Auld Reekie Roller Girls

#5 Oklahoma Victory Dolls clobber #1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls, 251-131

#5 Oklahoma Victory Dolls clobber #1 Auld Reekie Roller Girls, 251-131 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

In the 11th game of this weekend’s D2 tournament, #1 seed Auld Reekie Roller Girls took on the #5 seed Oklahoma Victory Dolls. Auld Reekie lost their first game of the day to #16 seed Dublin Roller Derby 200-183, and Oklahoma was also coming off of a 235-174 loss to Naptown Roller Derby earlier in the day. While both teams came out of the gate looking evenly matched and equally focused on securing the win, Oklahoma’s jamming skills ultimately led them to a 257-131 victory over Auld Reekie.

#16 Dublin fights past #1 Auld Reekie, 200-183

#16 Dublin fights past #1 Auld Reekie, 200-183 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

The first game of the weekend was between two newcomers to the WFTDA tournament scene this year, #41-ranked Auld Reekie and #58 Dublin. This game between the top and bottom seed proved to be much closer than one might have predicted, and a tough battle to the very end.

Auld Reekie set the tone with the first six lead statuses of seven, and the ability to lock down their defense. Dublin took hold of the second half, and as jammer penalties racked up for Auld Reekie, the Irish underdogs held on for a 200-183 victory.

The 2016 Big O WFTDA Review, Part Deux

The 2016 Big O WFTDA Review, Part Deux Photo credit: Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography

EUGENE, OR – As mentioned in the WFTDA Review Part 1, the Big O was the first chance this season for many teams to test their tournament endurance, use newer lineups, and fine tune some strategies. For six of the teams in this part of our review however, they had already hit the track prior to the Big O, so this was more of a progress report for them in 2016 as the end of June and the tournament cut off period nears.

The Big O Preview: Part 2 WFTDA Continued

The Big O Preview: Part 2 WFTDA Continued Rocky Mountain vs Des Moines United, April 10th. Photo Credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

In Part 1 of our Big O Preview, we highlighted the first 9 WFTDA teams attending this weekend, and in Part 2 we will talk about the next 8 WFTDA teams. With teams #2-#62 invited, this tournament will host a range of talent from both Division 1 and Division 2, giving us the first glimpse of many of these leagues and where they stand this season. We will also have a preview of the MRDA teams attending by Muckety Muck, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

This WFTDA Recognized Tournament will air on WFTDA.tv, with the exception of 2 games on Saturday night that will be broadcast on ESPN3, like the final day of WFTDA Championships was last fall. Check back to our Big O Central page (coming soon) for scores, recaps, and more. Follow us on Twitter (@CentralDerby) and Instagram (@DerbyCentral) for updates as the weekend progresses as well.

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo Credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

The WFTDA had released its first rankings update since Championships, and as of November 30th, 2015 it’s not really surprising that Gotham is still #1 even though they suffered their first loss in 5 years at the hands of Rose City. Since a team’s ranking is comprised of an average of points earned from 12 months of games, things can take awhile to change as more games are played. (For more information, go here for the rankings white papers.)

Here are some highlights of where things lay now in the top 100 ranked teams compared to January.