Dallas Derby Devils

D1D: #10 Dallas finishes off #9 Arizona, 183-153

D1D: #10 Dallas finishes off #9 Arizona, 183-153 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – This consolation game was the second bout of the weekend for Arizona, while it was the third game for Dallas after they beat #7 seed Santa Cruz yesterday 170-162 before falling to #2 Texas 248-89 later in the day. Arizona lost to #8 Philly first thing Friday 163-108 so they have had more than a full day to recover for this final matchup.

Arizona started with a slow creeping lead but then a 25-point jam by Bayleigh Wheat opened things up for Dallas to take the lead and never look back. It was otherwise a very well matched, aggressive game with Arizona actually winning the second half in points and lead percentage. With more consistency in the Dallas jammer lineup, their defense was able to shut down Luz Chaos and keep larger scoring jams to a minimum. Dallas finished out the weekend with another seeding upset, 153-183 over Arizona.

D1D: #2 Texas executes against #10 Dallas, 248-89

D1D: #2 Texas executes against #10 Dallas, 248-89 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The last game of the day was a Texan battle between host league #34-ranked Dallas Derby Devils and #6-ranked Texas Rollergirls. Dallas ended up matching Texas in the number of jammers and overall penalties, but the ability of the Texecutioners to pull off big scoring jams and hold Dallas scoreless for the last 10 jams of the game put the win solidly in their hands.

Texas and Dallas met early in the season and then Texas beat them 277-66, so despite their loss, Dallas improved by a difference of 52 points. Olivia Shootin’ John’s 100% lead status and 82 points in six jams helped lead Texas to a 248-89 victory.

D1D: #10 Dallas cruises past #7 Santa Cruz, 170-162

D1D: #10 Dallas cruises past #7 Santa Cruz, 170-162 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

DALLAS, TX- After a close match-up prior to this game, between the #8 and #9 seeded teams, it looked like #7 seed Santa Cruz was going to take control of Game 2 from the start. The first 12 minutes went their way, with a majority of lead status calls and a few power jams, putting them ahead of Dallas 41-12. Although they were playing on #10 seed Dallas’ home turf, after getting their feet back under them the Derby Devils went on a large scoring swing that put them ahead by two points with ten minutes left in the first half.

It seemed like Santa Cruz had a second wind late in the game after regaining the lead, but Dallas tied it up going into the final minutes of the game. But fewer overall penalties and lead status helped Dallas control the game, although Santa Cruz’s lateral defense kept the score close until the very end. A final lead status and power jam sealed their victory, advancing them in the bracket with a 170-162 win.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central Photo credit: Juan Paden.

This weekend’s tournament in Montréal will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Playoffs and start the road towards the Hydra. This is the most internationally diverse bracket with teams representing the United States, Canada, England, Finland, and Australia. This will be Kallio Rolling Rainbow’s debut in WFTDA post season, and you can learn more about how they got this far here. For a quick round up of the teams and their initial match ups, check out our Montréal preview.

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79 Photo credit: Duane Baker Photography. facebook.com/duanebakerphotography
MONTRÉAL, QC – In a battle for bracket rankings on the final day in Montreal, #6 Boston met #5 Dallas hoping to improve by a single position, as Dallas were motivated to retain theirs, in what—on paper—looked to promise a tight contest. Boston, having escaped two narrow wins over Sun State and Rocky Mountain in games prior, unfortunately appeared a step behind their competitors for most of the game, as Dallas’ quick transitions and cohesive pack play ultimately dominated. While Boston tried to adjust by utilizing quick star passes and various formation tactics, Dallas asserted control and locked down the game early to bring an easy win, 245-79.