Texecutioners Qualify for Women’s Roller Derby Playoffs

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July 27, 2017

Texecutioners Qualify for Women’s Roller Derby Playoffs
Texas Rollergirls to Compete in Division 1 Tournament in Dallas, Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS – The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) announced last week that the Texecutioners qualified for the 2017 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Dallas, Texas, Sept. 22-24, as the #2 seed. The tournament seeding reflects the June 30 WFTDA rankings, which were based on sanctioned games played through that date.

As the godmothers of the modern iteration of roller derby, the Texecutioners have been to every playoff tournament since the beginning. In 2016, the team came 13 points away from playing for the #1 spot in the championship tournament. This year, they’re fighting to make it into that game to play for the Hydra.

Marking its 12th year of pushing the sport’s athleticism and competition to new heights, the International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships bring together the most talented, highly trained skaters and teams from WFTDA member leagues. Whether participating on the track, cheering in the stands or watching online, WFTDA tournaments provide everyone who loves roller derby an opportunity to witness the most anticipated match-ups of the year.

The following teams will be joining Texas in Dallas on Sept. 22-24 to compete for a spot at the WFTDA Championships in November. The top four teams from each of the three international D1 Playoffs will advance to Championships to compete for the sport’s highest honor: the Hydra trophy and the title of WFTDA Champions.

  1. Victorian Roller Derby League, Melbourne, Australia
  2. Texas Rollergirls, Austin, Texas, U.S.
  3. Arch Rival Roller Derby, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
  4. Minnesota RollerGirls, Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
  5. Atlanta Rollergirls, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
  6. Queen City Roller Girls, Buffalo, New York, U.S.
  7. Santa Cruz Derby Girls, Santa Cruz, California, U.S.
  8. Philly Roller Derby, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
  9. Arizona Roller Derby, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
  10. Dallas Derby Devils, Dallas, Texas, U.S.
  11. Houston Roller Derby, Houston, Texas, U.S.
  12. Wasatch Roller Derby, Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

The teams will play according to the following bracket:

d1-playoffs-dallas-bracket

Texas’ first game will be against Santa Cruz or their long-time rivals, the Dallas Derby Devils. Buy weekend passes here and don’t miss out on any of the hard-hitting action of the Texecutioners.

The International WFTDA Playoffs and Championships offer five weekends of full-contact competition. Catch a preview of tournament action and see archives of past footage at youtube.com/thewftda. Clips for use in broadcast are available by request.

For more information for Dallas and the WFTDA Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Nov. 3-5, or about any of the WFTDA postseason events, visit wftda.com/tournaments. Those who can’t make the trip can still cheer on The Texecutioners from home via the WFTDA’s broadcast channel: WFTDA.tv!

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Jenna Cloughley, WFTDA Marketing and Communications Manager: jenna@wftda.com | 647.298.6529

ABOUT THE TEXAS ROLLERGIRLS: The Texas Rollergirls is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit sports organization formed in 2003, and is widely recognized as the league that pioneered the modern incarnation of flat track roller derby. Born and bred in Austin, roller derby is the fastest-growing sport in the world, with more than 1,000 leagues and growing. Flat track roller derby is a genuine athletic competition with well-defined rules, divisions, tournaments and a governing body: the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The Texas Rollergirls league is 100 percent skater-owned and managed. The league consists of four home teams: Hell Marys, Hotrod Honeys, Honky Tonk Heartbreakers and Hustlers, as well as the all-star Texecutioners travel team and the Texas B-Team, the Firing Squad, both of which are comprised of members of the four home teams. The Texas Rollergirls league is dedicated to playing and promoting women’s flat track roller derby, a sport that began in Austin, Texas, and continues to take over the world. This is roller derby, and Texas is the reason.

ABOUT THE WFTDA: The Women’s Flat Track Derby Association is the international governing body for the sport of women’s flat track roller derby and a membership organization for leagues to collaborate and network. The WFTDA sets standards for rules, seasons, and safety, and determines guidelines for the international athletic competitions of member leagues. There are currently 405 WFTDA member leagues and 41 affiliated leagues in the WFTDA Apprentice program worldwide. The WFTDA is governed by a five-member, volunteer Board of Directors and managed by an Executive Director.

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