Blue Ridge Rollergirls

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes 1st over #50 Brandywine, 257-188

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes 1st over #50 Brandywine, 257-188 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – The 2016 D2 Championship featured a rematch from Playoffs of #43 Blue Ridge against #50 Brandywine, in a game that would be decided by penalties, and result in an eventual strong win by the hands of Blue Ridge. Despite a strong start by Brandywine, Blue Ridge asserted control after several power jams in the first half of the initial period to open the door for multiple-scoring pass jams to take and keep the lead.

The turning point of the period was a 16-0 jam posted by D2 tournament MVP Dr. Octopushy for Blue Ridge, on a boxed Lurz Lemon from Brandywine to take the lead by one point and not relinquish it for the duration of the contest. While Brandywine demonstrated a staunch defense, ultimately they had to dig deep into their jamming rotation after primary jammer Lurz Lemon was ejected after an egregious low block 20 minutes into the game.

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes down #48 Calgary, 225-183

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes down #48 Calgary, 225-183 Photo credit Regularman

PORTLAND, OR – The second Division 2 match up started much the same as the first; close, competitive game play by Blue Ridge and Calgary that forced the lead to change hands multiple times and rely heavily on lead status calls and offense. Things changed suddenly, however, as Calgary fell into penalty trouble and Blue Ridge wisely took advantage of the clock.

Blue Ridge came to Portland with a better eye for offense since their showing at Playoffs, and while Calgary consistently had only one or two blockers on the track, their stalwart defense fell apart. If Calgary could have cleaned up their penalties it would have wound up a much tenser fight against Blue Ridge, who lost Hurrycane Jackie to injury from their jammer rotation after only her first jam. Blue Ridge brought their cohesion together when they lost game momentum, and laid on the points in the final quarter of the game for a 225-183 victory.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge

2016 WFTDA Champs: D2 Preview – Calgary vs Blue Ridge Photo credit: Joe Mac.

This will be the fourth year that the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association has used Divisions for tournament play, giving teams ranked lower in the spectrum a chance to play for medals. The top seed from each Division 2 Playoff will take on the second seed from the opposite Playoff bracket on Friday morning, and the winners will play for 1st and 2nd place on Sunday, with the remaining two teams battling for 3rd place.

Calgary Roller Derby Association and the Blue Ridge Rollergirls will help kick off the 2016 Championships in Portland, Oregon. This is the first season that Calgary has qualified for WFTDA tournaments at all, while Blue Ridge has participated at Playoffs for both Divisions, and so far will be the only team to make a second trip to Championships for D2. These teams have a similar style on the track, so depending on how they’ve spent the months between Playoffs and Champs will make all the difference.

D2W: #7 Blue Ridge’s tops the bracket mountain over #3 Nashville Roller Girls 178-133

D2W: #7 Blue Ridge’s tops the bracket mountain over #3 Nashville Roller Girls 178-133 Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

WICHITA, KS – In an amazing turn of events for breaking recent Divisional 2 Playoff seeding, #7 Blue Ridge Rollergirls took to the international stage, first beating their rival neighbors #10 Carolina Roller Girls, but also upsetting #2 Houston’s All Stars just to hear the music play with #3 Nashville Roller Girls. Nashville comes in at 44th in WFTDA standings while Blue Ridge sits at 55th, sparing enough space for ranking exchanges.

Much like the momentum flow of the defensive push and pull, these two teams exchanged energy between offense and defense at such a pace that even the Twitterverse had to comment. Blue Ridge was able to establish a comfortable lead very early in the first half, forcing Nashville to chip away at the lead, sometimes getting the contest as low as 20-point spread.  Blue Ridge managed to keep the pace steady throughout with a 178 to 133 victory over Nashville.

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

The 2016 WFTDA Playoffs begin this year in Wichita, Kansas with the first of two Division 2 brackets. The top two finishers will advance to Championships this November in Portland, and will face off against the top two finishers of the other bracket. Bookmark this page and return here all weekend long as your central source for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.