2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

The 2016 WFTDA Playoffs begin this year in Wichita, Kansas with the first of two Division 2 brackets. The top two finishers will advance to Championships this November in Portland, and will face off against the top two finishers of the other bracket. Bookmark this page and return here all weekend long as your central source for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Lansing Preview

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Lansing Preview Photo credit: Joe Mac. facebook.com/joemacphoto

The first round of 2016’s WFTDA Playoff games took place last weekend in Wichita, Kansas, and lived up to the tournament’s Division 2 history of exciting upsets and results. By the end of the weekend, after entering as the #4 seed, Brandywine took 1st place over the #7 seed, Blue Ridge, who ended up leaving the tournament with 2nd.

This coming weekend, in Lansing, MI, will include the first two of five teams that are new to Playoffs this year, a couple who have risen high enough to make a return, a few teams who dropped out of Division 1 since last year.

Overall, many of the teams experienced inconsistent results this year which makes the whole bracket a bit tough to predict, but all the more exciting for seedings upset potential ahead. The top two finishers will join Brandywine and Blue Ridge in Portland, OR, at Championships this November to decide the ultimate placement of the top four Division 2 teams.

D2W: #4 Brandywine Stops #7 Blue Ridge, 146-123

D2W: #4 Brandywine Stops #7 Blue Ridge, 146-123 Photo credit Donna Olmstead

WICHITA, KS – In the battle for #1 seed heading into the WFTDA Championships in Portland, OR, two underdog teams took the track with both jammer strength and smart defense. #4 seed Brandywine, who upset the tournament #1 seed Jet City Rollergirls Saturday afternoon came into the game with focus and determination. They took on #7 seed Blue Ridge, who also had an upset win over #2 seed Houston Roller Derby on Friday, followed by an upset over Nashville Rollergirls Saturday.

Both teams seemed determined to win the championship game, and after a close and exciting game, Brandywine clenched the win, 146-123. Both teams will advance to Portland, OR, where they will play the top two teams from Lansing.

D2W: #1 Jet City lands 3rd place over #3 Nashville, 132-118

D2W: #1 Jet City lands 3rd place over #3 Nashville, 132-118 Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

WICHITA, KS – To get to the 3rd place game of the first WFTDA Playoff of the 2016 tournament season, both the #1 seed Jet City Bombers and #3 seed Nashville Music City All Stars pulled off last minute wins on Friday and then fell to lower seeds on Saturday. Jet City proved they had plenty of fight in them for 60 minutes of play while Nashville has had a slow start to a lot of their games this season.

In the second half it seemed as if the #46 ranked Music City All Stars were mounting their usual comeback, but the #42 Bomber’s ability to get lead status kept them ahead from start to finish, taking the bronze medal with a 132-118 win against Nashville.

D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181

D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181 Photo by Danforth Johnson

WICHITA, KS – The 5th place game ended with Boulder County rolling the rocks over Houston to secure a place in history being the lowest ranking team to ever take out a #2 seeded team in playoff history. The Houston All Stars are currently ranked #43 in the WFTDA listings while the Boulder County Bombers come in at #58. Don’t let the rankings or seedings fool you, in typical D2 fashion the upset came with evenly matched athletes as Boulder lit up the sky, 184 to 181 over Houston.

D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119

D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119 Photo credit: Benma Photography.

WICHITA, KS – The 7th place game played out between #6 seed Tucson Roller Derby and #5 seed Kansas City Roller Warriors, two teams who had been on the wrong side of last minute upsets earlier in the weekend.

Although it proved a hard-hitting game with numerous pile-ups, both teams lost their game faces during time outs (also numerous) and seemed friendly with each other.

#51 ranked Tucson built a solid lead from the start and finished the tournament in 7th place after a 223-119 win against #50 Kansas City.

The two main successes to Tucson’s victory were offense and Kansas City’s jammer penalties, which came at a rapid pace in the beginning. Getting outscored 120-46 in the first half, Kansas City’s penalties and not offering offense off the line left them few opportunities to score, and despite better second half stats, they couldn’t catch up to Tucson.