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2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes 1st over #50 Brandywine, 257-188

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #43 Blue Ridge takes 1st over #50 Brandywine, 257-188 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – The 2016 D2 Championship featured a rematch from Playoffs of #43 Blue Ridge against #50 Brandywine, in a game that would be decided by penalties, and result in an eventual strong win by the hands of Blue Ridge. Despite a strong start by Brandywine, Blue Ridge asserted control after several power jams in the first half of the initial period to open the door for multiple-scoring pass jams to take and keep the lead.

The turning point of the period was a 16-0 jam posted by D2 tournament MVP Dr. Octopushy for Blue Ridge, on a boxed Lurz Lemon from Brandywine to take the lead by one point and not relinquish it for the duration of the contest. While Brandywine demonstrated a staunch defense, ultimately they had to dig deep into their jamming rotation after primary jammer Lurz Lemon was ejected after an egregious low block 20 minutes into the game.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City endures against #2 Victoria, 155-152

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City endures against #2 Victoria, 155-152 Photo credit: Dave Wood Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – The last game on Saturday night of the 2016 International WFTDA Championships brought together the hosts and reigning world champions, Rose City Wheels of Justice, and The Victoria All-Stars of Melbourne, VIC for the second time this season. The two teams met at The Big O where Victoria brought home the win in a narrow 12-point game while they were both without one of their top scoring jammers; Loren Mutch for Rose City and Christy Demons for VRDL.

Both teams came into Champs with a strong season behind them. Victoria had an undefeated 4-0 season which was all played at The Big O, while Rose City had a 6-1 season with four of those wins being by more than 100 points. On Saturday, the tension continued to build until the final jam when Rose City pulled back ahead and took the win 155-152.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98 Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – In the third quarterfinal game of the day we got our first glimpse of #2 ranked Victoria this weekend while #10 Jacksonville returned to the track after beating Minnesota by 49 points yesterday. Jacksonville’s defense rivaled Victoria at times, leading to slow, pushing jams with jammers stuck in respective braced tripods. It was Victoria’s good sense of pack and speed control combined with excellent line coverage kept Jacksonville’s scoring to a minimum, giving VRDL the win 231-98.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #10 Jacksonville jumps past #9 Minnesota, 207-158

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #10 Jacksonville jumps past #9 Minnesota, 207-158 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – Jacksonville and Minnesota took each other on earlier this year, and New Jax City came away from that game with a 23-point win at home. In this Championship tournament game, it was a close battle with seven lead changes and two tied scores, but a strong push in the final ten minutes helped Jacksonville to victory.

With strong blocking on both sides, it almost seemed like the teams’ jammers were going for an apex jumping contest, with big air by both MNRG’s Brickyard and Jacksonville’s Jamsterella. Jacksonville’s stronger jammer rotation pulled them through, however. Eventually, after backing Minnesota in a corner with penalties, Jacksonville took the win, 207-158.

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1

2016 WFTDA Champs: D1 Preview – Day 1 Photo credit: Phantom Photographics.

The 2016 WFTDA Championship tournament is taking place in Portland, Oregon and is hosted by reigning champions the Rose City Rollers. As a #1 seed for Division 1, they get a bye on Friday which means that all of the D1 #2 and #3 seeds battle it out on the first day for a spot in the quarter final round on Saturday. After the Division 2 semi-final games, D1 will start up and the first day is looking to be a series of good match ups.