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2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Cleveland Central

2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Cleveland Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

WFTDA playoffs begin with Division 2 in Cleveland, Ohio. Teams ranked 41-60 get invites to D2 playoffs, and are split into two brackets. The top two finishing teams this weekend will head to Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota November 6th-8th to take on the top two finishers from Detroit’s D2 bracket.

Return here all weekend long for your central update for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

D2C 1st Place: #2 Kansas City (#45) endures #5 Demolition City (#50), 171-142

D2C 1st Place: #2 Kansas City (#45) endures #5 Demolition City (#50), 171-142 Photo by Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. www.facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

CLEVELAND, OH – The last day of Divsion 2 WFTDA playoffs showed how well matched these teams were, as almost every game nearly came down to the last jam, and the 5th place game down to 1 single point. #5 seed Demolition City proved once over the weekend that they could battle with the top, and after beating the #1 seed, they were clearly going make #2 seed Kansas City fight for first place.

Kansas City has been going through some rebuilding years, but they also have 11 years of solid experience to work with. They were facing a strong D2 contender, but have participated in tournaments for years, taking 1st place overall in 2007.

The Dynamite Dolls put up a tough fight, but their aggressive game led to many penalties, causing them to make adjustments mid-game. Kansas City continued to adapt, and a more consistent scoring run helped them finally pull off a 29-point win to take 1st place at WFTDA’s first 2015 Division 2 tournament in Cleveland.

D2C 3rd Place: #1 Santa Cruz (#42) Outsteps #3 Houston (#53), 154-141

D2C 3rd Place: #1 Santa Cruz (#42) Outsteps #3 Houston (#53), 154-141 Photo by Danforth Johnson.

CLEVELAND, OH —Aiming for 3rd place in Cleveland is probably not where #1 seed Santa Cruz (#42), or many other people, thought they would be on the last day of this weekend’s D2 playoffs. Competitive with many D1 teams this season, it seemed to be chance that cemented their D2 invite, but the intensity of tournament proved they aren’t the only one hungry for the top. As a #3 seed, Houston’s dominating defense kept them coming back again and again, with 8 lead changes in the first half, and overcoming a 36-point deficit late in the game.

The two teams matched each other on jammer penalties at 10 apiece, and Houston only earned 5 more overall penalties, but it was the Boardwalk Bombshells’ edge in lead jammer percentage that helped them control poignant jams to seal the win, and their 3rd place medals, 154-141.

D2C 5th Place: #7 St. Chux (#54) plucks #10 Brandywine (#62), 216-215

D2C 5th Place: #7 St. Chux (#54) plucks #10 Brandywine (#62), 216-215 Photo credit Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH — Prior to the weekend, #7 St. Chux (#54) and #10 Brandywine (#62) had never played each other historically. Following SCDC’s 216-215 come-from-behind victory in the playoff’s fifth place game, and the pair’s second meeting during the tourney that was decided by single-digits, one can only look forward to a continuation of the newfound rivalry next season.

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) advances past #8 Jet City (#57), 206-135

D2C: #7 St. Chux (#54) advances past #8 Jet City (#57), 206-135 Photo by Danforth Johnson.

When a team gets bounced into the consolation bracket on Friday in the ten-team WFTDA tournament structure, the highest finish it can achieve at playoff’s end is fifth place.

#7 St. Chux (#54) rebounded from Friday’s quarterfinal setback to Kansas City with a 206-135 victory over #8 Jet City (#57) Saturday afternoon to take one stride closer to its end goal.