Des Moines United Roller Derby

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review

2015 WFTDA Rankings Review Photo Credit: Donna Olmstead Photography.

The WFTDA had released its first rankings update since Championships, and as of November 30th, 2015 it’s not really surprising that Gotham is still #1 even though they suffered their first loss in 5 years at the hands of Rose City. Since a team’s ranking is comprised of an average of points earned from 12 months of games, things can take awhile to change as more games are played. (For more information, go here for the rankings white papers.)

Here are some highlights of where things lay now in the top 100 ranked teams compared to January.

D1T 7th Place: #6 Team United Surpasses #5 Charm City, 191-165

D1T 7th Place: #6 Team United Surpasses #5 Charm City, 191-165 Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

TUCSON,AZ- #6 Team United (#22) and #5 Charm City (#19) took the track for the 7th place game, and both found themselves fighting for a lower finish, due to penalties taking control of their previous games. That pitfall in their performances continued throughout this match up, and they handed the momentum off to each other like a baton, as one or the other found themselves in a penalty trap.

Charm City took an early lead, but things tightened up in the second quarter of the game, and stayed that way with repeat small points swings in each direction. Team United pushed ahead when it mattered, however, and in the last jam with Niki Cash seated in the box, they confirmed their first playoff placement at 7th place, 191-165.

D1T: #6 Des Moines (#22) Unites Against #8 Arizona (#31), 208-140

D1T: #6 Des Moines (#22) Unites Against #8 Arizona (#31), 208-140 Photo by Regularman Photography.

TUCSON, AZ- Des Moines United and Arizona met up in the consolation bracket on the second day of D1 Playoffs in Tucson because they couldn’t control their penalties the day before. Des Moines seemed to have recovered a bit more from their setback, possibly returning after shaking off their playoff debut jitters, and Arizona dug a hole early on with 9 jammer penalties in the first half.

Their defense seemed on in the first half however, keeping United from running away from the game, and AZRD finally seemed to take charge with scoring late in the second half. With Des Moines United’s cooler and calmer game, they kept all 14 skaters on the bench for 60 minutes this time, and finished with the win, 209-140.

D1T: #3 Arch Rival (#11) Divides #6 Des Moines (#22), 241-76

D1T: #3 Arch Rival (#11) Divides #6 Des Moines (#22), 241-76 Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

TUCSON, AZ- Game 3 was slated to be an exciting match up, with the up and coming #6 Des Moines United taking on #3 Arch Rival 4 months after ARRG beat them by just 38 points. Few had gotten that close to the St. Louis team who has dominated their 2015 season with a 13-1 sanctioned record. Des Moines was looking to come out strong in their first tournament, but struggled to put up the points they needed to keep up with Arch Rival.

Arch Rival’s consistent game and penalty control helped them take advantage of the penalty heavy United team, taking the win 241-76, advancing them to the semi-final round, and the furthest ARRG has gotten in post-season play.