2015

D2 Champs 1st Place: Sacred City turns the tables on Nashville, 211-163

D2 Champs 1st Place: Sacred City turns the tables on Nashville, 211-163 Photo credit Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto/

ST. PAUL, MN– The D2 Championship was a rematch between the Sacred City Sacrificers and the Nashville Music City All Stars. These teams faced each other during the playoff season in Detroit, MI where Nashville took the win and claimed first place. There were definite similarities between the Playoff game and the Championship game, as both games were penalty heavy, for blockers and jammers alike. This time Nashville earned 44 penalties, 10 of which were jammer penalties, and Sacred took 46 trips to the box–9 by jammers.

Though both teams struggled to keep all their skaters on the track, Sacred City’s jammers overpowered Nashville in the end, avenging their previous loss with a victory of 211-163, to earn the title of 2015 D2 Champions.

D1 Champs 3rd Place: Victoria Unsettles London, 122-99.

D1 Champs 3rd Place: Victoria Unsettles London, 122-99. Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto/

ST. PAUL, MN – In a game that was tense and close for the first half of play, and then started to feel inevitably in Victoria’s hands by the final quarter, blocker penalties and sheer braced intensity ultimately decided the fate of the game. Victoria showed the world that the tables had shifted since the last time the two teams met in Champs play last year, when London took home the win. In the end, Victoria claimed the win in this game, with a score of 122-99, leaving the tournament with 3rd place and becoming the first non-U.S. team to medal at WFTDA Championships.

D1 Champs: Gotham survives Victoria, 143-141

D1 Champs: Gotham survives Victoria, 143-141 Photo credit Quick'N'Derby

ST PAUL, MN – The semi-final game came down to the last jam, when clock management made the final deciding difference between Gotham maintaining its undefeated record, advancing to fight for the title once more, and being taken down by Victoria.

From controlling lead jammer status to controlling the pack VRDL outplayed Gotham in the first half without question. The second half was slightly, but significantly, in Gotham’s favor. Lead calls were even, but Gotham outscored Victoria despite having more overall penalties.

Debatably, it could be said that the game-deciding moment came less when Gotham took the score lead, but instead when Gotham called two consecutive time-outs (one an official review used as a time-out) to rest Bonnie Thunders before sending her back to the line for the third jam in the row.  

With a barely-there win over Victoria, who held the score lead for almost 56 of the 60 game minutes, Gotham finally ensured their place in the Championship game, 143-141. This game became notably both the closest score to defeat that Gotham has experienced in their history of unbroken wins, as well as the longest that they have trailed in the score in any game in that time.

D1 Champs: Rose City Strangles B.A.D., 191-145

D1 Champs: Rose City Strangles B.A.D., 191-145 Photo credit Donna Olmstead

ST. PAUL, MN – In a game between the two teams that have exchanged #2 and #3 positions throughout the season, the game play was always going to be visibly tense and competitive.

What developed was a game of familiar Rose City play – with alternating jammers, Scald Eagle and Loren Mutch, and their classic tripod blocking formations at the front of the pack. Bay Area’s game felt the loss of their former pushing jammers, as the more jukey, lightfooted jammers they have now didn’t stand a match for the heavyweights of Rose’s defensive line. In the end, Rose’s persistent points grabs paved the way for them to take home the win, 191-145.

D1 Champs: Victoria Victorious Over Texas, 181-85.

D1 Champs: Victoria Victorious Over Texas, 181-85. Photo by Danforth Johnson

ST PAUL, MN – The last time these two teams met at the beginning of May, Victoria reversed the fortunes of their first meet with Texas, when they played the very first international game of roller derby that the Southern hemisphere had seen, winning by a solid 70 point spread.

This time the Victorians held the game solidly from start to finish, releasing their hold on Texas only momentarily before clamping down on their scoring ability, letting Texas through only with engaged battling for every inch.

In fact, both teams shut down on defense so thoroughly that jammers often took up to the first minute of each jam to exit the pack on their initial pass, with Victoria particularly excelling at this. This defensive heft finally told in Victoria’s favor – especially with Christy Demons personally seeing to points additions for Victoria, and the team finishing with the win at a broader differential, 181-85.