It's finally here,the first ever Roller Derby World Cup,thirteen national teams from across the world,two hundred and sixty skaters plus support staff.All gathered in Toronto on the eve of making Roller Derby history.Win or lose,each of these girls will go home to their respective countries as Derby royalty.
Just in case you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks,lets rewind to the Preliminary Groups draw..
So that gives us four Groups,three with three teams and the remaining Group with four, each team will play the other teams in their Group and the results will be used to sort out a seeding order for the elimination phase of the competition.The Groups look like this...
Brazil - Sweden - Canada - France
Australia - Finland - Germany
New Zealand - USA - Scotland
Argentina - Ireland - EnglandHere are the bout times for the first two days....please note these times are UK/GMT
Thursday 1st December
10 P.M., Track 1: Canada vs. France 10:30 P.M., Track 2: Australia vs. Germany 11:20 P.M., Track 1: Argentina vs. Ireland 11:50 P.M., Track 2: New Zealand vs. U.S.A. 12:40 A.M., Track 1: Brazil vs. Sweden 1:10 A.M., Track 2: Australia vs. Finland 2 A.M., Track 1: USA vs USA expo bout
Friday 2nd December
2:30 P.M., Track 1: England vs. Ireland 3 P.M., Track 2: New Zealand vs. Scotland 3:50 P.M., Track 1: Canada vs. Sweden 4:20 P.M., Track 2: Finland vs. Germany 5:10 P.M., Track 1: Brazil vs. France 5:40 P.M., Track 2: Scotland vs. U.S.A. 6:30 P.M., Track 1: Argentina vs. England 7 P.M., Track 2: France vs. Sweden 7:50 P.M., Track 1: Brazil vs. Canada 9 P.M. - 10:30: Welcome Ceremony: Parade of Nations 10:30 P.M. - 3 A.M.: Beginning of elimination round
And start/finish times for the elimination and placement phase,which takes up the remaining two days.
Saturday 3rd December
2:30 P.M. - 1:30 A.M.: Elimination and placement rounds
Sunday 4th December
3:30 P.M. - 11:30 P.M.: Elimination and placement rounds 11:30 P.M. - 3 A.M.: Closing celebration and awards
Finally,you can watch it all here