The weekend was full of disappointment for both of Denver's roller-derby leagues competing at the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's Roller Derby International Championships in Milwaukee. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls' 5280 Fight Club was eliminated in the first round on Friday, losing out to Los Angeles' Angel City Derby Girls 198-228 and missing the opportunity to go head-to-head in Round 2 against the Denver Roller Dolls' Mile High Club.
The Mile High Club had a bye past the first round, thanks to a win at the Division 1 playoffs in September, and dispatched Angel City in Round 2, 200-125, before getting eliminated by the Texas Rollergirls' Texecutioners on Saturday night, 298-129. "The history of recent Denver/Texas matches -- a 227-189 Texas win at this year's Golden Bowl III and a 210-199 Denver win in the 3rd place game of last year's WFTDA Championships -- suggested that Saturday night's Championships semifinal would be another narrow nail-biter," writes Derby News Network correspondent Justice Feelgood Marshall. "It was not to be, though; this time out, Denver dug themselves an enormous hole by committing a whopping 13 jammer penalties against just 4 for Texas. That greatly smoothed the path for Texas to build a 84-point halftime lead and eventually cruise to a stunningly large victory at 298-129."
The Mile High Club, last year's third-place finishers, couldn't repeat the performance for 2013, losing in the consolation round against the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls All-Stars on Sunday, 224-174, in a bout full of penalties against the Denver team (see DerbyNewsNetwork.com for the full blow-by-blow).
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The Texecutioners went on to face the tournament's odds-on favorite, New York's undefeated Gotham Girls, in the finals, making an impressive show of it and even leading -- briefly -- before losing 173-199 in the third straight WFTDA championships win for Gotham. Webcasts from each of the games at the tournament will be archived at WFTDA.tv.