The Roller Derby Coalition of Leagues and host Tilted Thunder Rail Birds will present the latest iteration of Battle on the Bank, the first and only national banked track roller derby championship tournament, this weekend in Monroe, Wash.
Eight teams will play some derby over three days to see who gets to haul home the winner’s trophy. The field is filled with many of the usual suspects, including the five member leagues of the RDCL. It also includes a couple of teams from Texas that are making return appearances after taking a few years off.
The tournament will be double-elimination. Games will be 30 minutes on Friday and Saturday and 60-minutes on Sunday to determine the top finishers. The event also includes a juniors tournament, which will be contested in a round robin among three teams on Saturday and Sunday.
A live webcast of the tournament is available here.
Here’s the full schedule and bracket, along with the skinny on the participating teams. Who will be the Battle on the Bank champ?
RDCL Battle on the Bank VIII Schedule
All times PST
Friday, June 5
30 minute games
2 p.m., Game 1 – (1) Los Angeles vs. (8) TXRD
3 p.m., Game 2 – (4) OC Rollergirls vs. (5) San Diego
4 p.m., Game 3 – (3) Tilted Thunder vs. (6) Penn Jersey
5 p.m., Game 4 – (2) Arizona vs. (7) South Side
6 p.m., Game 71 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2
7 p.m., Game 8 – Winner Game 3 vs. Winner Game 4
8:30 p.m. – Tilted Thunder Expo Bout
Saturday, June 6
30 minute games
10 a.m. – Juniors: Tilted Thunder vs. Arizona
11 a.m. – Juniors: San Diego vs. Tilted Thunder
12 p.m. – Juniors: Arizona vs. San Diego
1 p.m., Game 5 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2
2 p.m., Game 6 – Loser Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4
3 p.m. – (Break)
4 p.m., Game 9 – Winner Game 6 vs. Loser Game 7
5 p.m., Game 10 – Winner Game 5 vs. Loser Game 8
6 p.m., Game 11 – Winner’s Bracket Final (Winners of G7/G8)
7 p.m., Game 12 – Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10
Sunday, June 7
60 minute games
10 a.m. – Loser’s Bracket Final (Winner G12/Loser G11)
12:30 p.m. – Junior Championship
3:00 p.m. – Championship Final
(8) TXRD Lonestar Rollergirls All-Scar Army
BotB Appearance: 6th
Last BotB Appearance: V (2012), 7th Place
In a pleasant surprise, TXRD makes a return to Battle on the Bank after a two-year hiatus. Having been a part of the tournament from its beginnings in 2008, it used to always be a contender to get deep in the brackets, even almost beating the L.A. Derby Dolls in 2010. But that’s where the All-Scars peaked, dropping the in the final standings each year until they dropped out of the tournament altogether. But they’re back!
TXRD’s place in the roller derby world is…well, we’ll call it unique. The roller derby it plays between the whistles is as legit as its flat-track neighbor in Austin, and in fact resembles highly what RDCL roller derby has become in the last two years. But even in 2015, it retains the kitschiness of the old game in during its home bouts: Penalty wheels, arm wrestling, pillow fights—and actual fights, too.2 It proudly waves that flag, but it returning to BotB shows the organization has no problem playing it straight, too.
|TXRD All-Scar Army|
|#5th Milla Juke-a-Bitch||#1982 Rocky Casbah|
|#7 Annie Smokely||#54-46 Diablo|
|#9 Jammit Janet||#4-EVA Pea Khante|
|#4:7 Bible Thumpher James||#40DD Titz McGee|
|#5’3″ Maya Mayhem||#B-11 Rolla Parks|
|#111 Rasta Fury||#CEO Lyka Boss|
|#10.27 Kat Von Speed||#IV Cold Warr|
|#10-34 Mardi Brawl||#mudbl00d Hermione Danger|
|#1969 Sexy Sadie||#T-101 Elle B Bach|
(7) South Side Roller Derby All-Stars
BotB Appearance: 2nd
Last BotB Appearance: IV (2011), 9th Place
Houston’s banked track roller derby team took an even longer break between Battle on the Bank appearances, making their first and last one in Phoenix for Battle IV. They finished ninth out of nine teams. But that was a long time ago—how will another 4 years of experience see them fare in Seattle?
While South Side has its own banked track like the others in the tournament, it is one of two participating leagues that do not currently have a permanent home for it. Lots of flat track practice and occasional public banked track bouts is all they have coming in, so it will need all of that extra skating experience if it wants to land its first win.
|South Side Roller Derby All-Stars|
|#4 Paula Cream-Her||#206 JoyDivizion|
|#8 Dolly B Rotten||#300 Dick Tater|
|#10 Demon Spawn||#317 Wreck N Roll|
|#42 Trauma Queen||#333 Triple X|
|#56 The Ice Box||#629 Krash N’ Burn|
|#74 Sk8 Charmer||#721 Mojo|
|#101 Booty Viscious||#3352 Texas Slam*Her|
|#127 Violent Viking||#6262 Dream N. Demon|
(6) Penn Jersey Roller Derby She Devils
BotB Appearance: 3rd
Last Year: 6th Place
The She Devils have been very busy over the last few months. After taking their first interleague win at Battle on the Bank VII in San Diego last July, they switched gears to play flat track fast-derby at MADE Nationals, where the team won that title. Last month, the team participated in the Derby Daze round-robin in San Diego to brush back up on RDCL derby in preparation for this weekend.
In that event, the team went toe-to-toe in a 147-104 loss against San Diego’s B-team and looked very coherent against an L.A. B+team, despite a 228-75 loss. The amount of improvement they showed then was very obvious from game to game. If their rapid improvement continues, Penn Jersey may be the first non-pickup team to beat an RDCL regular since the coalition started sanctioning BotB in 2012.
|Penn Jersey Roller Derby She Devils|
|#0 Glitz N Slam||#93 Kelly Kapowski|
|#12 Croydon Crusher||#350 Gingershread|
|#13 Mercury||#1000 Chealshock|
|#15 Sawbones||#1313 Maulin Munster|
|#40 May Q Wink||#1337 Bexi Wrexi|
|#48 Wrecks Manning||#1798 Misfortune Cookie|
|#52 Stella Threat||#3000 Monster|
|#53 Classy Chassis||#5678 Beatrix R Forkids|
|#6.5 Fonda Dixnshoes|
(5) San Diego Derby Dolls Wildfires
BotB Appearance: 8th
BotB Championships: 2 (2009 & 2010)
Last Year: 5th Place
San Diego had a very bad year last year. Many of the organization’s top skaters moved on, and the league itself went through a bit of a rough patch. But Derby Dolls South got through it and had a hell of a 2015, putting on two major tournaments, returning some veterans to the team, and demonstrating through play on the track that their 5th place result in 2014 was a circumstantial bump in the road.
The Wildfires started the year off strong, winning 247-76 against Tilted Thunder and 243-82 against the OC Rollergirls. Last month, it played against Arizona in Arizona, falling to the Hot Shots 192-91. Even though the team is seeded where it is due to last year’s result, more recent data shows San Diego is clearly the third-best team coming in to BotB VIII—exactly the spot it was in coming out of Battle on the Bank VI.
|San Diego Derby Dolls Wildfires|
|#7 Slamurai||#215lbs Boo LaLa|
|#03 Hit n Run||#350 Kupcake Kaboom|
|#12 Andrell Bower||#B50 Ballistic Bomber|
|#72 Ryder Hard||#619 Bo Toxic|
|#77 Kung Pow Tina||#789 She Nanigans|
|#88 Kiki DiAzz||#870 Kristi Bull|
|#9.5 Tsunami||#1022 Hartlyn!|
|#101r Injurina Jolie||#1121 Rose AnnThrax|
|#182 Nova||#1572 Psycho Brahe|
(4) OC Rollergirls Psycho Ex-Girlfriends
BotB Appearance: 6th
Last Year: 4th Place
Though it lost to San Diego earlier in the month, the Psychos looked good at Derby Daze against those closer to its level. It beat the She-Devils 206-65 and San Diego’s B-squad 205-121, and got as near to LADD’s Doll Parts as anyone over that weekend, only losing 166-77.
However, OC may find itself back at the bottom of the RDCL barrel once again this year, and maybe worse if it’s not careful. In the last two Battles, OC met a very equally-matched Tilited Thunder, and TTRB beat them both times in to-the-last-jam thrillers. The diligence of the Railbirds, with the resurgence of San Diego and the emergence of Penn Jersey, could knock OC out of the top five if it puts a skate wrong.
|OC Rollergirls Psycho Ex-Girlfriends|
|#0 Hells Mels||#76 Sister Mary Margarita|
|#10 Kina Wahine||#89 Maisie Maelstrom|
|#10ft Go Thrash Alice||#105 Phoenix Endsong|
|#28 Killin’ da Track||#414 T-Bird|
|#34 Bambi in the Headlights||#505 Jess B Nasty|
|#50 Miss Vicious Applelicious||#978 The Freak|
|#54 Gill A Teen||#1031 Poison Ivy|
|#68 Machine Gun Jubblies|
(3) Tilted Thunder Railbirds All-Stars
BotB Appearance: 6th
Last Year: 3th Place
Tilted Thunder enters Battle on the Bank in a disadvantageous position, despite having a huge advantage in playing at home. A recent post on their Facebook page sums up the team’s situation perfectly.
September 2014 is when the Railbirds mothballed their banked track, having lost their permanent practice space. It’s been searching for a new home ever since3, though still skating on the flat track and making the trip down to San Diego for two interleague games. (The other was a neutral-site game against L.A., an easy win for the Ri-ettes.)
No one is more happy to skate on the Tilted Thunder track than Tilted Thunder, but the lack of track time compared to everyone else in the field will hurt them. If it takes them a day or two to find their legs and get back into the form that landed them their first minor trophy last year, that’ll be a day or two too late.
|Tilted Thunder Rail Birds All-Stars|
|#1 Billy Rae Siren||#N7 Shadow Breaker|
|#√2 Square Ruthless||#111 Smolderine|
|#5 Tara Hoedown||#2-11 Tae Kwon Dope|
|#.08 Sobriety Tess||#294 Floggin Mauly|
|#13 Creep Suzette||#503 MK Ultra|
|#27 Carmen DieOxide||#.506 Mae Lay|
|#29 Jean Claude Van Damsel||#808 Catti LaBelle|
|#32 Honey Badger||#N2O Krozo the Klown|
|#<33 Slammi Sweetheart||#1019 Bad Wolf|
|#5’1″ Slaughter House||#EMB-120 HammonDa Bone|
(2) Arizona Derby Dames Hot Shots
BotB Appearance: 7th
Last Year: 2nd Place
Over the last couple of years, Arizona has established itself as the second best team in the RDCL, despite not getting in as much interleague play as everyone else. But here they are, once again coming into Battle on the Bank as the only team with a semi-realistic chance of knocking Los Angeles off their high and mighty perch.
But the size of that chance is is completely unknown. The Hot Shots lost their best jammer, The Lap Dancer, to retirement last year. How good their up-and-comers are is a big question mark given the lack of data points with which to judge the team’s performance (aside from the doubling-up of San Diego). However, it is certain that this year is the best chance Arizona has of making a game out of the final, where it is expected to face the current champion.
|Arizona Derby Dames Hot Shots|
|#0 Nova Kane||#623 HollyHood|
|#1 Ellie Mayhem||#669 Nikki BadAzz|
|#2 Goody Goody Blooddrop||#724 Dolly Spartan|
|#5 Maiden Asia||#772 Al Anilhate’ya|
|#7 Deadlee Limbz||#803 The Panda Face Killer|
|#9 Push-Up Brawla||#918 Ballistic Buffalo|
|#1/3t Abby Arsenic||#OMG Killin’ Mae Smallz|
|#23 Lelu Dallas MultiBASH||#1677 hELLA Rude|
|#99 Rayzer Leggz||#7656 Zombabiee|
|#616 Craven Cadavers|
(1) Los Angeles Derby Dolls Ri-Ettes
BotB Appearance: 8th
BotB Championships: 4 (2008, 2012~2014)
Last Year: 1st
Yup, the L.A. Ri-Ettes are the favorites once again. Their dominance in the banked track world is something you’ve been able to set your watch to over the last four years. The clock is still ticking strong in Los Angeles, even as the Derby Dolls have gone through a warehouse move that wiped out its entire interleague season.
That season has traditionally pit LADD against some of the most powerful flat track and pick-up teams in the country, along with the usual suspects in the RDCL. The only real tuneup the team has had was in February against Tilted Thunder (in San Diego) in an easy victory, which is not enough to accurately say how strong this year’s lineup is. However, the level of talent on the roster, which is virtually the same as it was for Battle VII, is more than sufficient to make up the lack of game time.
Another L.A. sweep of the tournament is likely. But unlike the last three years of Battle on the Bank, there is a glimmer of hope for Arizona, San Diego, and the rest that maybe—just maybe—the move from the Doll Factory to the Dolloseum has been enough of a distraction for the Ri-Ettes that someone can break through and beat them. But can it happen?
|Los Angeles Derby Dolls Ri-Eittes|
|#2½ Fleetwood Smack||#312.3 Mental Skate|
|#3 Jade to Black||#430 Oblivienne Westwood|
|#i Jackie Nimble||#681 PhoeNyx|
|#8AM Mourning Wood||#777 PuRRfect|
|#43 Bam Bam McGee||#787B Wreckonomic Stimulus|
|#80 Ferocity||#888 BioniK BlitZ|
|#85 Belle Scorcho||#9 3/4 Shady Hawkins|
|#90 Marina del RAGE||#c.1988 Hurt LockHer|
|#248 Goodnight Doom||#w00t STEFCON 1|
A Note on the Junior Tournament
Unlike the adult tournament, it is certain that there will be a new junior winner this year. The defending champions, the L.A. Jr. Ri-Ettes, suffered a pretty big roster shakeup due to player transfers and opted not to send a team up to Seattle this year.4
That means the remaining RDCL junior programs—San Diego Dollinquents, Arizona Minor Assults, and the Tilted Thunder Rail Peeps—will round robin on Saturday in half-hour games to determine which two teams will play for the baby trophy in a full bout on Sunday.
Last year’s junior tournament in San Diego was crazy in all aspects. The roller derby was competitive, and the quality of play was high—except for that one game where things got a little, uh, sloppy.
What an insane game! Tilted Thunder beat OC 85-72 in a juniors game cut short due to mass attrition. 5 players were left between both teams.
— RollerDerbyNotes.com (@derbynotes) June 7, 2014
If the kids can keep it clean, there’s bound to be some hella-entertaining games from the Under-18 crowd. Don’t miss them.