Hosted by Philly Roller Derby, the 2017 WFTDA Division 1 Championships are upon us with 12 teams converging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to decide who is the best of the best. Gotham has had their legendary run with the Hydra, and now Rose City has kept it for two years in a row. Many think the trophy will end up down under while others hope to see it go a mile high. Ultimately, with the way the bracket fell into place this season, we will at least get a different matchup for the final game.
The annual November Championship tournament is only a Division 1 bracket this year since D2’s Playoffs and Champs were all in one weekend back in August in Pittsburgh, PA. Catch up on how each of the 12 D1 teams did this season, and how they are looking in their first-round matchups with Part 1 and Part 2 of our weekend preview.
You can watch this weekend’s games on WFTDA.tv, or check out WFTDA’s partnership with Twitch and their Roller Derby Watch Party. The Championship game on Sunday will air on ESPN3 live, with a re-air of the game on EPSN2 next week.
Below each team is listed with their Playoff finishing placement and seed for this weekend followed by their WFTDA rank as of September 30th. Don’t forget that Daylight Saving will occur between Saturday and Sunday and the schedule below reflects that.
Game 16: 6 PM EST/11 PM GMT/10 AM (MON) AEDT
1st Place: #1 Victorian Roller Derby League (#1) vs #1 Rose City Rollers (#2)
Halftime: VRDL 99-32 RCR; Final: VRDL 180-101 RCR
Tournament MVP: Lady Trample – Victorian Roller Derby League
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