2016 WFTDA Champs Central

The 2016 International Women’s Flat Track Derby Association Championships are being held in Portland, Oregon, November 4th-6th. Hosted by the reigning Champions, Rose City Rollers, the tournament will consist of 12 Division 1 teams and 4 Division 2 teams.

The top three teams from each Division 1 Playoff tournament- Montréal, Columbia, Vancouver, and Madison– qualified for the WFTDA Champs bracket and will play for the Hydra. The top two teams from each Division 2 Playoff tournament- Wichita and Lansing– play for the D2 Cup. Catch up on how each team has done this year with a preview of Division 2 Brandywine versus Charlottesville and Calgary versus Blue Ridge, as well as Friday’s Division 1 match ups, and Saturday’s D1 quarterfinal games.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 2

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 2 Photo credit: Roller Derby on Film.

The 2016 WFTDA Champs will take place in Portland, Oregon this weekend, starting Friday, November 4, and will continue through Sunday, November 6. Like last year’s tournament’s final day, the games on Sunday of the 2016 WFTDA Champs will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The Rose City Rollers – who, like all entering #1 seeds for Division 1, have a bye on Friday – will have a chance to defend their title on their home turf of Portland. Each #1 seed entered their respective playoff in the top position and maintained their position to enter this Champs tournament at the same seeding. In this single elimination tournament, each #1 seed will face the victors of the first round games played on Friday, providing each team with one last chance to scout their competition.

Depending on who wins the first round, we may see new match ups in Game 5 and Game 7. Whether we see rematches of last year’s Championships play out again this year remains to be seen. With each of these teams boasting strong, consistent defense and high scoring jammers, Day 2 will be an intense battle.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1 Photo credit: Phantom Photographics.

The 2016 WFTDA Championship tournament is taking place in Portland, Oregon and is hosted by reigning champions the Rose City Rollers. As a #1 seed for Division 1, they get a bye on Friday which means that all of the D1 #2 and #3 seeds battle it out on the first day for a spot in the quarter final round on Saturday. After the Division 2 semi-final games, D1 will start up and the first day is looking to be a series of good match ups.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Brandywine vs Charlottesville

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Brandywine vs Charlottesville Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography.

The 2016 WFTDA Championships in Portland, Oregon will kick off with the Division 2 portion of the weekend, which consists of the top two teams from both D2 Playoff brackets. The first place winners of each Playoff tournament will take on the second place finishers of the opposite bracket and the winners will advance to the Championship game on Sunday while the other two teams will play for third place.

The first D2 match up will be between Brandywine Roller Derby and the Charlottesville Derby Dames, both making their first trip to WFTDA Champs. Brandywine has been competing in Division 2 Playoffs since 2014, entering their first two seasons as a #10 seed, and then getting a #4 spot this year. Charlottesville qualified for Playoffs the first time as a #10 seed in Division 1 last year, and then as a #7 seed in Division 2 this season. This matchup will bring together a disciplined Brandywine, who sticks to a strict jammer rotation, and a more relaxed Charlottesville squad that can throw nearly anyone in the star.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge Photo credit: Joe Mac.

This will be the fourth year that the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association has used Divisions for tournament play, giving teams ranked lower in the spectrum a chance to play for medals. The top seed from each Division 2 Playoff will take on the second seed from the opposite Playoff bracket on Friday morning, and the winners will play for 1st and 2nd place on Sunday, with the remaining two teams battling for 3rd place.

Calgary Roller Derby Association and the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will help kick off the 2016 Championships in Portland, Oregon. This is the first season that Calgary has qualified for WFTDA tournaments at all, while Blue Ridge has participated at Playoffs for both Divisions, and so far will be the only team to make a second trip to Championships for D2. These teams have a similar style on the track, so depending on how they’ve spent the months between Playoffs and Champs will make all the difference.