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D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143

D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

DALLAS, TX – The #5 Atlanta Rollergirls certainly did not want to find themselves in the 2pm game Sunday, but after suffering a heartbreaking 2-point loss to #4 Minnesota, the Dirty South found themselves matched up against #11 Houston Roller Derby. The rankings spread on this game was huge; Atlanta came in as the #13 team in the WFTDA, and Houston #36, so the game was predicted to be a blowout, but Houston did not just roll over for the Georgians, although lost 323-143.

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

DALLAS, TX – #1 Victorian Roller Derby League came into Division 1 Playoffs with high expectations placed upon them. They met #4 Minnesota, after both having secured their spots at Philadelphia Championships. The math suggested that Victorian was going to handle Minnesota, but Minnesota’s defense wasn’t going to let VRDL go through unscathed.

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – The new 12-team structure at Division 1 playoffs is lending itself to a couple of large margin games on day one. The first of the Dallas tournament was #5 Atlanta Rollergirls (#13 in WFTDA rankings) versus #12 Wasatch Roller Derby (#40 in WFTDA rankings). The resulting game was probably exactly as you would expect: excellent work from both teams, but one team simply dominated.

Wasatch jammers #8 Sookie Slaphouse and #00 Carpe Jugulum demonstrated impressive footwork and body maneuvers to get through the Atlanta blockers. Atlanta is known for their defensive structure’s uncompromising power from vets #21 Blaque Jac and #76 Queen Loseyateefa. Although Wasatch only put up one point in the first seven jams, it speaks volumes of their jammers and offensive switch to say that Atlanta only scored an average of 3.4 points per JAM in those first seven. Atlanta still ran away with the score, however, and took the win 415-68.

D1D: #8 Philly pushes past #9 Arizona, 163-108

D1D: #8 Philly pushes past #9 Arizona, 163-108 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com/

DALLAS, TX – With the world of flat track derby still learning how to cope with the new tournament structure, they find themselves faced already with the final Division 1 Playoff of the season. Kicking off the weekend was the game predicted to be the closest throughout the weekend with #8 seed Philly Roller Derby taking on #9 seed Arizona Roller Derby.

Arizona came out fired up and ready to break some brackets. It’s been since April since Arizona has played a team ranked above #30, but they did not look rusty at all. Philly, who has had an intense season between Tiny Tourney and SweatFest, looked confused and shaken early on. After an early Arizona lead, Philly pulled ahead and ultimately took the win 163-108.

D1M: #7 Stockholm cleans up #10 Terminal City, 197-145

D1M: #7 Stockholm cleans up #10 Terminal City, 197-145 Photo credit: Marko Niemelä Photography. facebook.com/punkmarkophotos/

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – Malmö playoffs so far have been full of out-of-the-gate underdog power. The 6pm game between #7 Stockholm Roller Derby and #10 Terminal City Rollergirls was no exception.

Terminal City is no stranger to intense weekend play, having completed three games at The Big O and four games at Golden Bowl this year. Meanwhile, Stockholm is not short on tournament play this season either, having played in Anarchy in the UK and the Kallio FINvitational, along with crossing the ocean to play three games in the United States this season.

Stockholm jumped into a 57-point lead after two big jams early on, and Terminal City wasn’t able to bridge the gap. Stockholm took the win, 197-145.