2017 WFTDA Playoffs

D1M: #8 Detroit stops #10 Terminal City, 257-181

D1M: #8 Detroit stops #10 Terminal City, 257-181 Photo Credit Peter Troest

MALMO, SWEDEN – Detroit started off this game strong with smooth jamming up the outside lines, and strong defense that resulted in a dominant first half.

In the second half, Terminal City was able to earn lead status roughly half of the time, which helped combat some blocker penalties that began to take their on the team toll late in the game.

Despite the penalty trouble, Terminal City did mount a comeback attempt in the last third of the second half, but it came too late to surpass the early lead Detroit built. In the end, Detroit carried the win, 257 – 181.

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.

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Middlesbrough Roller Derby

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Middlesbrough Roller Derby Photo credit: NSP 189 Photography. facebook.com/pg/nsp189

This year there was a bigger influx of leagues outside the United States that got their first invite to WFTDA Playoffs. Middlesbrough Roller Derby was one of those seven invited teams.

Despite being a small league and having to deal with the ranking roadblocks that come with being located in UK, the team has carved a path up the ranks to make it to Division 2 Playoffs this year. Here’s a quick look at who Middlesbrough is, and how their journey has led them to Pittsburgh later this month.

2017 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding

2017 WFTDA June Rankings and Tournament Seeding Photo credit: Preflash Gordon.

The 2017 WFTDA Tournament placement day is here, and with it came a few surprises. When WFTDA released the locations and dates for this year’s tournaments, they also announced a new structure to Playoffs and Championships. This is the first time we get to see brackets for the new arrangement, and with some teams missing out on the action this season, five teams below the cutoff got invites to participate at Playoffs. Read on to see how the WFTDA sorting hat placed teams this year, and where to catch your favorites.