D1T 1st Place: #1 Victoria Takes Gold From #2 Bay Area, 151-107

D1T 1st Place: #1 Victoria Takes Gold From #2 Bay Area, 151-107 Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

TUCSON, AZ – The two top seeds of the Division 1 Tucson bracket met up for the final game on Sunday, and after the first quarter of the game stayed fairly close, #1 Victorian Roller Derby League pulled away from #2 B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls. With only 39 jams in this game, the second half saw long, laborious jams once both teams got ahold of some of their penalties. But Victoria dominated lead calls in a low scoring second half.

Despite a tighter jammer rotation, more penalties, and a short bench, Victoria still held on tightly with their braced defense, taking 1st place in the first D1 weekend, 151-107.

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.

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.

Hometown Throwdown: Day 1

Hometown Throwdown: Day 1 Photo credit Bill Zingraf aka Regularman Photography (http://www.regularmanphotography.com/)

PORTLAND, OR — Day 1 of Hometown Throwdown, a three day tournament, featuring Bay Area Derby Girls, Terminal City Rollergirls, Denver Roller Derby, and the host team, the Rose City Rollers, took place last night.

The tournament kicked off with Bay Area versus Terminal City followed by an exciting game between Rose City and Denver. While all teams are safely in Division 1, this tournament will be important for seeding come playoffs. Bay Area looked to find their stride after a disappointing showing at the Big O in Eugene, OR earlier in the season while Rose City aimed to continue their upwards momentum from last season at champs and the Big O.