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D1V: #10 Arizona holds down #6 Naptown, 197-142

D1V: #10 Arizona holds down #6 Naptown, 197-142 Photo credit: Joe Mac

VANCOUVER, CA – The first game of Sunday morning brought together the #6 seed Naptown Roller Girls against Arizona Roller Derby. The Arizona Tent City Terrors were fighting to improve their tenth place entry to Vancouver, while the Tornado Sirens fought to stop the slide from their six place start.

While the teams hadn’t met since Skate to Thrill in April 2015, that battle had come out 262-115 in favor of the Terrors which seemed a fairly reasonable predictor of this game, ultimately. Strong recycling and blazing fast lateral jammer skills would propel Arizona to a repeat 197-142, as they secured a 9th place exit from the tournament.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Preview

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Preview Photo credit: Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography

This coming weekend in Vancouver will be a bracket full of teams who have their eyes on the prize: the top three exit spots. Yes, that could be said of every tournament weekend, but this particular playoff has a number of teams that are particularly motivated to make it to the top.

Hosts, Terminal City, will be looking to prove themselves to their home fans. Stockholm is going to want to represent Europe in the top 12. Victoria is likely to be interested in both validating their epic travel miles by earning a bye into the Champs bracket, and prove that their WFTDA #2 ranking is no joke. Philly will be wanting to return to Champs after missing out on a trip last year for the first time in the history of WFTDA play. And #4 seed Rat City is going to want to prove that they can repeat their win earlier in the year against #2 Angel City, while ACDG is looking to show that that was a fluke game.

In fact, all of the teams involved will have fires lit under them. This should be an interesting weekend. May we live in interesting times.

2016 Midwest BrewHaHa Central

2016 Midwest BrewHaHa Central Photo credit: Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

This weekend, June 3rd-5th, the Brewcity Bruisers are hosting the 7th annual Midwest BrewHaHa in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This tournament is typically one that attracts Midwest teams, but this year it also includes teams representing Germany, Australia, and Canada. There will be Women, Men and Juniors played  games on 2 tracks starting at 10:45am CDT Friday until 8:30pm CDT Sunday evening. You can catch the games online right here.

February WFTDA Rankings and Beyond

February WFTDA Rankings and Beyond Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

The WFTDA posted their February 29th rankings. This month shows no movement in teams 1-39, but that won’t be the case by the end of the month as many teams are kicking off the start of the season with a tournament. Leagues are slowly coming out of the ‘off season’ or wrapping up their home team season, so there have yet to be many competitive, sanctioned games to really have an impact on the rankings.

The last we saw about WFTDA rankings it was November 30th and we were just cooling off from the excitement of Championships in St. Paul. Let’s take a look at who is already causing a stir in 2016, and what sanctioned events are on the horizon to mix things up further.

2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Detroit Central

2015 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Detroit Central Photo by Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

WFTDA Division 2 playoffs continue in Detroit, Michigan, where 10 more teams will battle it out for the top 2 spots. The 1st and 2nd place teams will advance to Champs in St. Paul this November, and will take on both Kansas City (#45) and Demolition City (#50) to decide the placement of the top 4 D2 teams.

Return here all weekend long for your central update for scores, links to game recaps, and more! To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.