Stockholm Roller Derby

D1M: #7 Stockholm rolls past #9 Kallio, 184-166

D1M: #7 Stockholm rolls past #9 Kallio, 184-166 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – If you had only watched the first quarter of the game, it would have seemed #20-ranked Stockholm had firm control of scoring and was going to run away with the game. Over an initial 13 jams, #29-ranked Kallio was only able to gather ten points to 48 by Stockholm. But then Kallio surged forward and, after holding a brief lead, were down by just 12 points going into the halftime break.

Kallio actually ended up with a slight lead status advantage in each half and did better with total penalties overall. However, they were never able to get those advantages to pay off with points, to take the game lead back from Stockholm – while they did close the gap, they fell short by the time the clock ran out. Inevitably, Stockholm took their second win of their weekend of three games, beating Kallio 184-166.

D1M: #2 Denver takes flight over #7 Stockholm, 330-152

D1M: #2 Denver takes flight over #7 Stockholm, 330-152 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – With the added oomph of Scald Eagle under their wings, Denver is a team to beat this playoff weekend. Despite their best efforts to topple the soaring team, Stockholm was unable to take the wind out from under them. Denver came out of this second game for Saturday with a solid win, 330-152.

D1M: #7 Stockholm cleans up #10 Terminal City, 197-145

D1M: #7 Stockholm cleans up #10 Terminal City, 197-145 Photo credit: Marko Niemelä Photography. facebook.com/punkmarkophotos/

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – Malmö playoffs so far have been full of out-of-the-gate underdog power. The 6pm game between #7 Stockholm Roller Derby and #10 Terminal City Rollergirls was no exception.

Terminal City is no stranger to intense weekend play, having completed three games at The Big O and four games at Golden Bowl this year. Meanwhile, Stockholm is not short on tournament play this season either, having played in Anarchy in the UK and the Kallio FINvitational, along with crossing the ocean to play three games in the United States this season.

Stockholm jumped into a 57-point lead after two big jams early on, and Terminal City wasn’t able to bridge the gap. Stockholm took the win, 197-145.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central Photo credit: Regularman Photography. www.regularmanphotography.com

We are now entering weekend number five for WFTDA Playoffs, and the third Division 1 tournament. Half of the D1 Championships bracket is already filled out, and the top three finishers of this weekend will join London, Texas, Montréal, Rose City, Denver, and Jacksonville in Portland this November. If you want to see how those teams punched their tickets, read up on the games from Montréal and Columbia.

To read more about the ten teams attending the Playoff tournament this weekend browse our Vancouver preview.

D1V: #8 Stockholm demolishes #7 Sacred City, 252-109

D1V: #8 Stockholm demolishes #7 Sacred City, 252-109 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

VANCOUVER, BC – The 7th place bracket was awarded to Stockholm, as they finish very close to last year’s 7th place win in D1 Dallas. This showing was a bit different, though, as Stockholm Roller Derby’s All-Stars showcased offensive maneuvers and especially beautiful jamming footwork.

Despite Sacred City having shown why they are a tough 28th ranking in the WFTDA, their 8th place win in the tournament is not a reflection in their attitude throughout the weekend. Stockholm cheerfully accepted their opponents with graceful respect in a win over the Sacrifiers 252 to 109.