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2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168 Photo credit: Benma Photo.

PORTLAND, OR – The last time Gotham met Angel City was during last year’s Playoffs in Omaha, where Gotham won, 205-83. This time, the contest was much less one-sided. Angel City challenged Gotham’s lead throughout the game by exploiting the gaps on the inside line and effectively scrambling Gotham’s defense but was never able to overcome Gotham’s hold on the scoreboard. Gotham maintained their lead, at times tenuously, by coming together at crucial moments and locking down their defense and giving their own jammers a few extra moments to fight through the top of the pack for lead or to pick up points.

Overall Angel City had a higher lead percentage with 53.7% to Gotham’s 39% but per jam, Gotham averaged 4.8 points to ACDG’s 4.1 overall–which can be attributed to the number of points Gotham jammers stole when not lead. Gotham advances to the 6:30pm PDT semifinal against London with a victory over Angel City, 197-168.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116 Photo credit Regularman

PORTLAND, OR – After a hotly contested first twenty or so minutes of play, starting with what seemed like a solid lead claim from Montréal and then riddled with tense game lead switches, Angel City clamped down on defense, resulting in a widening lead differential for ACDG into the half-time break.

The second period was defined by Angel City’s blocking game, as they only occasionally allowed Montréal jammers to score, even with lead status, and ACDG added crucial offensive assists to get their jammers out and scoring rapidly. The team sailed in with a clear 217-116 win.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1 Photo credit: Phantom Photographics.

The 2016 WFTDA Championship tournament is taking place in Portland, Oregon and is hosted by reigning champions the Rose City Rollers. As a #1 seed for Division 1, they get a bye on Friday which means that all of the D1 #2 and #3 seeds battle it out on the first day for a spot in the quarter final round on Saturday. After the Division 2 semi-final games, D1 will start up and the first day is looking to be a series of good match ups.

D1V: #1 Victoria vanquishes #2 Angel City, 143-140

D1V: #1 Victoria vanquishes #2 Angel City, 143-140 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

VANCOUVER, BC- The first place game between #2 tournament seed Angel City and #1 Victoria, determining who will get a bye in Portland, OR at WFTDA Champs in November, was a rollercoaster of lead changes and penalties that came down to the very last jam.

Both teams had played impressively well throughout the weekend, to that point – including Angel City’s record setting high score against Sacred in the first day of play – which gave few indicators as to how this particular game might go down. The result was a game riddled with jammer penalties for Victoria, and showcasing the strong offense-defense switches of Angel City who held game lead for much of play, that ultimately came down to the final game minutes, when Victoria claimed victory.

Earlier in the season at the Big O, ACDG lost to VRDL 183-94, and though Victoria came out on top in this contest as well, it proved to be a very different game.  Victoria pulled out this win in the final jam, to take 1st place at the 2016 D1 International WFTDA Vancouver Playoffs, ultimately defeating Angel City, 143-140.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

We are now entering weekend number five for WFTDA Playoffs, and the third Division 1 tournament. Half of the D1 Championships bracket is already filled out, and the top three finishers of this weekend will join London, Texas, Montréal, Rose City, Denver, and Jacksonville in Portland this November. If you want to see how those teams punched their tickets, read up on the games from Montréal and Columbia.

To read more about the ten teams attending the Playoff tournament this weekend browse our Vancouver preview.