Montréal New Skids on the Block

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria bests #9 Montréal, 253-99

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria bests #9 Montréal, 253-99 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – After narrowly advancing to the quarterfinals, Montréal fell to Victoria 253-99 in a defensively tough but exciting match up. Victoria controlled the game from the outset but Montréal had their own shining moments. Victoria remained disciplined and cohesive throughout the game, relying on their signature defense and trusted their jammers to navigate the pack with little assistance.

Montréal struggled to adapt to a different style of play than they faced in their previous game. They were often slow to change from offense to defense, or from regular pack play to a power jam–hesitations that hindered them from fully taking advantage of the few situations where Victoria was vulnerable.

D1S: #5 Montréal takes down #6 Rat City, 257-126

D1S: #5 Montréal takes down #6 Rat City, 257-126 Photo credit: Hellslinger (header)

SEATTLE, WA – What promised to be a close 3rd place game between two evenly matched teams turned into a heartbreaker for Rat City defined less by the players who were on the track and more by the players who weren’t. Any home-field advantage the Seattleites may have enjoyed in their upset victory over Jacksonville Friday night was erased in a perfect storm of calamity, as jammer penalties, a key ejection, and a lineup breakdown ahead of the highest-scoring jam in WFTDA playoff history proved insurmountable obstacles as Montréal’s New Skids on the Block cruised to a 257-126 victory.

D1O: #4 Montréal blows out #5 Windy City, 228-67.

D1O: #4 Montréal blows out #5 Windy City, 228-67. Photo credit Donna Olmstead

OMAHA, NE – Montréal last played Windy City at ECDX 2015 and won quite decisively, 303-97. Montréal New Skids on the Block once again took the win at the 2015 WFTDA International D1 Playoffs in Omaha, despite scoring less, 288-67. Their differential improved from 206 to 221, suggesting a stronger defense that was able to limit Windy City’s scoring.

The first half was penalty heavy on both sides, 18 for Montréal—8 of which were jammer penalties— and 20 against Windy City—6 box trips by jammers. In the second half Montréal was able to curb their jammer penalties to only 1 while Windy City earned another 6.

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha Helsinki vs. Boston at the Big O. Photo by Donalee Eiri - Photography by D.E.sign. myderbyphotos.com

Helsinki Roller Derby will travel to North America for the third time in 18 months (fourth for those who played for Team Finland during the Blood and Thunder World Cup) to compete in the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Oct 2-4. As of last year, Helsinki was grossly under-ranked, as is common for many European teams, at #137 in the WFTDA. In order to remedy that, the team traveled extensively: twice to the U.S., once to Malmö, Sweden, to participate in the inaugural WFTDA European Tournament, and most recently to the UK where they took on London in the first sanctioned game between two D1 European teams.