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2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Tucson Central

2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Tucson Central Photo by Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography

The first of Division 1 playoffs takes place in Tucson Arizona, hosted by Tucson Roller Derby. 10 teams will hit the track to battle for the top 3 spots that will head to Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. Return here all weekend long for your central update for scores, links to game recaps, and more. To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

D1T 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival Outrivals #4 Rocky Mountain, 224-185

D1T 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival Outrivals #4 Rocky Mountain, 224-185 Photo by Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

TUCSON, AZ – This was a game ultimately decided by the high numbers of jammer penalties, like many of the games this weekend, and resulting power jam control of the scoring handing Rocky a slim extra few opportunities that they quickly added up in the first half. The second suddenly turned in Arch Rival’s favor, as they clamped down on their penalties and pushed Rocky into more, claiming more leads and regular double digit additions to prove their seeding for the tournament and take 3rd place and a first time ticket to Champs, 224-185.

D1T: # 2 Bay Area turns #3 Arch Rival into Gold Dust, 163-103

D1T: # 2 Bay Area turns #3 Arch Rival into Gold Dust, 163-103 Photo by Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

TUCSON, AZ- Habitually Bay Area takes a few jams—and sometimes minutes—to warm up their walls and lock the opposing jammers down, but not today. In Game 9, the game to decide who will qualify for champs and who will need to fight for 3rd, #2 Bay Area took early control of the game with a run of lead calls. They won 163-103 over #3 Arch Rival.

D1T: #3 Arch Rival (#11) Divides #6 Des Moines (#22), 241-76

D1T: #3 Arch Rival (#11) Divides #6 Des Moines (#22), 241-76 Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

TUCSON, AZ- Game 3 was slated to be an exciting match up, with the up and coming #6 Des Moines United taking on #3 Arch Rival 4 months after ARRG beat them by just 38 points. Few had gotten that close to the St. Louis team who has dominated their 2015 season with a 13-1 sanctioned record. Des Moines was looking to come out strong in their first tournament, but struggled to put up the points they needed to keep up with Arch Rival.

Arch Rival’s consistent game and penalty control helped them take advantage of the penalty heavy United team, taking the win 241-76, advancing them to the semi-final round, and the furthest ARRG has gotten in post-season play.

WFTDA D1 Preview: Tucson

WFTDA D1 Preview: Tucson Photo credit Danny Ngan. Prints and high-resolution downloads are available for purchase at http://photography.dannyngan.com/thebigo2015.

With both Division 2 playoff tournaments now in the bag, and the top contenders have earned their spot in St. Paul, MN for Championships, it’s time to turn our collective minds towards the Division 1 teams gathering in Tucson, AZ. This is the first of  the four weekend tournaments through October 4th, and from each D1 playoff the top three teams make it to Minnesota in November.

In this tournament, eyes will likely be on the first of the teams from outside the United States currently ranked in the top twelve by the WFTDA – 1st tournament seed, and 3rd-ranked, Victoria. 2nd seeded Bay Area will also be one to watch, as some would claim that movement from their#2 overall WFTDA ranking to current #6 might mean that their star is falling. In any case, with only the top three making it through to Champs, as per usual the most hard-fought game may well be the 3rd placer on Sunday at 4pm (MST). Otherwise it could be any of the games for teams on the rise and fall this long weekend, as they try to make a statement on the track when it matters most.

Read up on how each team has done so far this season, and then catch all the match-ups this weekend on WFTDA.tv. You can also listen to Episode 6 of Derbyface to hear Winter, Nox, and Deadwards make picks for this weekend’s bracket.