St. Paul

2015 WFTDA Champs Central

2015 WFTDA Champs Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

The 2015 WFTDA Championships have come and gone, and 12 Division 1 teams and 4 Division 2 teams are all gathered at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota to decide the Champions of each Division. If you need to catch up on how all the teams got there, read up on Kansas City and Demolition City’s history in Cleveland, or Nashville and Sacred City’s success in Detroit. Catch up on D1’s Victoria, Bay Area, and Arch Rival from Tucson; London, Jacksonville, and Denver from Jacksonville; Rose City, Texas, and Rat City from Dallas; and Gotham, Angel City, and Minnesota from Omaha.

D2 Champs 1st Place: Sacred City turns the tables on Nashville, 211-163

D2 Champs 1st Place: Sacred City turns the tables on Nashville, 211-163 Photo credit Donna Olmstead Photography.

ST. PAUL, MN– The D2 Championship was a rematch between the Sacred City Sacrificers and the Nashville Music City All Stars. These teams faced each other during the playoff season in Detroit, MI where Nashville took the win and claimed first place. There were definite similarities between the Playoff game and the Championship game, as both games were penalty heavy, for blockers and jammers alike. This time Nashville earned 44 penalties, 10 of which were jammer penalties, and Sacred took 46 trips to the box–9 by jammers.

Though both teams struggled to keep all their skaters on the track, Sacred City’s jammers overpowered Nashville in the end, avenging their previous loss with a victory of 211-163, to earn the title of 2015 D2 Champions.

D1 Champs 3rd Place: Victoria Unsettles London, 122-99.

D1 Champs 3rd Place: Victoria Unsettles London, 122-99. Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography.

ST. PAUL, MN – In a game that was tense and close for the first half of play, and then started to feel inevitably in Victoria’s hands by the final quarter, blocker penalties and sheer braced intensity ultimately decided the fate of the game. Victoria showed the world that the tables had shifted since the last time the two teams met in Champs play last year, when London took home the win. In the end, Victoria claimed the win in this game, with a score of 122-99, leaving the tournament with 3rd place and becoming the first non-U.S. team to medal at WFTDA Championships.

D2 Champs 3rd Place: Demolition City squeaks past Kansas City, 149-139

D2 Champs 3rd Place: Demolition City squeaks past Kansas City, 149-139 Photo by Danforth Johnson.

ST. PAUL, MN– The last time Kansas City and Demolition City matched up it looked a bit different. The KC Roller Warriors were ranked #45 at Playoffs in Cleveland while Demolition City was #50, and they were playing for 1st. Now playing for 3rd Place in Division 2 overall, their rosters varied from before; no tournament MVP Bruz-Her on skates for KC and Dynamite Doll’s jammer Lickety-Splint hadn’t skated all weekend. Demo’s Playoff performance also pushed them up 21 places in the rankings to #29 while Kansas City rose to #34.

In Cleveland, Demolition City scored the first points before Kansas City took over a quarter of the way in, and held a short lead until they won by 29 points. This time however, Kansas City took the first 3 points, then Demolition City tied it with 3 of their own and they held the lead until it got traded back and forth in the final quarter of the game. Lead calls and penalties were a problem for KC, and when Bambi ThumpHer got lead and Track Rat sat in the box in the final minutes, Demolition City added 10 points and ran out the clock for their 3rd Place win, 149-139.

D1 Champs: Rose City takes London, 166-154

D1 Champs: Rose City takes London, 166-154 Photo credit Quick'N'Derby

ST. PAUL, MN – It was evident throughout this game that #2 Rose City had woken up early this morning to take notes on #3 London’s game against Angel City earlier. The Wheels of Justice used that knowledge to strategically work the clock and seal off boundary lines while providing proper offense for their jammers. Unlike the previous slow and dense packwork of the Victoria and Texas game, this was a hard-hitting and chaotic game.

London played a much cleaner game than their morning match-up, and picked up more lead jammer statuses as the game went on, but Rose denied them from translating that into major points. Despite outscoring Rose in the second half and earning a 63% lead status, London ultimately came up short in the semi-final round, falling to Rose City by 12 points.