Championships

2017 WFTDA Champs: #2 Rose City clamps down #7 Arch Rival for a win, 237-109

2017 WFTDA Champs: #2 Rose City clamps down #7 Arch Rival for a win, 237-109 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Rose City earned a bye and had plenty to prove as they entered this tournament without the number one ranking, despite being victors last Championships. Arch Rival still continues to benefit from their transfers, with the rest of their team playing up and solidifying behind them, and keen to prove themselves, they were fresh from their victory over London on Friday and hoping to take Rose City on the same steam.

After a game filled with the steely control of Rose City, and few chances for points additions for Arch Rival beyond their initial few jams, Rose City cruise controlled into a win, even with a final quarter fight from Arch Rival.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second game of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships promised to be, if nothing else, nothing less than brutal with their slow and grinding play. Both Angel City (#4) and Minnesota (#16) are known for the punishment they subject their opponents to.

In the end, Angel City left with the win, 281-144, after carefully controlling most of the game and using the stickiness of their blocking to full advantage.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In the first game of the tournament Crime City was sure to make a statement in their debut performance at Championships. The #9-ranked Montréal New Skids on the Block took 3rd Place in Seattle while #12 Crime City finished 4th in Malmö. The crowd seemed to have a large Canadian presence, cheering on each of Montréal’s small victories, but Crime City kept taking the momentum back. With the score tied up with under five minutes left, this game was uncertain down to the very last jam.

Crime City won lead percentage for the game at an average of 52.6% but Montréal took hold of the game in the final quarter of play. Both teams had very consistent halves with the same amount of penalties and nearly the same amount of points in each period. The New Skids took a slight edge, however, and even with Falcon Punch taking a seat in the penalty box in the final seconds of the game, Montréal won 133-129.

2017 WFTDA D1 Championships Central

2017 WFTDA D1 Championships Central Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

Hosted by Philly Roller Derby, the 2017 WFTDA Division 1 Championships are upon us with 12 teams converging in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to decide who is the best of the best. Gotham has had their legendary run with the Hydra, and now Rose City has kept it for two years in a row. Many think the trophy will end up down under while others hope to see it go a mile high. Ultimately, with the way the bracket fell into place this season, we will at least get a different matchup for the final game.

The annual November Championship tournament is only a Division 1 bracket this year since D2’s Playoffs and Champs were all in one weekend back in August in Pittsburgh, PA. Catch up on how each of the 12 D1 teams did this season, and how they are looking in their first-round matchups with Part 1 and Part 2 of our weekend preview.

2017 WFTDA D2 Tournaments: Pittsburgh Central

The 2017 WFTDA D2 Playoffs and Championships took place in Pittsburgh, PA the weekend of August 18-20th. This was the first time that both Playoff brackets ran concurrently on two tracks on Friday and Saturday and then fed into a Championship bracket on Sunday.

Read up on all 16 teams who attended with our Pittsburgh Preview, and check out the rest of WFTDA Playoffs with our June Rankings and Seeding analysis. Get to know the leagues who were new to WFTDA D2 Playoffs this year: Dublin, Pirate City, Middlesbrough, Paris, E-Ville, and Auld Reekie (coming soon).