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2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City endures against #2 Victoria, 155-152

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City endures against #2 Victoria, 155-152 Photo credit: Dave Wood Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – The last game on Saturday night of the 2016 International WFTDA Championships brought together the hosts and reigning world champions, Rose City Wheels of Justice, and The Victoria All-Stars of Melbourne, VIC for the second time this season. The two teams met at The Big O where Victoria brought home the win in a narrow 12-point game while they were both without one of their top scoring jammers; Loren Mutch for Rose City and Christy Demons for VRDL.

Both teams came into Champs with a strong season behind them. Victoria had an undefeated 4-0 season which was all played at The Big O, while Rose City had a 6-1 season with four of those wins being by more than 100 points. On Saturday, the tension continued to build until the final jam when Rose City pulled back ahead and took the win 155-152.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 London knocks down #8 Arch Rival, 197-94

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 London knocks down #8 Arch Rival, 197-94 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – To start off Saturday play in Portland, OR, 5th ranked London Brawling took on 8th ranked Arch Rival Roller Derby All-Stars. The two teams had yet to meet, but Arch Rival would put on an unexpected show of strength, initially belying their respective rankings, by leading for the first 12 minutes of the game and mounting a great end of game rally. But it just wasn’t enough to keep London from taking the win, 197-94.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 Arch Rival grounds #7 Denver, 177-165

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 Arch Rival grounds #7 Denver, 177-165 Photo Credit Danforth Johnson

The first Division 1 contest of the 2016 International WFTDA Championships in Portland, OR brought together the Denver Roller Derby Mile High Club of Denver, CO (7th in WFTDA) and the Arch Rival Roller Derby All-Stars of St. Louis, MO. While Arch Rival came in one position below Denver, they won in a tight 3 point game at this year’s Sibling Rivalry. Arch Rival would go on to repeat the close win 177 to 165 sending Denver home.

2016 MRDA Champs: #6 New York takes 5th against #6 Puget Sound, 180-126

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – Playing for 5th place at the 2016 Men’s Roller Derby Association World Championships was the #5 seed New York Shock Exchange against the #6 seed Puget Sound Outcasts of Seattle, WA. Both teams came in ready to rumble and kept the crowed fired up with exciting back and forth exchanges. New York was able to hold out to keep their number five spot 180-126.

2016 MRDA Champs: #1 GateKeepers shut the door on #4 Bridgetown, 132-87

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – Sunday morning’s second contest of the 2016 Men’s Roller Derby Association World Championships brought together the #1 seed St. Louis Gatekeepers and the #4 Bridgetown Menace of Portland, OR. Both teams brought some of the physically largest players in Men’s derby, and it made for one of the surprise games of the weekend with each squad upping the level of smart, defensive play.

The first half was full of quick scoring jams, and numerous lead changes, showing that the #4 team could hold strong with last year’s Champions. While Bridgetown was able to almost half the scoring by St. Louis compared to their meeting in April, they just couldn’t stop the grind that led to Gatekeepers winning 132-87.