Have I mentioned how much fun derby chicks are?
So, imagine my pleasant surprise when Derby Diva Rettig to Rumble emailed me with news about the NW Knockdown, the WFTDA National Roller Derby Championship held right here in Portland.
I went on Sunday and unfortunately missed out on watching R2R’s Rat City Rollergirls from Seattle play. They were eliminated in the qualifiers on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Philadelphia Liberty Belles rang up Texas Rollergirls in the consolation finals. And Gotham toyed with Chicago for the national title.
I realized coming onto the scene like I did, I really didn’t know the teams or players. I feel a little bit of a bond with the Seattle league from my time there a few years ago. Sometimes showing up at the end of a tournament like this means a level of disconnect from the situation.
But I still had fun and there were still some cool moments, like when a derby momma was proposed to before the championship final.
Thanks again to Brandy for the heads up on the finals. She also showed me the coolest roller derby video game demo at the venue. It’s the coolest because it features her. She’s such a playah!