2016 WFTDA D2 Championships

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Brandywine vs Charlottesville

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Brandywine vs Charlottesville Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography.

The 2016 WFTDA Championships in Portland, Oregon will kick off with the Division 2 portion of the weekend, which consists of the top two teams from both D2 Playoff brackets. The first place winners of each Playoff tournament will take on the second place finishers of the opposite bracket and the winners will advance to the Championship game on Sunday while the other two teams will play for third place.

The first D2 match up will be between Brandywine Roller Derby and the Charlottesville Derby Dames, both making their first trip to WFTDA Champs. Brandywine has been competing in Division 2 Playoffs since 2014, entering their first two seasons as a #10 seed, and then getting a #4 spot this year. Charlottesville qualified for Playoffs the first time as a #10 seed in Division 1 last year, and then as a #7 seed in Division 2 this season. This matchup will bring together a disciplined Brandywine, who sticks to a strict jammer rotation, and a more relaxed Charlottesville squad that can throw nearly anyone in the star.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge Photo credit: Joe Mac.

This will be the fourth year that the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association has used Divisions for tournament play, giving teams ranked lower in the spectrum a chance to play for medals. The top seed from each Division 2 Playoff will take on the second seed from the opposite Playoff bracket on Friday morning, and the winners will play for 1st and 2nd place on Sunday, with the remaining two teams battling for 3rd place.

Calgary Roller Derby Association and the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will help kick off the 2016 Championships in Portland, Oregon. This is the first season that Calgary has qualified for WFTDA tournaments at all, while Blue Ridge has participated at Playoffs for both Divisions, and so far will be the only team to make a second trip to Championships for D2. These teams have a similar style on the track, so depending on how they’ve spent the months between Playoffs and Champs will make all the difference.