Atlanta Rollergirls

D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143

D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

DALLAS, TX – The #5 Atlanta Rollergirls certainly did not want to find themselves in the 2pm game Sunday, but after suffering a heartbreaking 2-point loss to #4 Minnesota, the Dirty South found themselves matched up against #11 Houston Roller Derby. The rankings spread on this game was huge; Atlanta came in as the #13 team in the WFTDA, and Houston #36, so the game was predicted to be a blowout, but Houston did not just roll over for the Georgians, although lost 323-143.

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – An intense quarterfinal matchup between #11-ranked Minnesota and #13 Atlanta took place first thing Saturday morning, with one of the last few spots at Championships at stake. A close, back and forth game was decided in the final jam as Minnesota’s jammer broke free for lead status and called off the jam 0-0, holding the final score at 146-144 in Minnesota’s favor.

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – The new 12-team structure at Division 1 playoffs is lending itself to a couple of large margin games on day one. The first of the Dallas tournament was #5 Atlanta Rollergirls (#13 in WFTDA rankings) versus #12 Wasatch Roller Derby (#40 in WFTDA rankings). The resulting game was probably exactly as you would expect: excellent work from both teams, but one team simply dominated.

Wasatch jammers #8 Sookie Slaphouse and #00 Carpe Jugulum demonstrated impressive footwork and body maneuvers to get through the Atlanta blockers. Atlanta is known for their defensive structure’s uncompromising power from vets #21 Blaque Jac and #76 Queen Loseyateefa. Although Wasatch only put up one point in the first seven jams, it speaks volumes of their jammers and offensive switch to say that Atlanta only scored an average of 3.4 points per JAM in those first seven. Atlanta still ran away with the score, however, and took the win 415-68.

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: #2 Jacksonville takes #4 Atlanta, 170-131

D1C: #2 Jacksonville takes #4 Atlanta, 170-131 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC – When these two teams met back in March, Jacksonville won 231-91. At the 2016 D1 International Playoffs after a back and forth game with 3 lead changes, Jacksonville won less decisively, 170-131, and left with a seeding deficit, sliding to #3 place from #2 tournament entry, but still confirming their place at Champs this year ahead of #4 Atlanta, who left at the position they entered.