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2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City powers through #16 Minnesota, 281-144 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The second game of the 2017 International WFTDA Championships promised to be, if nothing else, nothing less than brutal with their slow and grinding play. Both Angel City (#4) and Minnesota (#16) are known for the punishment they subject their opponents to.

In the end, Angel City left with the win, 281-144, after carefully controlling most of the game and using the stickiness of their blocking to full advantage.

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

DALLAS, TX – #1 Victorian Roller Derby League came into Division 1 Playoffs with high expectations placed upon them. They met #4 Minnesota, after both having secured their spots at Philadelphia Championships. The math suggested that Victorian was going to handle Minnesota, but Minnesota’s defense wasn’t going to let VRDL go through unscathed.

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144

D1D: #4 Minnesota edges out #5 Atlanta, 146-144 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – An intense quarterfinal matchup between #11-ranked Minnesota and #13 Atlanta took place first thing Saturday morning, with one of the last few spots at Championships at stake. A close, back and forth game was decided in the final jam as Minnesota’s jammer broke free for lead status and called off the jam 0-0, holding the final score at 146-144 in Minnesota’s favor.

2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

Coming up this weekend: the annual Big O Invitational in Eugene, Oregon (USA). While there have already been a few high-level tournaments already this season, this has become one of the most highly anticipated WFTDA Recognized Tournaments since it’s the first time we see many of the top-ranked teams back on the track each year.

There will be a few exciting rematches from last year, some new teams to watch, and plenty of roller derby on three tracks for three days. Are you ready?

Keep on reading for a quick briefing on the WFTDA and Junior teams in attendance. You can also check out our coverage of the MRDA briefing by Muckety Muck, as well as some tournament survival tips for fans by Sean Hale. Streaming of all three tracks will be done through WFTDA.tv and all WFTDA rankings are from today’s April 30th release.