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D1M 3rd Place: #4 Montréal punches champs ticket over #3 Bay Area, 178-166

D1M 3rd Place: #4 Montréal punches champs ticket over #3 Bay Area, 178-166 Photo credit: Matthew Becker Photography.

MONTRÉAL, QC – The #3 seed Bay Area has been to the last four consecutive WFTDA Championships, while Montréal—and all Canadian teams—have never earned an invitation. In a situation familiar to the 2013 and 2015 New Skids, Montréal found themselves in the bronze medal game, but this time, in front of a home crowd. The game was tense and close throughout, but a smart New Skids side were able to take advantage of the final jam, earning the 178-166 win.

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo Credit: Donna Olmstead Photography.

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.

Full Metal Recap

Full Metal Recap Photo by Greg Garffer.
AUSTIN, TX- The Texas Rollergirls are proud to have recently hosted the first-ever North American B-Team Championship Tournament, called the Full Metal Bracket. The weekend of October 16th-18th at the Blood Shed in Austin, Texas, the top 10 B-teams in North America were invited based on their rankings on Flat Track Stats as of June 30th, 2015.

2015 WFTDA Champs Central

2015 WFTDA Champs Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

The 2015 WFTDA Championships have come and gone, and 12 Division 1 teams and 4 Division 2 teams are all gathered at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota to decide the Champions of each Division. If you need to catch up on how all the teams got there, read up on Kansas City and Demolition City’s history in Cleveland, or Nashville and Sacred City’s success in Detroit. Catch up on D1’s Victoria, Bay Area, and Arch Rival from Tucson; London, Jacksonville, and Denver from Jacksonville; Rose City, Texas, and Rat City from Dallas; and Gotham, Angel City, and Minnesota from Omaha.

D1 Champs: Bay Area gets Revenge on Denver, 179-148.

D1 Champs: Bay Area gets Revenge on Denver, 179-148. Photo credit Danforth Johnson

ST PAUL, MN – Denver started this game strong, and took full advantage of Bay Area’s tendency to get off to a slow start. Earning the first three lead calls, Denver opened up an early lead and relied on smart call offs to keep Bay Area off the scoreboard during those jams. After Bay Area took the lead, Denver was never able to reclaim it. Once Bay Area’s wall solidified its ground, their offense – something BAD has honed all season long – came to life as well.

Ultimately, despite a loss to Denver earlier this season, a combination of solid defense and well timed offense allowed Bay Area to pull ahead and take the win, 179-148 over Denver.