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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 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: #2 KCRW (#45) wrecks #6 Houston (#53), 249-196

D2C: #2 KCRW (#45) wrecks #6 Houston (#53), 249-196 Photo by Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH– Kansas City Roller Warriors (#45), the second seed in the D2 Playoffs: Cleveland, defeated the 6th seed Houston Roller Derby (#53), 249-196 after trailing in the first half. Game 12 decided who would win a berth to Championships in November and compete for 1st place here in Cleveland.

Houston will take on the #1 seed Santa Cruz to claim 3rd place tomorrow afternoon at 4pm (EDT). Kansas City will advance to challenge the lower ranked Demolition City tomorrow at 6pm (EDT), who have played a spectacular tournament so far, for the title.

D2C: #10 Brandywine (#62) beats #9 OKVD (#58), 220-128

D2C: #10 Brandywine (#62) beats #9 OKVD (#58), 220-128 Photo by Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH— Heavy holding walls in tandem with recycling worked in favor of both teams in this game, as Brandywine took firm hold of a first half lead over Oklahoma to really tear away and use their defensive holds and persistent jammer leads to full advantage in the second. Brandywine came away with the game in hand, 220-128. 

D2C: #5 Demolition City (#50) upsets #1 Santa Cruz (#42), 165-137

D2C: #5 Demolition City (#50) upsets #1 Santa Cruz (#42), 165-137 Photo by Danforth Johnson

CLEVELAND, OH– The #1 seed Santa Cruz (#42) was upset by the #5 seed Demolition City (#50) in a crucial game that decided who would advance not only for the Championship Game in D2: Cleveland, but also determine who would qualify for the 2015 International Championships November 6-8  in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Demolition City Dynamite Dolls blew the seeding out of the water (and a lot of brackets) by defeating the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells, 165-137.