WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament and California corbinaThe WFTDA East Region Playoffs or WFTDA Eastern Regional Tournament was one of four annual roller derby regional qualifying tournaments for the WFTDA Championships.The Tournament was organised by the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). Full WFTDA members in the Eastern Region members were eligible for ranking, and the top ten leagues would qualify for the Eastern Regional Tournament, and the top three finalists would qualify for the Championships. Together, the four qualifying tournaments and Championships were termed the "Big 5". Starting with the 2013 WFTDA season, WFTDA's regions were discontinued in favor of an overall-rankings based system, and a new playoff format was created.Contents 1 Championships 1.1 2007 Heartland Havoc 1.2 2008 Derby In Dairyland 1.3 2009 Wicked Wheels of the East 1.4 2010 Derby In the Burbs 2 ReferencesChampionships 2007 Heartland HavocThe 2007 Eastern Regional Tournament was held August 17 - 19 in Columbus, Ohio. It was a 12-team single-elimination tournament with the same structure as February's Dust Devil Western Regional. There were numerous upsets on the second day: Chicago's Windy City Rollers, ranked #14 in the nation at the time, defeated the Mad Rollin' Dolls of Madison, Wisconsin, ranked #1 at the time. Additionally, the #19 Detroit Derby Girls defeated the #6 Minnesota Rollergirls, and the #10 Gotham Girls Roller Derby defeated #9 Philly. In the championship bout, Gotham beat Windy City, 134–71. 2008 Derby In DairylandOn October 10, 2008, the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (GGRD All-Stars) beat the Windy City Rollers 133-92 in the championship bout. Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat the Carolina Rollergirls 112-48 in the consolation bout to take third place. 2009 Wicked Wheels of the EastOn September 13, 2009, the Philly Rollergirls' Liberty Belles beat Gotham Girls Roller Derby 90-89 in the East championship bout. The Boston Derby Dames' Boston Massacre defeated the Charm City Rollergirls 156-142 to take 3rd place. 2010 Derby In the BurbsThe 2010 tournament was held in White Plains, NY, and featured the first appearance by a non-American team at a WFTDA regional tournament, in 6th-ranked Montreal Roller Derby's New Skids on the Block, who wound up finishing in 7th place. Gotham won the tournament for the third time in four years, defeating Philly 133 - 103 on day three, while 4th-ranked Charm City beat Boston 162 - 128 to take third place.
California corbina and WFTDA Eastern Regional TournamentThe California corbina (Menticirrhus undulatus) is a saltwater fish and member of the croaker family. California corbina occur from the Gulf of California, Mexico, to Point Conception, California. It is a bottom fish found along sandy beaches and in shallow bays. This species travels in small groups along the surf zone in a few inches of water to depths of 45 feet (14 m). The largest recorded specimen was 28 inches (710 mm) and 8.5 pounds. Other names include "California kingcroaker," "California whiting," and "sucker." California corbina should not be confused with corvina in the genus Cynoscion, which are taken in the Salton Sea and Gulf of California.Contents 1 Description 2 Natural history 3 Fishing information 4 ReferencesDescriptionThe body of the California corbina is elongate and slightly compressed. The head is long and the mouth is small, the upper jaw scarcely reaching a point below the front of the eye. The color is uniform grey with iridescent reflections, and with wavy diagonal lines on the sides. This croaker and the yellowfin croaker are the only two of the eight coastal croakers present in California waters to have a single fleshy projection, or barbel, on the lower jaw. The California corbina usually has only one weak spine at the front of the anal fin, while the yellowfin croaker has two strong spines. The caudal fin (tail) is unusual in that the upper half has a concave trailing edge, the lower half trailing edge is convex. Natural historyAdults have been seen feeding in the surf, at times in water so shallow that their backs were exposed. They scoop up mouthfuls of sand and separate the food by sending the sand through the gills. They are very particular feeders, apparently spitting out bits of clam shells and other foreign matter. About 90 percent of the food they eat is sand crabs – Emerita analoga. Other crustaceans and clams are of lesser importance. Males mature when 2 years old at a length of about 10 inches and females at age 3 when about 13 inches long. Spawning extends from June to September, but is heaviest during July and August. Spawning apparently takes place offshore as running ripe fish are not often found in the surf zone. The eggs are free floating. Young corbina, 1 inch long, have been observed outside the surf in 4–8 feet (1.2–2.4 m) of water in August. They travel in large groups, commonly known as the "fish of the sea." Fishing informationCalifornia corbina are caught throughout the year along southern California's sandy beaches, although fishing is at its best from July through September. They are very wary and difficult to hook as many an avid surf fisherman can affirm. Perhaps one reason is that they tend to mouth and chew their food and don't strike solidly very often. Sand crabs (usually softshells) are the preferred bait, though some anglers swear by blood worms, mussels, clams, pileworms, and ghost shrimp.Corbina are sometimes referred to as "Beans," and for the surf fisherman is one of the most prized catches. The Beans, sometimes also referred to a "Sliders" are seen in the summer months as the water warms and the sand crab beds appear in the sand. As an incoming tide fills in the holes, troughs and structure in the beach, Corbina will come in with an incoming wash and utilize the barbel they have under their chin to dig and sometimes can be seen "tailing" for sand crabs. For anglers who prefer to fly fish in the surf, they are especially difficult to bring to hand. The fly patterns they prefer and will hit represent sand crabs, blood worms and other crustaceans.Although, these fish are difficult to hook, even an amateur spear fisher can easily spear these fish as they are not very wary of human contact. Corbina are the perfect fish to learn how to aim and shoot your spear due to the fishes lack of fight/flight reaction.
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