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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.

United Nations of Derby

The London Rollergirls will be stateside for the second annual Pac Destruction on June 13th and 14th, but since they are coming a week early, they will spend some time in Oakland, California with the B.ay A.rea D.erby Girls.

The two leagues are joining forces and talents to put on a three-day boot camp for a range of skills levels, with classes for things on and off the track. It seems like there are always a boot camp or two going on, but this one involves two countries, over 20 coaches, and a lot of knowledge.

As if you need another reason to check it out, here’s a preview of skills by the London Rollergirls.

2014 WFTDA Champs: Bay Area Derby Girls Squash London Rollergirls 238 – 148

2014 WFTDA Champs: Bay Area Derby Girls Squash London Rollergirls 238 – 148 Photo by Danforth Johnson

NASHVILLE, TN – Bay Area Derby Girls All-Stars (#3) and the London Rollergirls London Brawling (#6) battled for 3rd place in the second to last game of the 2014 season. While London put forth a solid effort and was able to find cracks in B.A.D.’s armor, Bay Area dominated the entire game, taking control from the first jam and refusing to relinquish control until the clock expired. Bay Area crushed London, 238 – 148 and will take home the bronze.

2014 WFTDA Champs: Rose City Wheels of Justice roll over Bay Area, 187 -116

2014 WFTDA Champs: Rose City Wheels of Justice roll over Bay Area, 187 -116 Photo by Donna Olmstead

NASHVILLE, TN – Game 9 at the 2014 International WFTDA Championships was a match-up between Bay Area and Rose City for the right to advance to the championship game, Sunday at 6pm CDT. It was a fierce battle between the #2 and #3 ranked teams in the WFTDA, with Rose occupying the higher spot. Rose showed their strength right off the bat, while B.A.D. struggled throughout the game to gain momentum. Bay Area’s usually unassailable defense could not find an answer to Loren Mutch and Scald Eagle’s aggressive jamming style. Rose City laid down the law, dominating the entire game and emerged victorious against Bay Area 187 – 116.

2014 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview, Bay Area Derby Girls

2014 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview, Bay Area Derby Girls Bay Area Derby Girls at Rollercon this year. Photo by Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign, www.myderbyphotos.com

Bay Area Derby Girls come into this year’s Championships hungry. Last year, the team in black and gold found themselves on the same side of the championship bracket as Gotham, and met them in the semi-finals. Despite putting up a fight right down until the final whistle, Bay Area found themselves in the third place playoff, losing to Gotham by 49 points but going on to beat Denver by 50. They start this weekend with a bye, and play the winner of Denver vs. Philly on Saturday at 10am CDT*.