Montreal Roller Derby

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 London takes down #9 Montréal, 231-152

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #8 London takes down #9 Montréal, 231-152 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – This was the third game for  #9-ranked Montréal this weekend after an exciting opening game against Crime City where the New Skids won by just four points, and then took a tough 253-99 loss against Victoria the same day. #8 London had a similar deficit against Arch Rival on Friday, losing to the St. Louis team 225-82.

Both London and Montréal were the first for their respective countries to make it to WFTDA Playoffs, and it was the New Skids who gave Brawling their first sanctioned game at Anarchy in the UK in 2011. That first meeting was the only time Montréal beat the Europeans, and, with today’s 231-152 win, London has beaten the team six times since then. Today was the 6th in that series, with a final score in favor of London, 231-152.

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #9 Montréal Skids past #12 Crime City, 133-129 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – In the first game of the tournament Crime City was sure to make a statement in their debut performance at Championships. The #9-ranked Montréal New Skids on the Block took 3rd Place in Seattle while #12 Crime City finished 4th in Malmö. The crowd seemed to have a large Canadian presence, cheering on each of Montréal’s small victories, but Crime City kept taking the momentum back. With the score tied up with under five minutes left, this game was uncertain down to the very last jam.

Crime City won lead percentage for the game at an average of 52.6% but Montréal took hold of the game in the final quarter of play. Both teams had very consistent halves with the same amount of penalties and nearly the same amount of points in each period. The New Skids took a slight edge, however, and even with Falcon Punch taking a seat in the penalty box in the final seconds of the game, Montréal won 133-129.

D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154

D1S: # 14 Montréal bests #10 Bay Area, 203-154 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – The first game of Day 2 at the WFTDA D1 Playoffs showcased a familiar matchup between Montréal and Bay Area. Montréal beat Bay Area at last years playoffs, cutting BAD’s post season short as the win propelled Montréal to Champs. While Bay Area’s roster saw significant changes during the offseason, history repeated itself, as Montréal knocked BAD into the consolation bracket, winning 203-154.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

September 1st through the 3rd will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Tournament season in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. After the massive 30-game tournament that was Division 2 two weeks ago, this weekend will conclude after 16 games played by 12 teams. While overall D1 was reduced to three brackets, each was expanded by two more teams which will mean that some teams will only end up playing two games this year.

While perhaps a little more predictable, Division 1 tournaments consist of the top teams in WFTDA, and as the sport grows, there’s always room for surprises. This year, the top four teams will make it out of the weekend alive and attend Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch this tournament on WFTDA.tv and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #4 Angel City has no carbs against #19 Montréal, 217-116 Photo credit Regularman

PORTLAND, OR – After a hotly contested first twenty or so minutes of play, starting with what seemed like a solid lead claim from Montréal and then riddled with tense game lead switches, Angel City clamped down on defense, resulting in a widening lead differential for ACDG into the half-time break.

The second period was defined by Angel City’s blocking game, as they only occasionally allowed Montréal jammers to score, even with lead status, and ACDG added crucial offensive assists to get their jammers out and scoring rapidly. The team sailed in with a clear 217-116 win.