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NOVEMBER 14, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville’s first female flat track roller derby league, would like to announce that they will be having two home bouts on November 16, 2013, at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville, NC. The French Broads take the track at 5 p.m., and the All Stars skate at 7 p.m. These are the final bouts of the 2013 season.

 

November 14, 2013, Asheville, NC—On Saturday, November 16, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will host two home bouts at the U.S. Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The French Broads, who take the track at 5 p.m., will battle Mother State Roller Derby from Richmond, VA.

 

At 7 p.m., the Blue Ridge Rollergirls All Star team will play an invitational-style mixed bout. Each of the All Stars has selected a “derby date” from another neighboring team. Each “derby couple” will play together against other Blue Ridge players and their derby dates. All members of the press are invited to attend.

 

The league is a member of WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. In September, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls successfully hosted of WFTDA’s Division 1 Playoff tournaments in Asheville, NC. The league has “rolled local” in Asheville since 2006. Recently, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls All Stars won a bronze medal in the first ever WFTDA Division II Championship Tournament.


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MAY 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville’s first female flat track roller derby league, would like to announce the results of the Got to Be NC roller derby tournament held this past weekend in Raleigh, NC. The Blue Ridge Rollergirls All Star team played three full-length bouts on Saturday, May 18. The league is a member of WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

May 22, 2013, Asheville, NC- Last weekend, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls All Star team played in the Got to Be NC roller derby tournament, which is held in conjunction with the Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh, NC. The tournament included teams from North Carolina, Maryland, and Michigan. All bouts were held in the Dorton Arena on the North Carolina State Fair grounds.

Although the Blue Ridge Rollergirls are currently ranked #57 by WFTDA, Blue Ridge took victories over #48 Killamazoo Derby Darlins (Kalamazoo, MI), and #31 Carolina Rollergirls (Raleigh, NC). Blue Ridge’s only loss occurred to #17 Charm City Rollergirls (Baltimore, MD.)

In Blue Ridge’s first bout of the day, the team scored 204 to Killamazoo’s 168. Next, they scored 91 to Charm City’s 301. In the final bout, Blue Ridge claimed a victory over Carolina, scoring 242 points to Carolina’s 98. Though Charm City took the official tournament win, Blue Ridge was proud to take the unofficial “Best Team in NC” title.

Next, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will kick off the summer with a doubleheader “Bike Night” bout on June 1, 2013, at the US Cellular Center in downtown Asheville. The All Stars will take on the Chattanooga Roller Girls (Chattanooga, TN), while the Blue Ridge Rollergirls French Broads will battle it out on the track with the Palmetto State Rollergirls (Myrtle Beach, SC). In September, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will host one of WFTDA’s Division 1 Playoff tournaments in Asheville, NC. The league has “rolled local” in Asheville since 2006.


January 27, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls, Asheville’s first female flat track roller derby league, would like to announce the release of the league’s new logo. The logo will represent the Blue Ridge Rollergirls as they play at home and across the nation in 2013 and beyond. The league is a member of WFTDA, the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association.

January 26, 2013, Asheville, NC- As the league laces up its skates and prepares for hard hits and intense competition, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls would like to unveil the logo that will represent them as they roll into the 2013 season. 

The logo characterizes the feminine-yet-tough aesthetic that women’s roller derby embodies. Because the league is a constantly growing organization, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls desired to give the logo an updated and professional image that still respected the original design. The logo will be pictured on official merchandise and will symbolize the Blue Ridge Rollergirls as they bout in Asheville and other U.S. cities. 

On March 9, 2013, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will begin the 2013 season at home when they take on the Jacksonville RollerGirls of Jacksonville, FL. In September, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will host one of WFTDA’s Division 1 Playoff tournaments in Asheville, NC. The league has “rolled local” in Asheville since 2006.

 


October 7, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Blue Ridge Rollergirls Move Into the Big Leagues, Announce Selection as Apprentice WFTDA Affiliate

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls, the all-female flat track roller derby league from Asheville, NC, has been selected as a WFTDA “Apprentice” affiliate. WFTDA is the international governing body for women’s flat track roller derby.

October 7, 2010, Asheville, NC. With their popularity and fan base soaring across Western North Carolina, BRRG announced today they have been officially selected as a WFTDA Apprentice League.

WFTDA, the international governing body for women’s flat track roller derby, selected Blue Ridge for apprenticeship along with nine other leagues from the United States, Canada and Europe. WFTDA apprenticeship is the entry step to becoming a full membership league in WFTDA making it the “big leagues” for the exploding sport of women’s flat track roller derby. The WFTDA family includes more than 100 skater owned and operated roller derby leagues across the U.S. with additional leagues in Canada and Europe.

“WFTDA Apprenticeship is an exciting step forward for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls, our fans, and sponsors,” said Jennifer Possick a founding member and Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Blue Ridge Rollergirls. “Being a part of WFTDA means increased visibility for our league, a wider range of opponents, and eligibility for international rankings and competitions.”

The rabid fans of Blue Ridge can expect more challenging WFTDA competition beginning next season. More than 3500 fans stormed the Asheville Civic Center in July to watch Blue Ridge take on WFTDA member Texas Hell Marys. As an Apprentice league, the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will bout more WFTDA leagues and can compete to be national champions of women’s flat track roller derby!

“Becoming a part of the WFTDA Apprentice Program is a goal we have been working towards since the league formed in 2006,” Possick explained. “We are so excited for both our skaters and our fans!”

The Blue Ridge Rollergirls have their first bout as an official WFTDA Apprentice while concluding their 2010 home schedule on November 6 against the Molly Rogers of Melbourne, FL at the Asheville Civic Center. Doors open at 6 PM and the bout begins at 7 PM. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Asheville Civic Center box office.

Blue Ridge concludes their season on November 13th in Johnson City,TN in another sibling rivalry with neighboring Little City Rollergirls. Fans are urged to make the 45-minute drive to Freedom Hall Civil Center in Johnson City to see the Blue Ridge French Broads (”B” team) take on Little City. Bout begins at 6:00pm.

 

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