2×4 Roller Derby

D1S: #8 2×4 muscles past #10 Ann Arbor, 255-105

D1S: #8 2×4 muscles past #10 Ann Arbor, 255-105 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – In their first WFTDA Playoff tournament, #24-ranked 2×4 Roller Derby got to play three different kinds of games this weekend. Their first was a close game against #9 seed Windy City – a battle that got revenge for 2×4 over their previous much larger loss against the team. Next, they were pitted against the #1 seed and current Hydra holder, the Rose City Rollers. The team were outmatched against the Wheels of Justice, but used every tool in their toolbox and star passed their way to a valiant loss against a hard opponent.

Today the team took on #10 seed Ann Arbor in a consolation game, and dominated the Michigan team from start to finish,  wrapping up their weekend with a 150-point win. Ann Arbor had only one game previously in the weekend – a 280-99 loss to Tampa on Friday – with a day off in between to prepare for this game. Penalties set Ann Arbor behind from the start, and after giving 2×4 everything they had, the team managed to break 100 points this time, with a 255-105 loss to Team Osom.

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: #8 2×4 takes revenge on #9 Windy City, 178-135

D1S: #8 2×4 takes revenge on #9 Windy City, 178-135 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – Meeting up for the second time in the Pacific Northwest, #24-ranked 2×4 Roller Derby got a rematch against #28 Windy City after a five-point loss to WCR in May at the Big O. Both squads came with a different roster, but adjustments on each side kept it an interesting game and the closest of the weekend so far.

Despite only skating with nine, 2×4 started with a much cleaner game, just ten penalties this time compared to the 29 first half penalties they earned last time, and only gave up three power jams in total. Windy City was cleaner overall but had nine jammer penalties and although struggled to earn lead status, made the most of it when they did. 2×4’s lateral coverage and consistent offense carried them through to the end this time, taking the win 178-135.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

September 1st through the 3rd will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Tournament season in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. After the massive 30-game tournament that was Division 2 two weeks ago, this weekend will conclude after 16 games played by 12 teams. While overall D1 was reduced to three brackets, each was expanded by two more teams which will mean that some teams will only end up playing two games this year.

While perhaps a little more predictable, Division 1 tournaments consist of the top teams in WFTDA, and as the sport grows, there’s always room for surprises. This year, the top four teams will make it out of the weekend alive and attend Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch this tournament on WFTDA.tv and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.