Many Atlanta Rollergirl volunteers were running around to make the event happen, and thanks to them, there was some fantastic roller derby going on. You might call the Sting of the Hill tournament “the weekend of upsets.” The very first game of the weekend was an unexpected win, setting the tone. There were many teams that had shown huge improvements since the seeding was set a few months prior, and it was exciting to see the underdogs climb the rankings ladder. Those teams were more than ecstatic as some went up three, four, or even five spots by the end of it all.
Sting of the Hill- Bs Champs 2016
Thanksgiving is just behind us and as we get some much needed time with friends and family over the holidays, we have plenty of time to reflect on the things we’re grateful for. It’s pretty easy for most of us to top the list with Roller Derby. Whether skater, official, superfan or widow, we hope that derby continues to be a safe space and one where we are able to learn and grow, as athletes and people. Atlanta roller derby, in particular, makes us incredibly thankful and we’ve been lucky enough to see much more than just the Atlanta Rollergirls in Atlanta over the past few months. Here to talk about a particularly fulfilling moment in Atlanta Roller Derby history is our very own Switchblade Siouxsie, reflecting on the B-team tournament that we held here in October.
On October 7-9, the Atlanta Rollergirls’ practice facility saw an influx of activity. This year, the Atlanta Rollergirls were hosts to the 2016 B team championships: Sting of the Hill. It was a weekend full of stellar athleticism and incredible heart. Every single team skated hard, and showed everyone why they were in the top 10 B teams of the WFTDA. Luckily, the hot Atlanta weather had staved off a little, and skaters and fans alike were able to enjoy their experience at the Atlanta Rollergirls practice space, also lovingly referred to as HQ or Church of Skatin’. Food trucks were in attendance, and snacks and some really amazing merch were available at the merch table.
While all of the games were exciting, there were a few nail biters that we recommend you go back and watch if you can. In Game 2, the Battalion of Doom just barely upset Motor City Disassembly with a score of 135-128. In Game 16, The Rumble Bs eek-ed back from a deficit and took the third place spot from Bruising Altitude with a score of 182-160. Of course, the final, Game 17, had a lot of flip flopping with just a 28 point spread defining the champs of the tournament. Axels of Annihilation took it all against the Wall Street Traitors with a score of 186-158. To see the final scores for all games, make sure to check out Flat Track Stats.
Two particular skaters wowed and amazed their opposing teams this weekend. Each team voted on the MVPs and the winners would end up with their own set of Juice Wheels. With huge hits and strategic skating, Blocker of Batallion of Doom took home the blocker MVP. Secondly, with hers jukes and fancy feet of endurance, the talented Swomp Stomp of Motor City took home the jammer MVP. If you have the chance to see these ladies skate, don’t miss it!
All in all, it was a successful weekend. Everything was left on the track, some tears were shed, some celebrations were had, and all teams came together in the end to praise that one thing we love: Roller Derby.