2017 D1 Playoffs

D1M: #3 London squeezes past #6 Rainy City, 124-119

D1M: #3 London squeezes past #6 Rainy City, 124-119 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN – The first game of Day 2 saw #6 Rainy City rise up against #3 London Brawling, the winner to advance to Championships, and take on the winner of #2 Denver Roller Derby v #7 Stockholm Roller Derby at 8pm CEST later today.

The game was defined by slow pushing braced walls that often separated into two distinct formations often linked by a Rainy City bridge, that would at times break off either to provide much-needed offense or offer additional support to Rainy City’s wall. For the majority of the game, Rainy City commanded the lead, even if only by a few points. Halfway through the second half, London was able to take advantage of Rainy City’s blocker penalties to build momentum and take the lead, ending the game on top, 124-119.

D1S: #2 Rose City rolls over #14 Montréal, 204-98

D1S: #2 Rose City rolls over #14 Montréal, 204-98 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – Both #1 Rose City and #5 Montréal came into Saturday’s headline matchup looking to continue their winning streak, each team with only one early-season loss on their 2017 record. Montréal made Rose City fight for every point, but Portland’s Wheels of Justice ended up taking a hard-fought victory to a berth in Sunday’s championship game with a final score of 204-98.

D1S: #1 Rose City stops #8 2×4 Roller Derby, 360-80

D1S: #1 Rose City stops #8 2×4 Roller Derby, 360-80 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – 2×4 Roller Derby played a strong game against Windy City the day before and won their first game at their WFTDA Playoff debut, an exciting goal to achieve. However, they were rewarded with a game against Rose City, the current two-time Champions and #1 seed in this bracket. 2×4 Team Osom found themselves on the flip side of the coin today, forced to pass the star and run long jams in order to cut into the strong grasp of the game Rose City held.

2×4’s strategies made some impact as the game went on and they reduced the Wheels of Justice’s 82% lead status to under 70% in the second half. They also not only got fewer penalties than Rose City, they have continued to clean up their game, getting just 23 total compared to 30 yesterday against Windy City. They weren’t going to keep up with Rose City’s strong game, but every victory and success on the track was a win for them and got full support from the crowd. After the Wheels of Justice racked up a 79-0 lead in the first 15 minutes, Team Osom was able to get on the board but lost  360-80.

D1S: #5 Montréal beats Charlottesville, 486 -144

D1S: #5 Montréal beats Charlottesville, 486 -144 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/
SEATTLE, WA — In the third game of a so-far-rankings-true Division 1 Playoffs, #12 Charlottesville came in against the #5 Montréal New Skids on the Block. Charlottesville is no stranger to coming to D1s low. Over the last few years they have been one of the cusp teams that bounces between the two divisions, making a strong impression at Jacksonville D1 playoffs in 2015, and then finishing in 4th place at the 2016 D2 Championships.