Angel City Derby

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City brings it home against #18 Rat City, 219-94

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City brings it home against #18 Rat City, 219-94 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – At the Division 1 Playoff in Seattle, #4 Angel City met #18 Rat City and took an 82 point victory. While the last time Rat City took a win against Angel City, it was in Portland at the 2016 Hometown Throwdown and only by a slim 6 point margin, so the skaters from Seattle knew they had their work ahead of them to beat the odds.

In a game that many people believed was going to be a runaway victory for Angel City, but Rat was able to keep composed for most of the game, finally losing a grasp on their control and losing to the Hollywood Scarlets, 219-94.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 Denver levitates past #4 Angel City, 196-165

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #5 Denver levitates past #4 Angel City, 196-165 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Friday night’s showdown between Denver and Angel City seemed, at times, to be a clash between quantity and quality. The relatively penalty-averse Mile High Club would slowly and steadily extend its modest lead with dynamic defensive structures and well-timed jammer call-offs, and then the Hollywood Scarlets would explode for multiple passes, riding Denver’s bumper so closely you’d think they were driving under the speed limit in the left lane.

Angel City seemed poised to take control of the game in the second half, twice briefly stealing the lead from Denver and extending that lead to 19 points by picking up lead jammer eight times in a row late in the period. But Scald Eagle, after an unassuming 28-point first half, seemed unstoppable in the clutch, putting up 92 of Denver’s 113 second half points and capping the game by providing 60 points to Denver’s commanding 73-23 run in the last five jams of the game. Denver took a final 196-165 victory, and earned the chance to take on Victorian Roller Derby League Saturday at 6pm for a shot at the championship game.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second game of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships promised to be, if nothing else, nothing less than brutal with their slow and grinding play. Both Angel City (#4) and Minnesota (#16) are known for the punishment they subject their opponents to.

In the end, Angel City left with the win, 281-144, after carefully controlling most of the game and using the stickiness of their blocking to full advantage.

D1S: #2 Angel City rises past #6 Rat City, 224-142

D1S: #2 Angel City rises past #6 Rat City, 224-142 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – These two west coast teams have met six times in the past with a 3-3 split result. The last time they played was at Division 1 Playoffs last year in Vancouver where Angel City beat Rat City 256-64. This weekend, Rat City had the benefit of being the home team and showed some firepower already this weekend when they took down #3 seed Jacksonville by 16 points.

This was an aggressive, well-matched game with both teams playing explosive offense and blockers who had key knockouts at the right moment. Despite picking up 15 more total penalties, their ability to reform and quickly change from offense to defense gave Angel City the edge they needed to defeat Rat City 224-142.

D1S: #2 Angel City takes down #7 Tampa, 287-87

D1S: #2 Angel City takes down #7 Tampa, 287-87 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – The quarter finals started off with #2 Angel City facing #7 Tampa Roller Derby. The new playoff structure makes it very easy for the 1-4 seeds to get into championships, having to now only win one game to a significantly lower see to earn a berth. Though Tampa-sized, the flamingos of Florida were not going to let the Sequoias win without a valiant fight.

The odds were high in Angel’s favor. Their season has been stacked with difficult opponents and they’ve only fallen to Rose City and Victoria. Tampa has been finding their groove this season. A 3-point loss to Rat City at Tiny Tourney was followed by larger losses to Philly and Montreal. Since last playoffs, eight players have been moved up from the Tampa Bruise Crew, their B-team. Angel is known for their brutalizing defense, and Tampa is known for controlled gameplay; the divergent approaches to the game made it an interesting match-up to watch.