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2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Quarterfinal Games

2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Quarterfinal Games Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

In Part 1 of our 2017 WFTDA Championships preview, we looked at the teams who are battling it out in the first four games for a chance to take on the top seeds in the quarterfinal round of games. Now we will take a look at Victoria, Gotham, Rose City, and Denver who earned byes for this tournament and will play the winners of the play-in games.

The WFTDA had previously announced that the final game would air one ESPN2 but since then the schedule has changed and now the live broadcast will be on ESPN3 with a rerun the following Sunday on ESPN2. The rest of the games can be watched on WFTDA.tv, or check out WFTDA’s partnership with Twitch and their Roller Derby Watch Party.

2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Play-in Games

2017 WFTDA Championships Preview: Play-in Games 2016 Champs: Lonon vs Arch. Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby

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.

There will be no Division 2 element to Champs this season since their Playoffs and Championships all played out in one weekend in Pittsburgh months ago. That leaves room for every team to at least play two games this weekend and keep the focus on one bracket. After everyone gets an extra hour of sleep Saturday night due to Daylight Saving Time, the Championship game will air on ESPN3*** Sunday at 6 PM EST. The rest of the games can be watched on WFTDA.tv, or check out WFTDA’s partnership with Twitch and their Roller Derby Watch Party. (***WFTDA previously announced that the final game would air on ESPN2, read here about the changes.)

We have analyzed each team for the first four games, the Play-in games which determine who moves on to face the four teams who earned a bye into this tournament. The team is listed with the placement they left their respective Playoff in along with their WFTDA ranking as of September 30th.

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Support Roller Derby Coverage Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

With only a few months left in 2017, the WFTDA Division 1 Championships will be the last big event that the whole roller derby world will be tuning into. We would love any support you could throw our way to help us finish out the 2017 season of tournament coverage.

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2017 MRDA Championships

Hosted by South Wales Silures and the Men’s Roller Derby Association, the 2017 MRDA Champs take place outside the United States for the first time in Cwmbran, Wales.

This is also the first year that MRDA held Playoff tournaments prior to the Champs bracket. Playoff #1 was held in Toulouse, France the weekend of July 29th-30th. Five teams participated there with the Toulouse Quad Guards and Manchester Roller Derby advancing to Champs. At Playoff #2 in Richmond, BC, Canada seven teams played for the final two spots in Wales which went to the Philly Hooligans and Austin Anarchy.

2017 B-Team Champs: Day 3 Medal Games

The final two games of the day didn’t disappoint, and looked like the theme of the day would be seeding upsets. Although Minnesota and Dallas confirmed their initial placements in the 9th place game, Arch Rival’s Saint Lunachix and Angel City’s Rocket Queens both left tournament higher than they were seeded. (Read about those games here.)

The Texas Firing Squad made Gotham’s stock plummet, but Rose City defended their Championship title and fought back against a bruising Denver opponent.