Ann Arbor Derby Dimes

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: #7 Tampa topples #10 Ann Arbor, 280-99

D1S: #7 Tampa topples #10 Ann Arbor, 280-99 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/derby/

The first game of the WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs was between the #7 seed Tampa and #10 seed Ann Arbor. The Tampa Tantrums dominated this game from start to finish with 62% lead status overall along with Winters and Smooth Operator getting 76 and 75 points respectively out of a five jammer rotation.

The Ann Arbor Brawlstars never quit and were able to find more scoring momentum, but their transitional game between offense and defense hurt them. Unable to fully capitalize on power jam opportunities, Ann Arbor lost to Tampa 280-99.

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.

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.