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2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Central Photo credit: Juan Paden.

This weekend’s tournament in Montréal will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Playoffs and start the road towards the Hydra. This is the most internationally diverse bracket with teams representing the United States, Canada, England, Finland, and Australia. This will be Kallio Rolling Rainbow’s debut in WFTDA post season, and you can learn more about how they got this far here. For a quick round up of the teams and their initial match ups, check out our Montréal preview.

D1M 9th Place: #8 Sun State swarms #7 Kallio, 155-148

D1M 9th Place: #8 Sun State swarms #7 Kallio, 155-148 Photo credit: Matthew Becker Photography.

MONTRÉAL, QC – #8 Sun State (overall rank #29) overtook #7 Kallio (overall rank #27) in a closely matched game for 9th place. While the game began, as so many have this tournament, with a quick lead by Sun State, Kallio mounted a comeback late in the first half. They were not able to shut down Sun State however, even after they made some adjustments to their offensive approach. Sun State powered through the last half and came away with an emotional win, 155-148 for 9th place at the 2016 D1 International WFTDA Playoffs in Montréal.

D1M: #6 Boston barely lands #8 Sun State, 172-171

D1M: #6 Boston barely lands #8 Sun State, 172-171 Photo credit Matthew Becker

MONTREAL, QC – After each team succumbed to a loss yesterday, both #6 Boston and #8 Sun State entered this game with some real hunger for a win. The game played out exactly as you might expect from two teams this closely ranked, right down to the breathtaking final few minutes of play in which a key Boston lead grab by Maya Mangleyou against opposing jammer Jambi gave the team just enough to grab a single point win in the end, 172-171.

D1M: #9 Detroit outlasts #8 Sun State, 204-180

D1M: #9 Detroit outlasts #8 Sun State, 204-180 Photo Credit Matthew Becker
MONTREAL, QC – In game 2 of the first Division 1 bracket, #8 Sun State Roller Girls’ Swarm (Brisbane, AU) met #9 Detroit Derby Girls All-Stars to decide which team would advance to face #1 London later in game 5.

Sun State, coming off a 3-2 win/loss over the season, may have been ranked higher, but Detroit was afforded 5 more power jams over the course of the game. The team ultimately used this advantage, along with their experience (despite the notable absence of Sarah Hipel who reportedly was unable to travel), to win the game 204-180.

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Preview

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Montréal Preview Photo credit: Marko Niemelä Photography.

After two exciting Division 2 weekends full of upsets, the Division 1 tournaments will begin in Montréal – notably the first time a D1 tournament has been held outside the United States. There is also plenty of international variety within the bracket, five different countries will be represented with London holding the top seed – which makes this the most international D1 playoff tournament yet!

With teams traveling long distances to participate, many of them have had short seasons due to financial limitations, giving them the potential to surprise their competitors. History has proved that we won’t likely see a #7 seed make it all the way to the Championship game on Sunday, like in the D2 brackets that have just happened, but anything really is possible here. The top three placing teams will, of course, get a spot at Championships in Portland this November.