Kallio Rolling Rainbow of Helsinki, Finland won the 2018 WFTDA Continental Cup – Europe on October 28 in Birmingham, England, UK. Kallio entered the tournament as the #1 Seed, and defeated Middlesbrough Roller Derby (Seed #8), Tiger Bay Brawlers (Seed #4), and Dublin Roller Derby (Seed #2) to take home the gold.
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Dublin Roller Derby of Dublin, Ireland came in Second Place, and Tiger Bay Brawlers of Cardiff, Wales, UK came in Third Place.
The MVP award was presented to Kallio’s Katti Schrödinger, who was a key defensive player for her team and only served four penalties throughout the tournament.
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Our amazing team @kalliorollingrainbow won the first ever WFTDA European Continental Cup! The road to these gold medals wasn’t easy, and we played three tough games against great opponents. I also can’t believe that I won the tournament MVP award! Thank you @wftda and obviously our All Colours ❤ I love you all (you guys at home, too!) 😍#wftdaecc2018 #ecctober #kalliorollingrainbow #kalliorollingbrainbowl #kovempimutkivempi
WFTDA asked Katti how she felt about playing in the European Continental Cup and earning the MVP award:
“The tournament was a great experience, and the win meant a lot for our team. I’m so proud of us and the way we were able to overcome difficult situations and turn the games to our advantage especially during the second periods. The MVP award was a complete surprise to me! I really owe it all to our team and amazing coaches.”
This was the first-ever European WFTDA Continental Cup, following the 2018 tournament restructure that added a Continental Cups program to provide a regional postseason tournament opportunity for member leagues ranked below the cutoff for the International WFTDA Playoffs.
The Derby on Toast Bracket Challenge had 14 players with perfect brackets at the end of the weekend, so a random drawing was used to choose the winner. Congrats to RosettaStone! Be sure to visit https://derbyontoast.com/wftda-bracket-challenge to make your Championships predictions.
Congratulations to all the participating teams, and thanks to all the officials, announcers, photographers, and other volunteers who made the weekend a success. Special thanks to Birmingham Blitz Dames for hosting the first-ever European Continental Cup and for welcoming the WFTDA community to Birmingham!
The 2018 WFTDA Postseason concludes next weekend, November 9-11, with the International Championships in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. Visit Championships Tournament Central to buy tickets or a wftda.tv watch pass, and to get tournament info including schedule and score updates, game recaps, and more.
First Place – Kallio Rolling Rainbow
Second Place – Dublin Roller Derby
Third Place – Tiger Bay Brawlers
Fourth Place – Dock City Rollers