Moms On 'The Amazing Race' Give Pointers To CBS4's Alan Gionet". CBS Denver. 17 March 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2016.

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Preceded by
Oly Rollers
WFTDA Championship winners
2010
Succeeded by
Gotham Girls Roller Derby
Preceded by
Oly Rollers
WFTDA Western Regional Tournament winners
2010
Succeeded by
Oly Rollers