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2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central Photo credit: Juan Paden.

This weekend’s tournament in Montréal will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Playoffs and start the road towards the Hydra. This is the most internationally diverse bracket with teams representing the United States, Canada, England, Finland, and Australia. This will be Kallio Rolling Rainbow’s debut in WFTDA post season, and you can learn more about how they got this far here. For a quick round up of the teams and their initial match ups, check out our Montréal preview.

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79 Photo credit: Duane Baker Photography. facebook.com/duanebakerphotography
MONTRÉAL, QC – In a battle for bracket rankings on the final day in Montreal, #6 Boston met #5 Dallas hoping to improve by a single position, as Dallas were motivated to retain theirs, in what—on paper—looked to promise a tight contest. Boston, having escaped two narrow wins over Sun State and Rocky Mountain in games prior, unfortunately appeared a step behind their competitors for most of the game, as Dallas’ quick transitions and cohesive pack play ultimately dominated. While Boston tried to adjust by utilizing quick star passes and various formation tactics, Dallas asserted control and locked down the game early to bring an easy win, 245-79.

D1M: #6 Boston Narrowly Escapes #10 Rocky, 186-164

D1M: #6 Boston Narrowly Escapes #10 Rocky, 186-164 Photo credit: Duane Baker Photography. facebook.com/duanebakerphotography

MONTRÉAL, QC – After a dramatic 1-point game over Sun State earlier in the day, #6 Boston faced #10 Rocky to decide who would advance to play for 5th and 7th, respectively. In a surprisingly tight contest (considering the ranking difference), similar styles of play resulted in relatively split stats across the board: lead designation (46% vs. 51%, favoring Rocky), penalties (27 vs. 35, also favoring Rocky), and power jams (10 vs. 9, favoring Boston).

Both teams relied on braced 2-wall defense while sending designated offense (when full packs afforded such), again, showing very similar results as the game showcased many lead changes and momentum swings. In general, pack play was much faster than other games of the weekend – allowing both teams proclivity towards speedy, nimble jamming and flexible, dynamic defense to end in an exciting win for Boston, decided in the last jam.

D1M: #3 Bay Area outlasts #6 Boston, 187-131

D1M: #3 Bay Area outlasts #6 Boston, 187-131 Photo credit Matthew Becker

MONTRÉAL, QC — All eyes were on #3 Bay Area today as they played their first playoffs matchup of 2016, against #6 Boston. While the 3 v 6 matchup is less likely to be a game of note than other closer pairings at playoffs, Bay Area has been in a rebuilding season this year, having lost seven starting players from their 2015 championships roster. It was up to Boston to upset a veteran team with consecutive championship tickets every year since 2012.

2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Omaha Central

2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Omaha Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

As we enter the last weekend of Playoff games in 2015, we have 10 more teams battling to take the last 3 open positions at the WFTDA Champships in St. Paul. In Omaha we will see if anyone can take Gotham out before we get to the final tournament, and Minnesota, Angel City, and Windy City will also be fighting to make a return to Champs this year. Check out our full weekend preview to catch up on how the teams did this season.