2016 D1 WFTDA Playoffs

D1M: #5 Team United sinks #6 Helsinki, 206-155

D1M: #5 Team United sinks #6 Helsinki, 206-155 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MADISON, WI – Battling for 5th place today was #5 Team United and #6 Helsinki. Team United looked to keep their entrance ranking from the weekend while Helsinki aimed to bump themselves up one spot. The teams were well-matched, resulting in a hard-fought battle up until the last few jams. Helsinki’s swift-footed jammers were often hung up by the staunch defense of Team United, while the jammers from Iowa powered their way through the Finns walls. Team United overpowered Helsinki 206-155.

D1M: #6 Helsinki tackles #9 Ohio, 260-243

D1M: #6 Helsinki tackles #9 Ohio, 260-243 Image credit Quick'N'Derby, aka Ryan Quick

MADISON, WI – #6 Helsinki (WFTDA #24) woke up to the 10am game looking to establish dominance quick. While #9 Ohio Roller Derby (WFTDA #33) met them in battle with fire and determination in their eyes.

Yesterday, Helsinki found themselves in penalty trouble against Minnesota, sitting for 39 infractions – 17 of them awarded to jammers.

Ohio was obviously looking to capitalize on the Helsinki penchant for penalties in their game today. The team came out organized and on the same page, and looked unified in its efforts to funnel jammers to the outside line, where they were more likely to make a mistake. 

Ohio’s trouble today came in the form of mismatched strategies and a lack of teamwork on the floor. And Helsinki came away with the final win in this game, 260-243.

D1M: #4 Tampa topples #5 Team United, 190-97

D1M: #4 Tampa topples #5 Team United, 190-97 Photo Credit Steve Jurkovic

MADISON, WI – #5 Team United (#17 in WFTDA) has demonstrated their hunger to be a Top 20 team for the last two years. #4 Tampa (#15 in WFTDA) have been ‘playing the long game’ developing their league from the bottom up and creating a culture of excellence, which has shown in their gradual climb up the rankings in the past few years. (It would be a good time to note that Tampa’s B-Team will be debuting at the B-Team Championships in 2 weeks as the #4 seed as well).

D1M: #1 Gotham knocks the wind out of #8 Windy City, 491-13

D1M: #1 Gotham knocks the wind out of #8 Windy City, 491-13 Photo Credit Danforth Johnson

MADISON, WI – #1 seeded and ranked Gotham’s first game of the 2016 playoff season was an overwhelming show of force over the #8 Windy City Rollers.  Gotham controlled the game from the first jam with effortlessly fluid defensive cohesion and an assortment of dominant jamming performances.

D1M: #10 Mad Rollin’ Dolls tip #7 No Coast, 143-139

D1M: #10 Mad Rollin’ Dolls tip #7 No Coast, 143-139 Photo Credit Steve Jurkovic

MADISON, WI – Game 2 of the final D1 playoff in Madison featured hosts #10 Mad Rolling Dolls (Madison, WI) versus #7 No Coast Derby Girls (Lincoln, NE). The teams were fighting to advance to meet #2 Arch Rival in game 6.

The game was evenly matched in most jams with both squads favoring a 4-defender unit on the jam start, though the formations devolved after lead jammer was established and subsequently relied on one on one offense to cause chaos to release the second jammer.  With power jams ultimately deciding the contest in the first upset of the tournament, Madison took the win over No Coast, 143-139.