D1 Columbia

D1C: #1 Rose City Cuts Down #3 Denver, 250-137

D1C: #1 Rose City Cuts Down #3 Denver, 250-137 Photo by TI Stills

Columbia, SC – The final game of the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in Columbia brought together #1 seed Rose City and #3 seed Denver, both teams coming off of two hard-fought wins throughout the weekend. While Rose City held a strong lead for the duration of the game, consistently scoring 6.5 points to every 3.5 points for Denver, both teams displayed the strong defense and incredible jammer talent expected at this level of play. Denver put up a noble fight against the reigning world champions, but in the end, Rose City’s all-around consistently strong gameplay earned them the gold medal in this tournament, winning 250-137.

D1C: #2 Jacksonville takes #4 Atlanta, 170-131

D1C: #2 Jacksonville takes #4 Atlanta, 170-131 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC – When these two teams met back in March, Jacksonville won 231-91. At the 2016 D1 International Playoffs after a back and forth game with 3 lead changes, Jacksonville won less decisively, 170-131, and left with a seeding deficit, sliding to #3 place from #2 tournament entry, but still confirming their place at Champs this year ahead of #4 Atlanta, who left at the position they entered.

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz takes 7th over #8 Columbia QuadSquad,174-141

D1C: #6 Santa Cruz takes 7th over #8 Columbia QuadSquad,174-141 Photo credit: Louis Keiner/Tsunami Photo

COLUMBIA, SC- Santa Cruz (#6) and Columbia QuadSquad (#8) were both hoping to be playing for a higher ranking than #7, but neither showed up with baggage or disappointment in their faces. From the first whistle, both teams played a hard and fast game. Santa Cruz defeated the home team for 7th Place, 174-141.

D1C: #3 Denver Mile High Club takes off against #6 Santa Cruz, 314-127

D1C: #3 Denver Mile High Club takes off against #6 Santa Cruz, 314-127 Photo by Tsunami Photography

COLUMBIA, MO – It’s been two years since the Denver Mile High Club flew in to take on the Santa Cruz Derby Girls and much has changed since the last exchange. Santa Cruz came into the Division 1 tournament ranked at 23rd to Denver’s ranking at 10th. Game 3 started off slow and steady as the captain turned off the fastened seatbelt sign allowing Denver to skate about the flat track cabin, staying true to seeding order, beating Santa Cruz 314 to 127.