Crime City Rollers

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival wears out #12 Crime City, 220-160

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #7 Arch Rival wears out #12 Crime City, 220-160 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA –  #7 Arch Rival and #12 Crime City met nine months ago on the floor of The Big O. Crime ran into penalty trouble throughout and generally had trouble countering the power of Arch Rival’s defense. In the last consolation game of Champs weekend, many people were expecting Crime to perform, but ARCH was able to clamp down a victory early.

Crime City proved to never count out the underdog, despite the loss, they didn’t go down without a fight, having gained the momentum several times. Bettering their differential from the last time they met, Crime City fell to the Arch Rival All-Stars, 220-160.

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.

D1M: 3rd Place, #3 London claims bronze over #4 Crime City, 181-138

D1M: 3rd Place, #3 London claims bronze over  #4 Crime City, 181-138 Photo credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN – The battle for bronze between the host league #4 Crime City Rollers and #3 London Roller Girls saw the momentum swing back and forth in the first half, including multiple lead changes.

The second half looked a bit different for both teams and, despite a valiant effort from Crime City, the team were not able to reclaim momentum for more than a few jams at a time. Whereas London was able to take charge of the second half and come away with the win, 181-138.

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN   The home team enjoyed an enthusiastic crowd and multiple standing ovations for excellent turns of defense and impressive offensive maneuvers. Overall, the game was filled with slow grinding braces, great team and individual defense, and violent knockouts and draw backs on both sides.

In the end, Crime City could not hold back Gotham’s offensive power and Gotham, despite a slow start, took the win with a score of 237-65.

D1M: #4 Crime City rolls over #5 Helsinki, 215-170

D1M: #4 Crime City rolls over #5 Helsinki, 215-170 Photo credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN – After a solid win over Charm City (#12) earlier in the day, Helsinki were looking to make it a double in their fight against the higher seed (#4) Crime City Rollers and advance them one step closer to a stop at the WFTDA championships. A well rested Crime City were primed, and ready for battle.

These two teams have met 3 times previous to the Malmo WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs, each time with Crime City taking the win. Helsinki seemed committed to changing all that, as each pairing saw them minimize the point spread from a 106 point loss to a mere 16 point miss in their most recent game.

With both teams utilizing solid triangle blocking and lightening quick recycling, this matchup was set to be one of the closest and most exciting of the day. In the end, Crime City won out, taking a victory of 215-170, but not before multiple lead switches and some close calls left the audience breathless.