Gotham

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN   The home team enjoyed an enthusiastic crowd and multiple standing ovations for excellent turns of defense and impressive offensive maneuvers. Overall, the game was filled with slow grinding braces, great team and individual defense, and violent knockouts and draw backs on both sides.

In the end, Crime City could not hold back Gotham’s offensive power and Gotham, despite a slow start, took the win with a score of 237-65.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Gotham beats #4 Angel City, 197-168 Photo credit: Benma Photo.

PORTLAND, OR – The last time Gotham met Angel City was during last year’s Playoffs in Omaha, where Gotham won, 205-83. This time, the contest was much less one-sided. Angel City challenged Gotham’s lead throughout the game by exploiting the gaps on the inside line and effectively scrambling Gotham’s defense but was never able to overcome Gotham’s hold on the scoreboard. Gotham maintained their lead, at times tenuously, by coming together at crucial moments and locking down their defense and giving their own jammers a few extra moments to fight through the top of the pack for lead or to pick up points.

Overall Angel City had a higher lead percentage with 53.7% to Gotham’s 39% but per jam, Gotham averaged 4.8 points to ACDG’s 4.1 overall–which can be attributed to the number of points Gotham jammers stole when not lead. Gotham advances to the 6:30pm PDT semifinal against London with a victory over Angel City, 197-168.

D1M: #1 Gotham knocks the wind out of #8 Windy City, 491-13

D1M: #1 Gotham knocks the wind out of #8 Windy City, 491-13 Photo Credit Danforth Johnson

MADISON, WI – #1 seeded and ranked Gotham’s first game of the 2016 playoff season was an overwhelming show of force over the #8 Windy City Rollers.  Gotham controlled the game from the first jam with effortlessly fluid defensive cohesion and an assortment of dominant jamming performances.

D1 Champs 1st Place: Rose City takes down Gotham, 206-195

D1 Champs 1st Place: Rose City takes down Gotham, 206-195 Photo by Donna Olmstead

ST. PAUL, MN– The anticipation of a team taking down Gotham Girls Roller Derby has been building for 67 straight wins, 5 years, and 4 consecutive WFTDA Championships. Victoria came within 2 points in the semi-finals and after the Rose City Rollers had it in their grasp last year, they were determined to complete their victory this time around.

Unlike Gotham’s previous game against VRDL which was a slow pushing game, this game was full of speeding and destructive packs that were enhanced by the roar of the full Roy Wilkins Auditorium. In the first half the teams shared a perfect split lead jammer percentage, and after 10 lead changes, 1 tie game, and multiple double digit jams by Scald Eagle, Rose City held on in the final minutes to take down the Gotham dynasty by 11 points.

D1 Champs: Gotham tops Jacksonville, 299-114

D1 Champs: Gotham tops Jacksonville, 299-114 Photo by Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

ST. PAUL, MN–The reigning world champions, Gotham, continued their winning streak against Jacksonville, 299-114. Though the outcome went as predicted, a few of the game statistics were surprising. In the first half, Jacksonville’s lead jammer percentage was 44.4. This dropped slightly in the second half. Gotham was penalty heavy, particularly at the start of the game but it wasn’t enough to prevent them from running away with the game in the end.