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2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The next ten WFTDA Division 1 teams will battle it this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, September 9th-11th. The top three finishing teams will join London, Texas, and Montréal in Portland this November to fight for the Hydra. This weekend will be the Playoff debut for Rainy City and Ann Arbor and you can read more about all the teams participating with our Columbia preview.

D1C: #5 Crime City washes out #7 Rainy City, 142-112

D1C: #5 Crime City washes out #7 Rainy City, 142-112 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC – The pride of Malmo, Sweden, put in a strong showing to finish where they began in this playoff tournament, as #5 seeded Crime City Rollers fought back the tide of their cross-North Sea challengers, the 7 seed Rainy City from Manchester, UK. Crime City managed to take home their final win of the weekend, 142-112, and leaves with the 5th place tournament position.

D1C: #10 Steel City irons #9 Ann Arbor, 258-205

D1C: #10 Steel City irons #9 Ann Arbor, 258-205 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC – In a scrappy fight for the 9th place slot, Ann Arbor Derby Dimes and Steel City Roller Derby duked it out in a highly physical contest.  Ann Arbor came into the tournament seeded 9th and were looking to secure their seeding entry with this game against Steel City, even as the Steel Hurtin’ squad were keenly looking to move on up through their entry bracket placement with this game.

Eventually the weekend of play came to a close for the teams with Ann Arbor closing the docks to Steel City’s heavy delivery of points, 258-205.

D1C: #3 Denver overturns #2 Jacksonville, 211-153

D1C: #3 Denver overturns #2 Jacksonville, 211-153 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo. tsunamiphoto.com

COLUMBIA, SC – The match up between the #2 seed Jacksonville and #3 Denver is a meeting that has been contentious in the past year. Last Playoff season, the seeds were switched and Jacksonville upset Denver by 30 points for a spot in the 1st place game. While earlier this year, Denver beat Jacksonville at Sibling Rivalry by a slimmer 14 points. New Jax City started out this game strong, but a couple of big jams by Denver erased Jacksonville’s lead and the Mile High Club had buried them by 70 points at the half, it seemed.

Jacksonville’s chaotic pack work let Denver’s jammers slip through, and despite a post-break comeback attempt in the second half, Jacksonville couldn’t put up enough big points to overcome their deficit. Denver secured the win, a place in the 1st place game tomorrow against Rose City, and a ticket to Champs in November. While Jacksonville will have to take on Atlanta tomorrow for the 3rd spot to Portland.

D1C: #5 Crime City nabs another win against #8 Columbia, 260-100

D1C: #5 Crime City nabs another win against #8 Columbia, 260-100 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo. tsunamiphoto.com

COLUMBIA, SC – The #5 seed Crime City Rollers didn’t come all the way from Sweden to play for 7th place. #8 Columbia QuadSquad didn’t show up to treat their crowd to a home town loss, especially after their battles against Ann Arbor & Rose City on Friday.

The game was electric from Jam 1. Crime City’s recycling was strong and clean. Columbia’s Do U Juana would get past three blockers and find herself behind all four again in an instant. Crime City did not fall for the twitchiness of the CQS jammers and their blockers sat in strong tripods and waited patiently.