No Coast Derby Girls

11th Place: #11 Columbia Quad Squad Blows Over #9 No Coast Derby Girls, 167-156

11th Place: #11 Columbia Quad Squad Blows Over #9 No Coast Derby Girls, 167-156 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In the battle for 11th place, #11 Columbia QuadSquad faced off with #9 No Coast Derby Girls in a game that can only be described as whiplash-inducing. From the start, both teams exchanged lead repeatedly through the duration of the game, sometimes multiple times in the same jam. It was unclear who would take this fierce, penalty-heavy game as these teams were extraordinarily evenly matched. This was the case through the very last jam, but Columbia ultimately clinched victory, winning 167-156.

#4 Jet City flies over #9 No Coast, 182-163

#4 Jet City flies over #9 No Coast, 182-163 Photo credit: Joe Mac

Game 17, between #44-ranked Jet City and #49-ranked No Coast started out with two leads by No Coast followed by a point swing by Jet City. Jet City then held the lead for the rest of the game, but No Coast was sure to make them work for it.

Jammer penalties kept No Coast from making much traction in the first half. But strong and consistent jamming by Slam carried them through the second half, almost to victory. Jet City’s commitment to offense and capitalization of power jams kept them on top, and after a tough battle, Jet City knocked No Coast out of the tournament with a win of 182-163.

#16 Dublin takes down #9 No Coast, 166-165

#16 Dublin takes down #9 No Coast, 166-165 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

In their first game on Friday, #49-ranked No Coast was able to pull away from #48 Ohio and stay in control, leading to their 72-point win. Their scoring was not spread evenly among their jammers, however, as Slam took the track and the weight of scoring for their second game, having already scored 119 points that day. #58 Dublin had a wider, more consistent jammer rotation which helped them put up big points at crucial moments.

Meeting for the last game of the day on Track 1, No Coast and Dublin played the closest, most exciting game of the day with a spot at Championships on the line. After three lead changes, the game came down to the final seconds of the game, and Dublin was able to steal the win by one point, 166-165.

#9 No Coast Derby Girls take down #8 Ohio Roller Derby, 215-143

#9 No Coast Derby Girls take down #8 Ohio Roller Derby, 215-143 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography

The last time these two teams met, #8 seed Ohio Roller Derby took down #9 seed No Coast by around 30 points. But this time, No Coast was clearly not about to relive that experience, taking charge of the game and keeping Ohio in a large deficit for most of play. Heavy penalty counts on both sides led to a few foul outs, and Ohio’s 15 jammer penalties greatly affected their scoring ability.

Ohio turned their lead jam percentage around in the second half, but 119 total points by No Coast’s Slam kept Ohio from digging too far out of their deficit. No Coast remained in control and took the win, 215-143.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Madison Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Madison Central Photo credit: Sean Hale.

The final 2016 International WFTDA Playoff tournament in Madison, Wisconsin will decide the final three Division 1 teams that will attend Championships along with London, Texas, and Montréal from D1 Montréal; Rose City, Denver, and Jacksonville from D1 Columbia; and Victoria, Angel City, and Rat City from D1 Vancouver. After the award ceremony on Sunday, WFTDA will also announce seeding for the Champs bracket in Portland, Oregon this November.