Playoffs

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: #8 Philly rings in another win over #7 Santa Cruz, 156-106

D1D: #8 Philly rings in another win over #7 Santa Cruz, 156-106 Photo credit: Quick'N'Derby.

DALLAS, TX – The consolation game between the Philly Liberty Belles and the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells was a clash of two exceptionally disciplined defenses that never lost sight of each other. Jammers from both teams fought a war of attrition, with low scoring but long-running jams that left them either pushing against walls that wouldn’t budge or knocked out and dragged far behind the pack. Strong performances from Herrmann Monster and Buenos D. A$$ proved the deciding factor as Philly held on to defeat Santa Cruz 156-106.

D1D: #10 Dallas finishes off #9 Arizona, 183-153

D1D: #10 Dallas finishes off #9 Arizona, 183-153 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – This consolation game was the second bout of the weekend for Arizona, while it was the third game for Dallas after they beat #7 seed Santa Cruz yesterday 170-162 before falling to #2 Texas 248-89 later in the day. Arizona lost to #8 Philly first thing Friday 163-108 so they have had more than a full day to recover for this final matchup.

Arizona started with a slow creeping lead but then a 25-point jam by Bayleigh Wheat opened things up for Dallas to take the lead and never look back. It was otherwise a very well matched, aggressive game with Arizona actually winning the second half in points and lead percentage. With more consistency in the Dallas jammer lineup, their defense was able to shut down Luz Chaos and keep larger scoring jams to a minimum. Dallas finished out the weekend with another seeding upset, 153-183 over Arizona.

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123

D1D: #3 Arch Rival controls #6 Queen City, 339-123 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The final Championship Qualifying game of the 2017 WFTDA Playoff season saw Queen City go into pre-emptive damage control mode in an attempt to limit Arch Rival’s score margin. Arch Rival’s superior cohesion and deep jammer rotation won the day, however, giving Arch Rival a 339-123 victory and ensuring their spot at Championships in November.

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.