How's this for local pride? Both of Denver's roller derby leagues are seeded in the top three at this weekend's Women's Flat Track Derby Association WFTDA Western Regionals in Sacramento, CA: The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls are in the #2 seed, behind the Oly Rollers (Olympia, WA) and just ahead of the Denver Roller Dolls. Seven other teams will be jostling for one of the three spots to advance to next month's Uproar on the Lakeshore national championships in Chicago, where they'll be celebrating the sport's 75th anniversary.
The Denver Roller Dolls will play B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls (the #6 seed) today at 4 p.m. PST, and the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls will play either the Jet City Rollergirls (#7 seed) or Sacred City Derby Girls (#10 seed) tonight at 8 p.m. The Derby News Network is carrying all of this weekend's bouts live online and has a full event preview here. Click to download a printable West Region Playoff Tournament Bracket. 10/2 UPDATE: The Denver Roller Dolls lost 128-132 to the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls in round two on Friday and will compete for fifth place starting today at noon. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls beat Jet City Roller Girls (Everett, WA) 211-72 and advance to the semi-finals today at 4pm, where they'll play against the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls. For playoff recaps, archived video, and live coverage of today's bouts, visit www.DerbyNetwork.com
10/3 UPDATE: The Denver Roller Dolls dominated the consolation round yesterday, finishing in 5th overall after beating Duke City 288-54 and Jet City 267-66. The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls beat the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls 142-44 in the semifinals yesterday, guaranteeing their spot at nationals next month, and will play the #1 seed Oly Rollers for the Western Region championships in finals tonight at 6pm PST.
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