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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.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #6 Texas outpaces Rat City, 254-128

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #6 Texas outpaces Rat City, 254-128 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. www.facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Rat City Roller Girls (#18 in WFTDA) came into Championships after a hard loss to Montréal in the bronze medal game in Seattle. That weekend they played four games highlighted by a 16-point upset against Jacksonville. Regrouped and calm, they hoped to overpower another strong top ten team, this time against the #6 Texas Rollergirls. The Texecutioners prevailed, however, and took a 254-128 win.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival stymies #8 London, 225-82

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival stymies #8 London, 225-82 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Game 3 ended up a bit more lopsided than the rankings would have anticipated as #7 Arch Rival sought to avenge last year’s 197-94 Championship loss to now #8 London Brawling. ARCH’s 72.2 lead jammer percentage gave them a strong head start to lead 110-38 going into halftime. Both teams used up to five jammers but had to shorten their rotations due to different reasons.

Arch Rival got fewer penalties in the whole game than London did in the first half, which helped them maintain control of the game from start to finish. They did a good job taming Rogue Runner’s footwork, keeping her to just 14 points overall, eventually leading to a St. Louis victory, 225-82.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second game of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships promised to be, if nothing else, nothing less than brutal with their slow and grinding play. Both Angel City (#4) and Minnesota (#16) are known for the punishment they subject their opponents to.

In the end, Angel City left with the win, 281-144, after carefully controlling most of the game and using the stickiness of their blocking to full advantage.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In the first game of the tournament Crime City was sure to make a statement in their debut performance at Championships. The #9-ranked Montréal New Skids on the Block took 3rd Place in Seattle while #12 Crime City finished 4th in Malmö. The crowd seemed to have a large Canadian presence, cheering on each of Montréal’s small victories, but Crime City kept taking the momentum back. With the score tied up with under five minutes left, this game was uncertain down to the very last jam.

Crime City won lead percentage for the game at an average of 52.6% but Montréal took hold of the game in the final quarter of play. Both teams had very consistent halves with the same amount of penalties and nearly the same amount of points in each period. The New Skids took a slight edge, however, and even with Falcon Punch taking a seat in the penalty box in the final seconds of the game, Montréal won 133-129.