For the third consecutive year, the Windy City Rollers women’s roller derby team will be heading to the world championships.
At the tournament in Indianapolis Sunday, the Windy City Rollers defeated the Minnesota RollerGirls 123-100 to earn the No. 1 seed for the North Central region of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. The Rollers also maintain an undefeated record of 23-0.
During the regional final game, Minnesota took an early lead, but the Rollers were ultimately able to prevail.
But the points didn’t come easy, an account on the Rollers’ Web site points out. Jammer Zoe Trocious was expelled from the game for gross misconduct, and multiple Rollers ended up in the penalty box.
The Rollers were down 55-41 by the end of the first half. But in the second half with 25 minutes left, Rollers All-Star Captain Jackie Daniels led a run to bring the team into the lead 69-56. There were more setbacks, as Minnesota was given a power jam opportunity to overtake the Rollers, but ultimately, a hit by Yvette YourMaker preserved the Rollers’ lead and they closed out the bout 123-100, the Web site recounts.
The Windy City Rollers will now head to the world championships in Denver in November, along with the Gotham Girls Roller Derby, Philly Roller Girls and Charm City Roller Girls in the east; the Oly Rollers, Rocky Mountain Rollergirls, and Rose City Rollers in the west; the Texas Rollergirls, Kansas City Roller Warriors, and Nashville Roller Girls in the south central region; and the Minnesota RollerGirls and Naptown Roller Girls, also from the north central region.
The Windy City Rollers play their home games at UIC Pavilion.