2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Dallas Central

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Dallas Central Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com/

WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Dallas will be the bracket that decides the final four teams attend Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania this November. Hosted by the Dallas Derby Devils in Texas, they will be joined by 11 other teams to vie for these final spots.

Teams below are listed with their Playoff seeding first and their June 30th WFTDA Ranking in parenthesis. Local time for the tournament is Central Daylight Time, and we’ve listed British Summer Times and Australian Eastern Standard Time as well. Watch the games on WFTDA.tv and follow our Playoff coverage here and on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The first place game between the #1 seeded Victorian Roller Derby and the #2 seeded Texas was a physical battle for points and position. The two teams hadn’t met since The Big O 2016 in Eugene, OR where VRDL won 130-114. Though Victoria earned an early lead this time around that would not be challenged throughout the game, Texas kept things interesting with aggressive- a little bit old school- defense. VRDL ended the tournament with a gold medal, 193-50 with Texas taking silver.

D1D 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival bests #4 Minnesota, 186-91

D1D 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival bests #4 Minnesota, 186-91 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – After Minnesota’s thrilling two-point finish against #5 seed Atlanta on Saturday, they slogged through a second bout later that day against #1 Victoria, losing 329-36. Meeting them in the 3rd place game, Arch Rival had a solid 339-123 victory against #6 seed Queen City, and then messed with Texas and fell 209-119.

This game was a highly anticipated matchup between two midwest teams who knew each other very well, even trading players over the years. Last year it was a semifinal Playoff game that pitted them against each other, and it was Minnesota who won, 174-155. Both teams were out key jammers this game and were forced to make adjustments, but Arch Rival’s cleaner game helped lead them to a 186-91 victory and a bronze medal.

D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143

D1D: #5 Atlanta prevails over #11 Houston, 323-143 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

DALLAS, TX – The #5 Atlanta Rollergirls certainly did not want to find themselves in the 2pm game Sunday, but after suffering a heartbreaking 2-point loss to #4 Minnesota, the Dirty South found themselves matched up against #11 Houston Roller Derby. The rankings spread on this game was huge; Atlanta came in as the #13 team in the WFTDA, and Houston #36, so the game was predicted to be a blowout, but Houston did not just roll over for the Georgians, although lost 323-143.

D1D: #6 Queen City dominates #12 Wasatch, 270-77

D1D: #6 Queen City dominates #12 Wasatch, 270-77 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

DALLAS, TX – To get this far, Queen City first beat Houston 195-104 on Friday and then faced a tough Arch Rival the following day. They came prepared, however and decided to go long early on, scoring 123 points to ARCH’s 339. Their strategic minds carried into their game today against Wasatch, with smart call offs and clock management.

Wasatch came into this tournament ranked #40, just barely getting pulled into Divison 1 after two years of attending D2 Playoffs. Their first game was against #5 seed Atlanta on Friday, losing 415-68 and giving them a day of rest between games. Struggling to score early on, Wasatch found some momentum towards the middle of the game but fell to Queen City 270-77.