The Rose City Rollers' Wheels of Justice (WOJ), the all-star team comprised of the best of the bad-asses that compete in our local roller derby league, made more history this past weekend, bringing home their fourth International Women's Flat Track Derby Association Championship trophy. The big win is a repeat of last year's tournament victory by the WOJ and a capstone for the Rose City Rollers' travel team's undefeated 2019 season.
The weekend-long event, held for the first time ever outside the US in Montréal, Québec, featured a pair of international teams, including an all-star squad from the Victorian Roller Derby League of Melbourne, Australia, one from Montréal, as well as 2x4 Roller Derby, a team from Buenos Aires, Argentina that made its tournament debut this year.
While it wasn't necessarily easy work for the WOJ, they swept aside all the competition handily, outscoring the other teams a combined 505-210 over the course of three matches.
In the WOJ's first game on Friday night, they wiped away the Philly Roller Derby team with ease, skating away with a final score of 205-50, and on Saturday, they knocked out a tough Arch City Rival Roller Derby team from St. Louis with a hard-fought final score of 155-95.
In the finals on Sunday afternoon, the WOJ went up against their cross-country rivals, Gotham Roller Derby of NYC. The two squads have gone head-to-head in previous championship games, including a 2014 bout that saw the New York team squeaking out a 147-144 victory, and in 2016, when our local heroes won it all 185-166 right here on their home turf at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The WOJ's win on Sunday was much more decisive, with the team racking up points after a Gotham jammer got hit with a penalty early in the match. The result was a 145-65 drubbing and the team's fourth championship in the past five years.
"We prepared so thoroughly for this tournament," said team co-captain Nicole "Bonnie Thunders" Williams in a press release announcing the victory. "We focused on picking up where the last game ended. The team kept getting more cohesive with every game—I couldn't be more proud of every single member."
The members of the Wheels of Justice have just a little bit of time to bathe in the glow of their victory as they have a busy winter ahead. The Rose City Rollers are strapping on their skates for friendly matches against the Nightmare Squad from LA on November 23 and Seattle's Sockit Wenches on December 13 to help raise funds for the 2020 season. Both events are being held at the Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park. And before we all know it, the new season for the Rollers will get underway on January 4. Keep an eye on the Rose City Rollers website for more information.
(Editor's note: This article was updated on November 19 to include a mention of 2x4 Roller Derby from Argentina. We apologize for the oversight in the original post.)