Tri-City Roller Derby

2016 WFTDA D2 Playoffs: Lansing Central

The first WFTDA Division 2 tournament took place last weekend in Wichita, Kansas, and resulted in Brandywine taking first place over Blue Ridge. Both those teams will be heading to Portland, Oregon, in November to take on the top two finishers of this tournament for their ultimate Division 2 placements. See how each team got to Playoffs this season with our D2 Lansing preview.

D2L 5th Place: #8 Bear City wins rematch against #9 Tri-City, 177-153

D2L 5th Place: #8 Bear City wins rematch against #9 Tri-City, 177-153 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LANSING, MI – The rematch between Canada and Germany came with excitement and fervor as the 5th place game concluded with a revenge-seeking quality from 59th ranked Tri-City Thunder that came crashing down at the end of the contest with the 56th ranked Berlin Bombshells playing the long game to win it 177 to 153.

D2L: #9 Tri-City lethally ‘ejects’ #2 Sac City, 223-164

D2L: #9 Tri-City lethally ‘ejects’ #2 Sac City, 223-164 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LANSING, MI – In the quest for a spot in the fifth place game at the D2 tournament in Michigan, WFTDA #59 ranked Tri-City took on the #44 ranked Sac City in one of the most loosely played games of the day. If you were looking for a beautiful ‘pagoda that perpetually populates penalties’, as directly quoted from announcer Lightning Slim, then you would have been in the right place. The #2 seed fell to the #9 seed, adding to the tournament’s growing list of upsets with Tri-City on top, 223 to 164.

D2L: #9 Tri-City Thunder brings the boom to #6 Nidaros, 167-164

D2L: #9 Tri-City Thunder brings the boom to #6 Nidaros, 167-164 Photo by Danforth Johnson

LANSING, MI – The breakfast club gathered early this morning to enjoy a nail-biter match up between #6 seeded Norway’s Nidaros Roller Derby All Stars and Canada’s Tri-City Thunder with the #9 seed. Both teams suffered their first losses in Day 1 of the tournament and had some cleaning up to do as they faced their new opponents as the Day 2 opener proved to be a spectacle of foot work and lateral movement. Tri-City came away with the win over Nidaros, 167 to 164, with a chance to take the 5th place spot later on in the tourney.

D2L: #8 Bear City rocks #9 Tri-City Thunder, 235-140

D2L: #8 Bear City rocks #9 Tri-City Thunder, 235-140 Photo by Danforth Johnson

LANSING, MI – The second International WFTDA Division 2 Playoff kicked off with Bear City (8) of Berlin, Germany and Tri-City (9) of Kitchener, Ontario. Bear City had a mixed bag of big wins and losses the MidWest BrewHaHa tournament earlier in the season. With the loss of Master Blaster, many were curious whether they would continue to keep up on the world stage. Tri-City came to the tournament with a season of reasonable wins and losses, mostly against teams close to them in rankings. Bear City’s cohesive play locked out Tri-City, 235-140.