Queen City Roller Girls

Queen City Roller Girls or QCRG,[1] are a women's flat-track roller derby league based in Buffalo, New York. Founded in 2006,[2] the league begins their fourteenth season in 2020. The QCRG are a member of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA).[3] Since 2016, Queen City plays their home games at Buffalo RiverWorks on the city's waterfront, drawing upwards of 1,000 fans to events,[4] with their home-team season typically running from January through June. The facility at RiverWorks is a private development that includes a purpose-built flat track for roller derby, and is credited for helping the league sell over 10,000 tickets in the 2016 season.[5]

Queen City Roller Girls
Metro areaBuffalo, New York
CountryUnited States
TeamsTravel teams:
Lake Effect Furies (A)
Subzero Sirens (B)
Home teams:
Alley Kats
Devil Dollies
Track type(s)Flat
VenueRiverWorks, Buffalo
Org. typeLLC


The QCRG league is currently composed of three home teams: the Alley Kats, the Devil Dollies and the Saucies. The Nickel City Knockouts, who won 4 consecutive QCRG Championships starting in 2012, were retired after the 2015 season. The "training team" is the Queen's Court. The league also brought back a B travel development team in 2016, named the Subzero Sirens.

QCRG also has an affiliated junior roller derby league, The Queen City Junior Roller Girls, which comprises 2 teams, The Cereal Killers and The Atomic Bettys. The juniors also have an All-Star travel team, The Queen City Jr Roller Girls.[6]

WFTDA competition

The All-Star travel team is the Lake Effect Furies. The Furies first qualified for WFTDA Playoffs in 2013, as the sixth seed at the Division 2 Playoffs in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where they placed 9th.[7] In 2014, the Furies returned to Division 2 Playoffs, this time in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, entering as the second seed and ultimately coming in 5th place.[8] In 2015, Queen City made their first trip to Division 1 Playoffs at Omaha, Nebraska, which included a last-jam upset victory over Toronto Roller Derby, 232-229.[9] The Furies entered the weekend as the ninth seed and improved to eighth by Sunday.[10] In 2016, Queen City returned for their second consecutive Division 1 Playoff, as the ninth seed in Vancouver, British Columbia, and finished the weekend in sixth.[11] At the 2017 Division 1 Playoff in Dallas, Queen City won their opening game against Houston Roller Derby,[12] but then lost their quarterfinal to Arch Rival Roller Derby.[13] Queen City finished their weekend with a 270-77 consolation bracket win over Wasatch Roller Derby.[14] At the 2018 WFTDA Playoffs in Atlanta, Queen City lost both its games, including a tight consolation round game to Bear City Roller Derby, 218-212.[15]


Season Final ranking[16] Playoffs Championship
2011 15 E[17] DNQ DNQ
2012 13 E[18] DNQ DNQ
2013 48 WFTDA[19] 9 D2[7] DNQ
2014 36 WFTDA[20] 5 D2[8] DNQ
2015 47 WFTDA[21] 8 D1[10] DNQ
2016 27 WFTDA[22] 6 D1[11] DNQ
2017 18 WFTDA[23] CR D1[14] DNQ
2018 24 WFTDA[24] CR[15] DNQ
  • CR = consolation round


  1. http://qcrg.net/
  2. History
  3. WFTDA Official Website
  4. Kearns, Michelle (9 January 2016). "Queen City Roller Derby league debuts new chapter at the waterfront". Buffalo News. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. Shepherd, Shannon (28 May 2016). "Queen City Roller Girls sell 10,000 tickets". WIVB. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. Teams
  7. "August 23-25, 2013: Kalamazoo, Michigan". WFTDA. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  8. Deadwards, Lisa; Fristoe, Chelsea (14 November 2014). "Roll Call! Let's run through WFTDA D2". Derby Central. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  9. Deadwards, Lisa (3 October 2015). "D1O: #9 Queen City Crowned Victorious Against #8 Toronto, 232-229". Derby Central. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  10. Deadwards, Lisa (14 October 2015). "2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Omaha Central". Derby Central. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  11. Deadwards, Lisa (19 September 2016). "2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central". Derby Central. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  12. Deadwards, Lisa (22 September 2017). "D1D: #6 Queen City freeze out #11 Houston, 195-104". Derby Central. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  13. "D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123". Derby Central. 24 September 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  14. Deadwards, Lisa (25 September 2017). "D1D: #6 Queen City dominates #12 Wasatch, 270-77". Derby Central. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  15. "2018 Playoffs Atlanta Game 10: Bear City vs. Queen City – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. 22 September 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
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  17. "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 25 January 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  18. "Current Rankings". WFTDA. Archived from the original on 20 March 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  19. "Rankings: December 31, 2013". WFTDA. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  20. "Rankings: December 31, 2014". WFTDA. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  21. "Rankings: December 31, 2015". WFTDA. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  22. "Rankings: December 31, 2016 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 6 January 2017.
  23. "Rankings: December 31, 2017 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  24. "Rankings: December 31, 2018 – WFTDA". wftda.com. WFTDA. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
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