2016 WFTDA D1 Championships

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #48 Calgary takes 3rd over #52 Charlottesville, 252-197

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #48 Calgary takes 3rd over #52 Charlottesville, 252-197 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

PORTLAND, OR – In the fight for third place in the WFTDA D2 Championships, the game started with Calgary being visibly determined to take the game and go home with a medal. Calgary started strong by taking lead status and adding double digit points accordingly. Charlottesville was keen to reply, and made the Canadians work for their upwards momentum, slowing the pace of scoring.

By the second game half, the differential was starting to narrow, but not rapidly enough for Charlottesville to mount an effective comeback. Calgary wasn’t prepared to accept that narrowing and took advantage of the temporarily reduced roster after two injuries for Charlottesville to push back up and clinch the game by refusing to give up. The final score of 252-197 gave Calgary the game and the third place position for D2.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168 Photo credit: Benma Photo.

PORTLAND, OR – The last time Gotham met Angel City was during last year’s Playoffs in Omaha, where Gotham won, 205-83. This time, the contest was much less one-sided. Angel City challenged Gotham’s lead throughout the game by exploiting the gaps on the inside line and effectively scrambling Gotham’s defense but was never able to overcome Gotham’s hold on the scoreboard. Gotham maintained their lead, at times tenuously, by coming together at crucial moments and locking down their defense and giving their own jammers a few extra moments to fight through the top of the pack for lead or to pick up points.

Overall Angel City had a higher lead percentage with 53.7% to Gotham’s 39% but per jam, Gotham averaged 4.8 points to ACDG’s 4.1 overall–which can be attributed to the number of points Gotham jammers stole when not lead. Gotham advances to the 6:30pm PDT semifinal against London with a victory over Angel City, 197-168.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116 Photo credit Regularman

PORTLAND, OR – After a hotly contested first twenty or so minutes of play, starting with what seemed like a solid lead claim from Montréal and then riddled with tense game lead switches, Angel City clamped down on defense, resulting in a widening lead differential for ACDG into the half-time break.

The second period was defined by Angel City’s blocking game, as they only occasionally allowed Montréal jammers to score, even with lead status, and ACDG added crucial offensive assists to get their jammers out and scoring rapidly. The team sailed in with a clear 217-116 win.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 Arch Rival grounds #7 Denver, 177-165

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 Arch Rival grounds #7 Denver, 177-165 Photo Credit Danforth Johnson

The first Division 1 contest of the 2016 International WFTDA Championships in Portland, OR brought together the Denver Roller Derby Mile High Club of Denver, CO (7th in WFTDA) and the Arch Rival Roller Derby All-Stars of St. Louis, MO. While Arch Rival came in one position below Denver, they won in a tight 3 point game at this year’s Sibling Rivalry. Arch Rival would go on to repeat the close win 177 to 165 sending Denver home.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 2

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

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.