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2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

Coming up this weekend: the annual Big O Invitational in Eugene, Oregon (USA). While there have already been a few high-level tournaments already this season, this has become one of the most highly anticipated WFTDA Recognized Tournaments since it’s the first time we see many of the top-ranked teams back on the track each year.

There will be a few exciting rematches from last year, some new teams to watch, and plenty of roller derby on three tracks for three days. Are you ready?

Keep on reading for a quick briefing on the WFTDA and Junior teams in attendance. You can also check out our coverage of the MRDA briefing by Muckety Muck, as well as some tournament survival tips for fans by Sean Hale. Streaming of all three tracks will be done through WFTDA.tv and all WFTDA rankings are from today’s April 30th release.

D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181

D2W: #8 Boulder County makes playoff history defeating #2 Houston, 184-181 Photo by Danforth Johnson

WICHITA, KS – The 5th place game ended with Boulder County rolling the rocks over Houston to secure a place in history being the lowest ranking team to ever take out a #2 seeded team in playoff history. The Houston All Stars are currently ranked #43 in the WFTDA listings while the Boulder County Bombers come in at #58. Don’t let the rankings or seedings fool you, in typical D2 fashion the upset came with evenly matched athletes as Boulder lit up the sky, 184 to 181 over Houston.

D2W: #8 Boulder County survives #5 Kansas City, 201-200

D2W: #8 Boulder County survives #5 Kansas City, 201-200 Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

WICHITA, KS – To get this far, #8 seed Boulder County won their first game of the weekend and lost their second, while #5 seed Kansas City went through the inverse to get to the same point. Both teams showcased extremely tight, braced defense in their previous games, so this game was inevitably going to come down to what else each team could bring to the table. Both teams showed up ready to play, and what felt like a fight for 1st place as far as quality of play went, was in fact a battle to get a shot at 5th place tomorrow.

WFTDA-ranked #58 Boulder County, and #50 Kansas City, both concentrated on a strong triangular formation with their fourth blocker ready to cover the the track or play offense. The momentum shifted between the teams from start to finish, and with Kansas City leading at halftime, Boulder County managed to pull through with a one-point win in the final game seconds, 201-200.

D2W: #1 Jet City lands a win against #8 Boulder County, 175-160

D2W: #1 Jet City lands a win against #8 Boulder County, 175-160 Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

WICHITA, KS – With over a minute to go on the clock until the game started, Boulder County was already out on the track and primed to go, no doubt still fired up from their win earlier today against the Chicago Outfit.

That energy seemed to wane as the game wore on and six jammer penalties in the first half gave Jet City the opportunity to take the lead. Jet City built a strong spread into the second half, due, likely, to picking up 57.9% of lead jammer status. So despite Boulder County attempting a come back, Jet secured themselves a place in the semi-finals tomorrow, with a 175-160 win.