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D1S: #3 Jacksonville avalanches #12 Charlottesville, 318-161

D1S: #3 Jacksonville avalanches #12 Charlottesville, 318-161 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – An early challenge from #12 Charlottesville gave #3 Jacksonville a scare as their highly effective defensive strategies fell victim to penalty trouble. The New Jax defense regrouped and endured, however, frustrating Charlottesville jammers and running up their score on the strength of a streak of high-scoring jams.

Despite a slew of jammer penalties, dominant second-half performances from Snot Rocket Science, Krispy Kreme-Her and Leanne Groll made Jacksonville’s lead insurmountable as they defeated Charlottesville, 318-161.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98 Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – In the third quarterfinal game of the day we got our first glimpse of #2 ranked Victoria this weekend while #10 Jacksonville returned to the track after beating Minnesota by 49 points yesterday. Jacksonville’s defense rivaled Victoria at times, leading to slow, pushing jams with jammers stuck in respective braced tripods. It was Victoria’s good sense of pack and speed control combined with excellent line coverage kept Jacksonville’s scoring to a minimum, giving VRDL the win 231-98.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #10 Jacksonville jumps past #9 Minnesota, 207-158

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #10 Jacksonville jumps past #9 Minnesota, 207-158 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – Jacksonville and Minnesota took each other on earlier this year, and New Jax City came away from that game with a 23-point win at home. In this Championship tournament game, it was a close battle with seven lead changes and two tied scores, but a strong push in the final ten minutes helped Jacksonville to victory.

With strong blocking on both sides, it almost seemed like the teams’ jammers were going for an apex jumping contest, with big air by both MNRG’s Brickyard and Jacksonville’s Jamsterella. Jacksonville’s stronger jammer rotation pulled them through, however. Eventually, after backing Minnesota in a corner with penalties, Jacksonville took the win, 207-158.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1 Photo credit: Phantom Photographics.

The 2016 WFTDA Championship tournament is taking place in Portland, Oregon and is hosted by reigning champions the Rose City Rollers. As a #1 seed for Division 1, they get a bye on Friday which means that all of the D1 #2 and #3 seeds battle it out on the first day for a spot in the quarter final round on Saturday. After the Division 2 semi-final games, D1 will start up and the first day is looking to be a series of good match ups.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Columbia Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The next ten WFTDA Division 1 teams will battle it this weekend in Columbia, South Carolina, September 9th-11th. The top three finishing teams will join London, Texas, and Montréal in Portland this November to fight for the Hydra. This weekend will be the Playoff debut for Rainy City and Ann Arbor and you can read more about all the teams participating with our Columbia preview.