Arch Rival Roller Derby

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival wears out #12 Crime City, 220-160

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival wears out #12 Crime City, 220-160 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA –  #7 Arch Rival and #12 Crime City met nine months ago on the floor of The Big O. Crime ran into penalty trouble throughout and generally had trouble countering the power of Arch Rival’s defense. In the last consolation game of Champs weekend, many people were expecting Crime to perform, but ARCH was able to clamp down a victory early.

Crime City proved to never count out the underdog, despite the loss, they didn’t go down without a fight, having gained the momentum several times. Bettering their differential from the last time they met, Crime City fell to the Arch Rival All-Stars, 220-160.

2017 WFTDA Champs: #2 Rose City clamps down #7 Arch Rival for a win, 237-109

2017 WFTDA Champs: #2 Rose City clamps down #7 Arch Rival for a win, 237-109 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Rose City earned a bye and had plenty to prove as they entered this tournament without the number one ranking, despite being victors last Championships. Arch Rival still continues to benefit from their transfers, with the rest of their team playing up and solidifying behind them, and keen to prove themselves, they were fresh from their victory over London on Friday and hoping to take Rose City on the same steam.

After a game filled with the steely control of Rose City, and few chances for points additions for Arch Rival beyond their initial few jams, Rose City cruise controlled into a win, even with a final quarter fight from Arch Rival.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival stymies #8 London, 225-82

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival stymies #8 London, 225-82 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Game 3 ended up a bit more lopsided than the rankings would have anticipated as #7 Arch Rival sought to avenge last year’s 197-94 Championship loss to now #8 London Brawling. ARCH’s 72.2 lead jammer percentage gave them a strong head start to lead 110-38 going into halftime. Both teams used up to five jammers but had to shorten their rotations due to different reasons.

Arch Rival got fewer penalties in the whole game than London did in the first half, which helped them maintain control of the game from start to finish. They did a good job taming Rogue Runner’s footwork, keeping her to just 14 points overall, eventually leading to a St. Louis victory, 225-82.

D1D 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival bests #4 Minnesota, 186-91

D1D 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival bests #4 Minnesota, 186-91 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – After Minnesota’s thrilling two-point finish against #5 seed Atlanta on Saturday, they slogged through a second bout later that day against #1 Victoria, losing 329-36. Meeting them in the 3rd place game, Arch Rival had a solid 339-123 victory against #6 seed Queen City, and then messed with Texas and fell 209-119.

This game was a highly anticipated matchup between two midwest teams who knew each other very well, even trading players over the years. Last year it was a semifinal Playoff game that pitted them against each other, and it was Minnesota who won, 174-155. Both teams were out key jammers this game and were forced to make adjustments, but Arch Rival’s cleaner game helped lead them to a 186-91 victory and a bronze medal.

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The final Championship Qualifying game of the 2017 WFTDA Playoff season saw Queen City go into pre-emptive damage control mode in an attempt to limit Arch Rival’s score margin. Arch Rival’s superior cohesion and deep jammer rotation won the day, however, giving Arch Rival a 339-123 victory and ensuring their spot at Championships in November.