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2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The next ten WFTDA Division 1 teams will battle it this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, September 9th-11th. The top three finishing teams will join London, Texas, and Montréal in Portland this November to fight for the Hydra. This weekend will be the Playoff debut for Rainy City and Ann Arbor and you can read more about all the teams participating with our Columbia preview.

D1C: #10 Steel City irons #9 Ann Arbor, 258-205

D1C: #10 Steel City irons #9 Ann Arbor, 258-205 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC – In a scrappy fight for the 9th place slot, Ann Arbor Derby Dimes and Steel City Roller Derby duked it out in a highly physical contest.  Ann Arbor came into the tournament seeded 9th and were looking to secure their seeding entry with this game against Steel City, even as the Steel Hurtin’ squad were keenly looking to move on up through their entry bracket placement with this game.

Eventually the weekend of play came to a close for the teams with Ann Arbor closing the docks to Steel City’s heavy delivery of points, 258-205.

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz boardwalks over #9 Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, 216-107

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz boardwalks over #9 Ann Arbor Derby Dimes, 216-107 Photo by Tsunami Photography

COLUMBIA, NC – Staying true to seeding, the #6 Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells scratched #9 Ann Arbor’s Brawl Stars off the consolation bracket in order to advance to Game 10 against Rainy City Roller Derby later today at 4pm EDT. Ann Arbor Derby Dimes came in ranked 34th in the WFTDA with Santa Cruz  at 23rd. Twelve scoreless jams in the first half really put the brakes to the Brawl Stars’ momentum, allowing a win for Santa Cruz 216 to 107 in the early morning game for Day 2.

D1C: #8 Columbia sneaks up on #9 Ann Arbor, 149-145

D1C: #8 Columbia sneaks up on #9 Ann Arbor, 149-145 Photo credit Tsunami Photography

COLUMBIA, SC – Looking at the stats, it seems clear as to how and why the momentum switched from #9 Ann Arbor to #8 Columbia from the first half to the second; jammer penalties.

Tournament host Columbia gave up seven power jams in the first half, which let Ann Arbor hold the lead at the break, 88-47. The A2D2 Brawlstars went on to struggle with penalties in the second half, but when everyone was on the track, it was a slow moving defensive game on both sides.

Playoff newcomers Ann Arbor proved their presence in this D1 Playoff with strong defensive triangle walls, and a commitment to play offense for their jammers. Averaging 20 blocker penalties per game in the regular season, Ann Arbor’s penalties unraveled in the second half and the QuadSquad took hold of the game and chipped away from then on to take the game by just four points in the final jam, 149-145.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Preview

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

The first weekend of Division 1 Playoffs in Montréal has set the bar high for the remaining D1 tournaments, and this coming weekend in Columbia looks like it will follow suit. Nearly half the games last weekend were won by an average of ten points, and five of the games were seeding upsets, which gives us a lot to look forward to.

This will be the post season debut for Rainy City and Ann Arbor, as they hit WFTDA playoffs for the first time, and the 2015 WFTDA Champs Rose City Rollers will top off the bracket. The top three finishers from this weekend will join London, Texas, and Montreal in Portland this November.