Skaters from all over the country came to Kalamazoo to fight for the chance to head to the international championships. Spectators far and wide looked to the Killamazoo Derby Darlins for a seamless production and an action-packed experience – and we didn’t disappoint. The Killamazoo-hosted D2 tournament was a raging success from all angles. The whole league came together to put on an exciting tournament that fans and skaters won’t soon forget.
Riveting, nail-biter bouts were packed into three days over August 23-25. Some of the most evenly matched teams from across the country faced off against each other in Kalamazoo and each bout featured memorable moments for fans and skaters alike. For the Killamazoo Derby Darlins, the tournament held special meaning, as it was our first appearance at a Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association (WFTDA) tournament and it was our first time hosting. The Darlins not only had home-turf advantage, but also the support from fans far and wide as we took the first win over Queen City from Buffalo, New York. While the Darlins fell the next day to Sac City Rollers from Sacramento, California that didn’t stop them from taking third in the tournament after a 250-219 point win over NEO from Akron, OH.
We’d like to thank all of the fans who came out to support us and the tournament over the three-day period and we’d like to extend our congratulations to all of the participating teams. It truly was a tournament to remember and we couldn’t have done it without all of you.
For a more in-depth look at the Killamazoo bouts, check out these links:
As fans of roller derby, you’ve probably started to notice the WFTDA Division 2 Tournament coverage around the Kalamazoo area. We couldn’t be more excited to be Media Darlins! Here are just a few places you can spot our marketing and media efforts in person.
We have blanketed nearly 200 local businesses with the official WFTDA D2 Tournament poster. KDD has been billed as the Hometown Heroes and will play at the headliner game at 8pm Friday, the first night of the tournament. We need all the support we can get and would love to have our fans create a huge cheering section at our home track!
The 15 second ad will begin to air on CW during The Big Bang Theory during the week of Aug 19 leading up to the tournament start on Aug 23.
KDD is fortunate to have local coverage from Channel 3. You might have heard the KDD Trivia question during the morning news “What was KDD’s original name when the team first formed in 2006?” That’s right! The Kalamazoo Kamakazees…did you know the answer?!
The Gazette contacted KDD and asked to do a feature on the team in honor of the tournament. The news team will chronicle a day in the life of a derby girl – our very own Crashive Aggressive! They will write about her derby experience and how she juggles everything from a job, to kids, to a husband playing on the men’s roller derby team, to being in her first tournament. Watch for it the week of the tournament!
Digital billboard advertising for the Division 2 Tournament began on August 12 on Southbound US 131 just north of I-94 near Stadium Drive. This same set of graphics will switch to Northbound US 131 in the same location starting August 19 – 25. In addition there will be a similar digital billboard on Westnedge Ave. in Portage just south of I-94 beginning August 19 through August 25th. Do you recognize the Killamazoo Derby Darlins on the billboards? Yes, it’s our very own Jessie Girl and Aly-Kate Contusions!!
Wings Stadium Highway Marquee
If you frequently drive past Wings Stadium on I-94 near the Sprinkle Rd. Exit you may have noticed the Division 2 Tournament information. With the help of the Wings Stadium staff we are looking forward to introducing nine teams from across the country to our home court. Don’t have your tickets yet? Wings’ box office staff would be more than happy to help you purchase your tickets during their office hours, Thursday & Friday from 10am to 4pm.
Don’t forget, you can always follow your Killamazoo Derby Darlins on Facebook and Twitter!
The WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained and committed skaters and officials from WFTDA member leagues to display the “Real, Strong, Athletic and Revolutionary” game play that pushes the limits of the sport worldwide. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, the WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.
WFTDA announced the competitors for this year’s D2 Playoffs in Kalamazoo, which includes teams ranked between 42-65 that have met minimum eligibility requirements. Teams were split between the two Playoffs brackets using “S-curve” seeding, similar to what is used for the NCAA basketball tournaments. These teams will compete Aug. 23 to 25 in hopes of finishing in the top two and advancing to the WFTDA Championships in November.