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2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

Coming up this weekend: the annual Big O Invitational in Eugene, Oregon (USA). While there have already been a few high-level tournaments already this season, this has become one of the most highly anticipated WFTDA Recognized Tournaments since it’s the first time we see many of the top-ranked teams back on the track each year.

There will be a few exciting rematches from last year, some new teams to watch, and plenty of roller derby on three tracks for three days. Are you ready?

Keep on reading for a quick briefing on the WFTDA and Junior teams in attendance. You can also check out our coverage of the MRDA briefing by Muckety Muck, as well as some tournament survival tips for fans by Sean Hale. Streaming of all three tracks will be done through WFTDA.tv and all WFTDA rankings are from today’s April 30th release.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City knocks out #6 Texas, 186-172

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #3 Rose City knocks out #6 Texas, 186-172 Photo Credit: Juan Paden

PORTLAND, OR – This was both a tense and dense game for the #3 and #6 WFTDA-ranked teams, as they traded game leads throughout play, and their strategy was marked by relentless braced walls that jammers had to press through to take passes. Both teams fielded swift-footed jammers who applied unrelenting pressure on blockers, gathering every point inch by inch. But ultimately it was Rose’s blockers and their key offensive assists that earned Rose their final score advantage, and they took the win to play into the semi-final, 186-172.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #6 Texas tramples #11 Rat City, 238-50

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #6 Texas tramples #11 Rat City, 238-50 Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – When Texas last met Rat City at the Big O in Eugene, OR earlier in 2016, Texas took the win 165-122. This weekend their meeting played out slightly differently, with Texas claiming an early lead, relying on a wide style of jamming and a smooth, consistent, unrelenting defense for a second victory against Rat City in 2016,  238-50.

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.