2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Lansing Central

The first WFTDA Division 2 tournament took place last weekend in Wichita, Kansas, and resulted in Brandywine taking first place over Blue Ridge. Both those teams will be heading to Portland, Oregon, in November to take on the top two finishers of this tournament for their ultimate Division 2 placements. See how each team got to Playoffs this season with our D2 Lansing preview.

D2L: Sassy KickAssy Destroys Guy in Grey T-Shirt in Halftime Musical Chairs

D2L: Sassy KickAssy Destroys Guy in Grey T-Shirt in Halftime Musical Chairs Photo credit: Nicole Cottom

LANSING, MI – In perhaps one of the most exciting games* of the entire weekend, the last halftime competition of the Lansing playoffs brought together ten random people who competed for title of Musical Chairs Champion. Though each competitor brought strong offensive strategy to the table, the game ended with Sassy KickAssy from Nidaros Roller Derby clenching the win over Guy in Grey T-Shirt** in the last few seconds.

D2L 1st Place: #5 Calgary takes gold against #7 Charlottesville, 189-165

D2L 1st Place: #5 Calgary takes gold against #7 Charlottesville, 189-165 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LANSING, MI – After two weekends of upsets, Division 2 tournaments proved that 1st place could go to anyone with another final game that didn’t include any of the top seeded teams. #5 Calgary first upset #4 Cincinnati on the first day, and then the #1 seed Charm City on Saturday to get to this far. #7 Charlottesville had a longer journey to the Championship game, and had to beat #10 Grand Raggidy, #2 Sac City, and then #3 Wasatch. Both proved themselves over the weekend, and were already rewarded with a trip to Portland, but now they had to battle it out to take home the gold medal.

Both had shown a diverse jammer lineup over the weekend and an aggressive, fast-moving pack of blockers. Charlottesville’s ability to play a cleaner game and put up big points despite a low lead jammer percentage forced Calgary to prove their endurance on the track. Calgary and Charlottesville had to dig deep and rely on multiple people to pull through at different times, proving each had strong teamwork as no single skater stood out more than the rest in the stats. Calgary came out with the win in the end, 189-165 giving them the top seed for Portland and gold medals to take home to Canada.

D2L 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194

D2L 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194 Photo credit Juan Paden.

LANSING, MI – After a weekend full of upsets, the 3rd place game in Lansing brought together the #1 and #3 seeds, Charm City All Stars and Wasatch Roller Midnight Terror respectively. From the very first jam, it was clear this was going to be a closely matched game in both skill and determination. There was a nearly even split on lead jammer status from both teams, and with most jams only yielding a handful of points and not lasting the full two minutes, this was an exciting battle for fans and players alike.

After a continual back and forth of lead change after lead change, and strong defense and consistent jamming by each team, Charm City clenched the win in the last few seconds, and took third place overall in the Lansing D2 playoffs.

D2L 5th Place: #8 Bear City wins rematch against #9 Tri-City, 177-153

D2L 5th Place: #8 Bear City wins rematch against #9 Tri-City, 177-153 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LANSING, MI – The rematch between Canada and Germany came with excitement and fervor as the 5th place game concluded with a revenge-seeking quality from 59th ranked Tri-City Thunder that came crashing down at the end of the contest with the 56th ranked Berlin Bombshells playing the long game to win it 177 to 153.