D1 Playoffs Tucson

D1T: #7 Terminal City Executes #6 Team United, 196-171

D1T: #7 Terminal City Executes #6 Team United, 196-171 Photo by Regularman

TUCSON, AZ – Game 10 was a closely fought game with lead swapping and frequently speeding packs, as well as jammer penalty troubles haunting both teams, and Terminal City finally wound up with the win against Des Moines’ Team United, 196-171.

D1T: #2 Bay Areaaaaaa (#6) beats #7 Terminal City (#27), 251-77

TUCSON, AZ—Game 4 featured a slow-starting Bay Area against Terminal City and after a bit of back and forth, it ended with Bay Area firmly in control. This season has been an interesting one for Bay Area, with only 12 skaters remaining from last year’s charter and multiple transfers, BAD has taken its time to gel and make their style of play work for them. Throughout this year, Bay Area struggled more than anything to score, amd today against Terminal City Bay Area seemed to find an answer, 251-77.

D1T: #9 MRD Dairyland Dolls moos past #8 Arizona, 221-171

D1T: #9 MRD Dairyland Dolls moos past #8 Arizona, 221-171 Photo credit Donna Olmstead

TUCSON, AZ— Game 2, between the 9th seed Mad Rollin’ Dolls and #8 Arizona Roller Derby, was a back-and-forth battle of evenly matched teams prone to the same penalties.

After multiple lead changes, many coming during power jams, MRD Dairyland Dolls were able to cobble together some momentum that extended over the last 5 minutes of gameplay to finally take home the win, 221-171.

WFTDA D1 Preview: Tucson

WFTDA D1 Preview: Tucson Photo credit Danny Ngan. Prints and high-resolution downloads are available for purchase at http://photography.dannyngan.com/thebigo2015.

With both Division 2 playoff tournaments now in the bag, and the top contenders have earned their spot in St. Paul, MN for Championships, it’s time to turn our collective minds towards the Division 1 teams gathering in Tucson, AZ. This is the first of  the four weekend tournaments through October 4th, and from each D1 playoff the top three teams make it to Minnesota in November.

In this tournament, eyes will likely be on the first of the teams from outside the United States currently ranked in the top twelve by the WFTDA – 1st tournament seed, and 3rd-ranked, Victoria. 2nd seeded Bay Area will also be one to watch, as some would claim that movement from their#2 overall WFTDA ranking to current #6 might mean that their star is falling. In any case, with only the top three making it through to Champs, as per usual the most hard-fought game may well be the 3rd placer on Sunday at 4pm (MST). Otherwise it could be any of the games for teams on the rise and fall this long weekend, as they try to make a statement on the track when it matters most.

Read up on how each team has done so far this season, and then catch all the match-ups this weekend on WFTDA.tv. You can also listen to Episode 6 of Derbyface to hear Winter, Nox, and Deadwards make picks for this weekend’s bracket.