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D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119

D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119 Photo credit: Benma Photography.

WICHITA, KS – The 7th place game played out between #6 seed Tucson Roller Derby and #5 seed Kansas City Roller Warriors, two teams who had been on the wrong side of last minute upsets earlier in the weekend.

Although it proved a hard-hitting game with numerous pile-ups, both teams lost their game faces during time outs (also numerous) and seemed friendly with each other.

#51 ranked Tucson built a solid lead from the start and finished the tournament in 7th place after a 223-119 win against #50 Kansas City.

The two main successes to Tucson’s victory were offense and Kansas City’s jammer penalties, which came at a rapid pace in the beginning. Getting outscored 120-46 in the first half, Kansas City’s penalties and not offering offense off the line left them few opportunities to score, and despite better second half stats, they couldn’t catch up to Tucson.

D2W: #8 Boulder County survives #5 Kansas City, 201-200

D2W: #8 Boulder County survives #5 Kansas City, 201-200 Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

WICHITA, KS – To get this far, #8 seed Boulder County won their first game of the weekend and lost their second, while #5 seed Kansas City went through the inverse to get to the same point. Both teams showcased extremely tight, braced defense in their previous games, so this game was inevitably going to come down to what else each team could bring to the table. Both teams showed up ready to play, and what felt like a fight for 1st place as far as quality of play went, was in fact a battle to get a shot at 5th place tomorrow.

WFTDA-ranked #58 Boulder County, and #50 Kansas City, both concentrated on a strong triangular formation with their fourth blocker ready to cover the the track or play offense. The momentum shifted between the teams from start to finish, and with Kansas City leading at halftime, Boulder County managed to pull through with a one-point win in the final game seconds, 201-200.

D2W: #5 Kansas City Bowls Over #10 Carolina, 182-150

D2W: #5 Kansas City Bowls Over #10 Carolina, 182-150 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess/

WICHITA, KS – In the eighth Game of the 2016 Division 2 WFTDA playoffs, the #5 seed Kansas City Roller Warriors took on #10 seed Carolina Rollergirls. Both teams were coming off of tough losses in the first day of the tournament – Kansas City losing 223-112 to #4 seed Brandywine and Carolina taking a 309-94 loss to Blue Ridge Rollergirls. This game was closely matched, despite the large seeding difference between the two teams, with Kansas City and Carolina both bringing consistently strong, collected defense and a wide jammer rotation.

The first half was a close match with Carolina on Kansas City’s tail for most of the period, but Kansas City’s cohesive offense and defense proved to be enough to overtake Carolina in the second. Even with a surge by Carolina in the last jam, the Kansas City Roller Warriors took the win 182-150 and will advance to play the Boulder County Bombers today at 6 PM CDT.

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Central Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

The 2016 WFTDA Playoffs begin this year in Wichita, Kansas with the first of two Division 2 brackets. The top two finishers will advance to Championships this November in Portland, and will face off against the top two finishers of the other bracket. Bookmark this page and return here all weekend long as your central source for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Preview

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Wichita Preview Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby. facebook.com/quicknderbymedia

The first WFTDA Playoff tournament of 2016 will take place in Wichita, Kansas this weekend, August 19-21, and will be hosted by the ICT Roller Girls. The first two Playoff weekends will be Division 2 brackets, and historically they have provided close, well-matched games.

The first 10 teams to hit the track this weekend include four teams who have made it to D2 Championships in the past, one previous D2 1st Place Cup holder, and seven teams who were in a D2 bracket last season. Jet City and Houston come in as the top two seeds, while Tucson, Blue Ridge, and Carolina return to Playoffs after missing a WFTDA tournament or two.