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Left For Deadwards: Captain of Tournament Hearts

Left For Deadwards: Captain of Tournament Hearts Photo credit Danforth Johnson

So many of you have enjoyed our playoffs tournament coverage over the span of the last weeks. And we’ve been so glad to have you here with us.

You might be looking forward to the upcoming Champs in Portland as much as we are.

Or have perhaps enjoyed the consistent and comprehensive coverage for tournament after tournament all year long, every year since Derby Central began.

You may not know this yet, but you have one person to thank for this.

And her name is Deadwards

D1V #9: Queen City dethrones #7 Sacred City, 242-160

D1V #9: Queen City dethrones #7 Sacred City, 242-160 Photo credit: Joe Mac

VANCOUVER, BC – While both teams,#9 Queen City and #7 Sacred City, seemed fairly evenly matched in terms of blocking and jammer strength, major penalty trouble throughout the entire game on Sacred City’s side left them at a large disadvantage in this game. They were unable to overtake Queen City after the first few jams. After a tough fight by both teams, Queen City took the win, 242 to 160.

D1C: #1 Rose City Cuts Down #3 Denver, 250-137

D1C: #1 Rose City Cuts Down #3 Denver, 250-137 Photo by TI Stills

Columbia, SC – The final game of the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in Columbia brought together #1 seed Rose City and #3 seed Denver, both teams coming off of two hard-fought wins throughout the weekend. While Rose City held a strong lead for the duration of the game, consistently scoring 6.5 points to every 3.5 points for Denver, both teams displayed the strong defense and incredible jammer talent expected at this level of play. Denver put up a noble fight against the reigning world champions, but in the end, Rose City’s all-around consistently strong gameplay earned them the gold medal in this tournament, winning 250-137.

Turning Idols Into Rivals: the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes

Turning Idols Into Rivals: the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Photo credit: Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography/

“Work until your idols become your rivals.”

This adage, adopted by the Ann Arbor Derby Dimes Brawlstars in 2016, could not be a more accurate way to describe their road to success. The road that led them to steadily climb the WFTDA rankings in 2014 and 2015, quietly making a name for themselves among the greats. The road that led them to nearly make Division 2 playoffs in 2015, missing the mark by only two spots. And the road that ultimately led them to earn their spot in their first-ever WFTDA tournament – the 2016 Division 1 playoffs in Columbia, South Carolina.

D1M: #1 London Tackles #4 Montréal, 325-58

D1M: #1 London Tackles #4 Montréal, 325-58 Photo credit: Duane Baker Photography. facebook.com/duanebakerphotography

MONTRÉAL, QC – In game 11 of the Montréal playoffs, the #1 seed London Rollergirls took on #4 seed, and host league, Montréal Roller Derby. While the New Skids on the Block were certainly the crowd favorite, they were no match for London Brawling. London scored 54 points within the first two jams, setting the tone for much of the game.

Both the New Skids and Brawling brought tight defense and the jammer strength expected from both of these teams, resulting in a hard-fought game on both sides. Montréal consistently fought back throughout the game, picking up some momentum in the second half, but London ultimately blew Montréal out of the water, winning 325-58. They will go on to the Texas Rollergirls Sunday at 6pm EDT (11pm BST) in the battle for first place.