Brooklyn Defiance

2017 D1 Champs: #6 Texas defeats #16 Minnesota, 280-153

2017 D1 Champs: #6 Texas defeats #16 Minnesota, 280-153 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Texas and Minnesota faced off earlier this year at the Big O where the Texecutioners took the win, 193-133. This time around Texas found the great wall of St. Paul a bit more permeable while strengthening their own defense to earn a final win, 280-153.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria bests #9 Montréal, 253-99

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria bests #9 Montréal, 253-99 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – After narrowly advancing to the quarterfinals, Montréal fell to Victoria 253-99 in a defensively tough but exciting match up. Victoria controlled the game from the outset but Montréal had their own shining moments. Victoria remained disciplined and cohesive throughout the game, relying on their signature defense and trusted their jammers to navigate the pack with little assistance.

Montréal struggled to adapt to a different style of play than they faced in their previous game. They were often slow to change from offense to defense, or from regular pack play to a power jam–hesitations that hindered them from fully taking advantage of the few situations where Victoria was vulnerable.

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The first place game between the #1 seeded Victorian Roller Derby and the #2 seeded Texas was a physical battle for points and position. The two teams hadn’t met since The Big O 2016 in Eugene, OR where VRDL won 130-114. Though Victoria earned an early lead this time around that would not be challenged throughout the game, Texas kept things interesting with aggressive- a little bit old school- defense. VRDL ended the tournament with a gold medal, 193-50 with Texas taking silver.

D1D: #2 Texas wins over #3 Arch Rival, 209-119

D1D: #2 Texas wins over #3 Arch Rival, 209-119 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The final game of Day 2 was a matchup between the #2 seeded Texas Texecutioners and #3 Arch Rival. Both teams enjoyed scoring runs and traded momentum back and forth but Texas was able to capitalize on their lead calls with strong defense and well-timed offense, ending the game 209-119.

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – An intense quarterfinal matchup between #11-ranked Minnesota and #13 Atlanta took place first thing Saturday morning, with one of the last few spots at Championships at stake. A close, back and forth game was decided in the final jam as Minnesota’s jammer broke free for lead status and called off the jam 0-0, holding the final score at 146-144 in Minnesota’s favor.