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2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 Denver levitates past #4 Angel City, 196-165

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 Denver levitates past #4 Angel City, 196-165 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Friday night’s showdown between Denver and Angel City seemed, at times, to be a clash between quantity and quality. The relatively penalty-averse Mile High Club would slowly and steadily extend its modest lead with dynamic defensive structures and well-timed jammer call-offs, and then the Hollywood Scarlets would explode for multiple passes, riding Denver’s bumper so closely you’d think they were driving under the speed limit in the left lane.

Angel City seemed poised to take control of the game in the second half, twice briefly stealing the lead from Denver and extending that lead to 19 points by picking up lead jammer eight times in a row late in the period. But Scald Eagle, after an unassuming 28-point first half, seemed unstoppable in the clutch, putting up 92 of Denver’s 113 second half points and capping the game by providing 60 points to Denver’s commanding 73-23 run in the last five jams of the game. Denver took a final 196-165 victory, and earned the chance to take on Victorian Roller Derby League Saturday at 6pm for a shot at the championship game.

D1D: #8 Philly rings in another win over #7 Santa Cruz, 156-106

D1D: #8 Philly rings in another win over #7 Santa Cruz, 156-106 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

DALLAS, TX – The consolation game between the Philly Liberty Belles and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells was a clash of two exceptionally disciplined defenses that never lost sight of each other. Jammers from both teams fought a war of attrition, with low scoring but long-running jams that left them either pushing against walls that wouldn’t budge or knocked out and dragged far behind the pack. Strong performances from Herrmann Monster and Buenos D. A$$ proved the deciding factor as Philly held on to defeat Santa Cruz 156-106.

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The final Championship Qualifying game of the 2017 WFTDA Playoff season saw Queen City go into pre-emptive damage control mode in an attempt to limit Arch Rival’s score margin. Arch Rival’s superior cohesion and deep jammer rotation won the day, however, giving Arch Rival a 339-123 victory and ensuring their spot at Championships in November.

D1S: #5 Montréal takes down #6 Rat City, 257-126

D1S: #5 Montréal takes down #6 Rat City, 257-126 Photo credit: Hellslinger (header)

SEATTLE, WA – What promised to be a close 3rd place game between two evenly matched teams turned into a heartbreaker for Rat City defined less by the players who were on the track and more by the players who weren’t. Any home-field advantage the Seattleites may have enjoyed in their upset victory over Jacksonville Friday night was erased in a perfect storm of calamity, as jammer penalties, a key ejection, and a lineup breakdown ahead of the highest-scoring jam in WFTDA playoff history proved insurmountable obstacles as Montréal’s New Skids on the Block cruised to a 257-126 victory.

D1S: #2 Rose City rolls over #14 Montréal, 204-98

D1S: #2 Rose City rolls over #14 Montréal, 204-98 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – Both #1 Rose City and #5 Montréal came into Saturday’s headline matchup looking to continue their winning streak, each team with only one early-season loss on their 2017 record. Montréal made Rose City fight for every point, but Portland’s Wheels of Justice ended up taking a hard-fought victory to a berth in Sunday’s championship game with a final score of 204-98.