2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs

D1O 5th Place: #6 Boston Claws #10 No Coast, 203-139.

D1O 5th Place: #6 Boston Claws #10 No Coast, 203-139. Photo credit Danforth Johnson

OMAHA, NE – In what was predicted to be a close match, Boston Derby Dames’ Boston Massacre took on No Coast Derby Girls’ Mad Maxines. The game was tight and smartly played in the first half with very few penalties and both teams looking very calm and focused on emerging victorious.

The second half, however, showed Boston as a stronger and generally more cohesive team than No Coast, allowing them to maintain a comfortable lead, ultimately taking the win with a score of 203-139.

D1O: #10 No Coast Blows Past #5 Windy City, 300-88.

D1O: #10 No Coast Blows Past #5 Windy City, 300-88. Photo credit Danforth Johnson
OMAHA, NE– The second bout of day 2 in Omaha’s D1 tournament pitted Windy City All-Stars against No Coast’s Mad Maxines. Both teams came in to the day fresh off losses in each of their first games on Friday: No Coast falling victim to #7 Helsinki by just 8 points, while Windy came out 161 points behind #4 Montreal.

D1O: #2 Angel City (#8) blasts #7 Helsinki, 434-58.

D1O: #2 Angel City (#8) blasts #7 Helsinki, 434-58. Photo credit Danforth Johnson

OMAHA, NE – In a game that pitted the #8 WFTDA-ranked team, Angel City, against the #25 Helsinki, it was never going to have the tight finish that Helsinki had pulled off in their first game of the day against No Coast.

A tired Finnish team was repeatedly stymied by the sheer track strength of the City of Angels blockers in the end, and unable to match their might, they repeatedly let ACDG through holes and were unable to score match themselves. In the end, Angel City took an emphatic win over the Finns, 434-58.

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha Helsinki vs. Boston at the Big O. Photo by Donalee Eiri - Photography by D.E.sign. myderbyphotos.com

Helsinki Roller Derby will travel to North America for the third time in 18 months (fourth for those who played for Team Finland during the Blood and Thunder World Cup) to compete in the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Oct 2-4. As of last year, Helsinki was grossly under-ranked, as is common for many European teams, at #137 in the WFTDA. In order to remedy that, the team traveled extensively: twice to the U.S., once to Malmö, Sweden, to participate in the inaugural WFTDA European Tournament, and most recently to the UK where they took on London in the first sanctioned game between two D1 European teams.

D1J 7th Place: #8 Steel City Meddles With #10 Charlottesville, 281-134

D1J 7th Place: #8 Steel City Meddles With #10 Charlottesville, 281-134 Photo credit Quick'N'Derby

JACKSONVILLE, FL – 8th seed, Steel City, started the weekend with a close win against Pikes Peak, but ended up in the consolation bracket after losses against #1 seed London and #5 seed Tampa.

Charlottesville, who was aiming for Division 2 and ended up edging into D1 this playoff season, upset Glasgow in their first game and then found themselves playing for 7th after losing to #2 Denver and #6 Detroit.

Steel City started this final game strong, leading Charlottesville the entire way, but the Virginians fought hard the whole 60 minutes. Steel City’s control helped them earn the win and 7th place, 281-134.