Brooklyn Defiance

D1M: 3rd Place, #3 London claims bronze over #4 Crime City, 181-138

D1M: 3rd Place, #3 London claims bronze over  #4 Crime City, 181-138 Photo credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN – The battle for bronze between the host league #4 Crime City Rollers and #3 London Roller Girls saw the momentum swing back and forth in the first half, including multiple lead changes.

The second half looked a bit different for both teams and, despite a valiant effort from Crime City, the team were not able to reclaim momentum for more than a few jams at a time. Whereas London was able to take charge of the second half and come away with the win, 181-138.

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN   The home team enjoyed an enthusiastic crowd and multiple standing ovations for excellent turns of defense and impressive offensive maneuvers. Overall, the game was filled with slow grinding braces, great team and individual defense, and violent knockouts and draw backs on both sides.

In the end, Crime City could not hold back Gotham’s offensive power and Gotham, despite a slow start, took the win with a score of 237-65.

D1M: #8 Detroit stops #10 Terminal City, 257-181

D1M: #8 Detroit stops #10 Terminal City, 257-181 Photo Credit Peter Troest

MALMO, SWEDEN – Detroit started off this game strong with smooth jamming up the outside lines, and strong defense that resulted in a dominant first half.

In the second half, Terminal City was able to earn lead status roughly half of the time, which helped combat some blocker penalties that began to take their on the team toll late in the game.

Despite the penalty trouble, Terminal City did mount a comeback attempt in the last third of the second half, but it came too late to surpass the early lead Detroit built. In the end, Detroit carried the win, 257 – 181.

D1M: #3 London squeezes past #6 Rainy City, 124-119

D1M: #3 London squeezes past #6 Rainy City, 124-119 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN – The first game of Day 2 saw #6 Rainy City rise up against #3 London Brawling, the winner to advance to Championships, and take on the winner of #2 Denver Roller Derby v #7 Stockholm Roller Derby at 8pm CEST later today.

The game was defined by slow pushing braced walls that often separated into two distinct formations often linked by a Rainy City bridge, that would at times break off either to provide much-needed offense or offer additional support to Rainy City’s wall. For the majority of the game, Rainy City commanded the lead, even if only by a few points. Halfway through the second half, London was able to take advantage of Rainy City’s blocker penalties to build momentum and take the lead, ending the game on top, 124-119.

D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154

D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – The first game of Day 2 at the WFTDA D1 Playoffs showcased a familiar matchup between Montréal and Bay Area. Montréal beat Bay Area at last years playoffs, cutting BAD’s post season short as the win propelled Montréal to Champs. While Bay Area’s roster saw significant changes during the offseason, history repeated itself, as Montréal knocked BAD into the consolation bracket, winning 203-154.