|New York Shock Exchange|
My second post ever on this blog was about men's roller derby. Since then I've come to appreciate it more and more. I definitely see some differences between the way men and women play, but I like watching both.
MRDA Champs featured six teams from around the United States:
Dallas Deception (Texas)
Magic City (somewhere in Florida)
St. Louis Gatekeeper (Missouri)
Puget Sound (Seattle area)
Pioneer Valley (Western Mass)
New York Shock Exchange.
The other four leagues I didn't know much about. Dallas? Texas has roller derby, that's cool. St. Louis? The guys with beards. Also, where the heck is St. Louis? Puget Sound = Quadzilla. Magic City? wow... those are some ridiculous names on that roster.
So that's what I was working with going into the tournament.
It was a solid event of all-day derby - there were 8 full length men's bout, plus one women's bout in the middle to break things up. I hung out mostly with the dudes from CDTA and there was also a bunch of people from the Utica Quadfathers there and Central New York players there.
|Capital District Trauma Authority|
Roarshock, Jonny Malice, Massacre, Wellen Dowd, and Museknuckle
|Grambo from CNY volunteering at|
PVRD had a tough first game against Puget Sound, who are a powerhouse in the west. After losing to them, they played Dallas Deception, which was a little bit closer.
The best game of the day, in my opinion, was Magic City vs. St. Louis. Two teams I knew little about going into it, but I think this bout exemplified some of the best men's derby has to offer. The two teams were very well matched game and I decided I just really like to watch Magic City skate.
If you watch any videos of the bouts from MRDA Champs, I definitely recommend Magic City vs St. Louis.
These are just my basic impressions from Champs. If you want some real stats based, unbiased recaps you should check out DNN here, here, here, here, and here.