2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs

D1M: #1 London walks over #9 Detroit, 384-77

D1M: #1 London walks over #9 Detroit, 384-77 Photo credit Matthew Becker

MONTRÉAL, QC – #1 seed London, ranked #3 overall, dominated the #9 seed Detroit, #35 overall, in a swift victory, 387-77. These two teams met earlier this season at The European Smackdown with similar results where London won 345-79.

D1M: #2 Texas tramples #10 Rocky Mountain, 391-32

D1M: #2 Texas tramples #10 Rocky Mountain, 391-32 Photo credit Matthew Becker

MONTRÉAL, QC – #10 seed Rocky Mountain’s slim 155-151 win against #7 Kallio in the morning pitted the 5280 Fight Club against a fresh #2 seed Texas team. From opposite ends of the bracket, this meant that the #38 WFTDA ranked RMRG was taking on the #6-ranked Texacutioners, and unfortunately for Rocky, this rankings gap showed in the score.

Holding them scoreless for nearly the entire first half, Texas’s consistent lead status and onslaught of scoring was interrupted in the final minutes of the game when Fiona Grapple finally got Rocky Mountain on the board with three points. With a more successful second half, they were able to add in a few more scoring jams, but Texas took a dominate win, 391-32.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Madison Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Madison Central Photo credit: Sean Hale.

The final 2016 International WFTDA Playoff tournament in Madison, Wisconsin will decide the final three Division 1 teams that will attend Championships along with London, Texas, and Montréal from D1 Montréal; Rose City, Denver, and Jacksonville from D1 Columbia; and Victoria, Angel City, and Rat City from D1 Vancouver. After the award ceremony on Sunday, WFTDA will also announce seeding for the Champs bracket in Portland, Oregon this November.

D1M: #1 Gotham trounces #3 Minnesota, 326-71

D1M: #1 Gotham trounces #3 Minnesota, 326-71 Photo credit Marko Niemela

MADISON, WI – With a nearly six-year history of winning games to boast of – save that single Championship game last year against winners Rose City – Gotham has continued to be the kind of powerhouse team that no one actually expected might be taken down at Playoffs.

The 3rd place game of WFTDA Playoff tournaments usually gets most of the anxious focus of fans since it’s the game that decides the third entrant to Champs. It must not be forgotten however, that the 1st place game determines which team wins the coveted Champs bye entrance, and an easier path in the final bracket. So both Gotham and Minnesota played the final game accordingly, with defensive formations in high alert mode, but the beehive ultimately took home the gold for Gotham, 326-71.

D1M: #2 Arch Rival overtakes #4 Tampa, 149-131

D1M: #2 Arch Rival overtakes #4 Tampa, 149-131 Photo Credit Steve Jurkovic

MADISON, WI – The battle for third place turned out to be a hard-fought nail-biter with multiple lead changes between two supremely evenly matched teams, but #2 Arch Rival clawed back from an early deficit to eke out a win, 149-131. Both teams’ strong defensive formations proved difficult for the opposing jammers, with braced formations resisting head on challenges and anticipating lateral attacks. Each team proved resilient to their opponents offensive challenges, enduring interruptions and containing their opponents for long stretches of time.