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Boulder County Bombers
Boulder County Bombers
League logo
Metro area Longmont, CO
Country United States
Founded 2011
Teams All-Stars (A team)
Bombshells (B team)
Daisy Nukes
Shrap Nellies
Night Witches
Track type(s) Flat
Venue Boulder County Fairgrounds
Affiliations WFTDA
Website www.bouldercountybombers.com

The Boulder County Bombers (BCB) is a women's flat track roller derby league based in Longmont, Colorado. Founded in 2011, Boulder County is a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[1]

History and structure

The league was founded in mid-2011 by Courtney MacArthur, known as "Bev O'Lution" (and also as "Super Cali 'Agilistic' Expialidocious"),[2] a former skater with the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls who had moved to nearby Boulder, Colorado.[3] The first practice attracted 35 potential skaters,[2] and by 2013 the league had around 100 members, and was also launching a junior roller derby program.[4]

In 2012, MacArthur's husband, J.D. Hemminger, joined the league as its coach, utilising approaches learned from American football.[4] The following year, the Bombers won the Colorado Cup tournament. MacArthur and Hemminger left Colorado in 2014.

Currently, the head coach for the Boulder County Bombers is John Lebouf-Little, known as Papa Whiskey. He coaches the charter team, the All Stars, and his assistant coach is Chet Cotten, known as Chet I Knight. Chet also coaches the B level team, the Bombshells, where he is assisted by Bethany Krech, known as Duchess Gummybuns. The C level and home teams are coached by Jordan Hendrickson, known as Brassica I'll Race Ya.

BCB has three home teams, who bout against each other during the season. The original two home teams are the Shrap Nellies and Daisy Nukes. The Night Witches were added to the home team ranks in 2017.

WFTDA competition

Boulder County was accepted as a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association Apprentice Program in July 2012,[5] and it became a full WFTDA member in September 2013.[6] Boulder County first qualified for WFTDA Playoffs in 2014, as the sixth seed at the Division 2 tournament in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.[7] There they lost their opening game to Rideau Valley Roller Girls,[8] followed by a narrow loss to Demolition City Roller Derby,[9] before defeating Grand Raggidy Roller Girls 244-172 to claim ninth place.[10] In 2015, Boulder County returned to Division 2 Playoffs as the seventh seed in Detroit, where they dropped their first two games to Bear City Roller Derby and Wasatch Roller Derby, before beating the Brewcity Bruisers 232-147 to again finish in ninth place.[11] In 2016, Boulder County returned again to Division 2 Playoffs, this time as the eighth seed in Wichita.[12] Boulder County opened with a 162-82 win over ninth-seeded Chicago Outfit Roller Derby,[13] but then lost in the quarterfinals to Jet City Rollergirls 175-160.[14] Boulder County then narrowly beat the Kansas City Roller Warriors 201-200,[15] and Houston Roller Derby 184-181 to win fifth place - and in defeating second-seeded Houston became the lowest-ranked team to defeat a two seed in WFTDA Playoff history.[16]

Rankings

Season Final ranking[17] Playoffs Championship
2013 NR[18] DNQ DNQ
2014 62 WFTDA[19] 9 D2[10] DNQ
2015 55 WFTDA[20] 9 D2[11] DNQ
2016 53 WFTDA[21] 5 D2[16] DNQ

References

  1. ^ "Boulder County Bombers - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Bashing into Boulder", Boulder Weekly, September 8, 2011
  3. ^ Kuta, Sarah (1 November 2012). "ROLLER DERBY: Boulder County Bombers skate for charity". ColoradoDaily.com. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Pam Mellskog, "Boulder County Bombers bond couple in fresh ways", Longmont Times-Call, August 23, 2013
  5. ^ "WFTDA Accepts 35 Apprentice Leagues Archived 2014-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA, 16 July 2012
  6. ^ "WFTDA Welcomes 14 Full Member Leagues". WFTDA. 10 September 2013. Archived from the original on 16 September 2013. Retrieved 2013. 
  7. ^ "August 22-24: Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada - Women's Flat Track Derby Association". wftda.org. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ "D2KW: Rideau Valley Explodes Boulder, 239-130 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ "D2KW: Demolition City Rolls Over Boulder, 194-183 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Boulder County Tumbles Grand Raggidy, 244-172 | Derby News Network". Derby News Network. 24 August 2014. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Detroit Central". Derby Central. 31 August 2015. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ "Witchita - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  13. ^ "D2W: #8 Boulder County bombs through #9 Chicago Outfit, 162-82". Derby Central. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  14. ^ "D2W: #1 Jet City lands a win vs #8 Boulder County, 175-160". Derby Central. 19 August 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  15. ^ "D2W: #8 Boulder County survives #5 Kansas City, 201-200". Derby Central. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181". Derby Central. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ "Current Rankings Archived 2010-04-30 at the Wayback Machine.", WFTDA
  18. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2013 - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  19. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2014 - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2015 - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "Rankings: December 31, 2016 - WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 2017. 

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