Tucson Roller Derby

5th Place: #2 Tucson edges past #4 Jet City, 194-183

5th Place: #2 Tucson edges past #4 Jet City, 194-183 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

The day of 2017 re-matches continued with two powerhouse teams, #42-ranked Tucson Saddletramps and #44 Jet City Bombers, facing off at 4pm EDT on Sunday to take home the 5th place spot. At Besterns in June, Tucson found themselves defeated by Jet City 209-119. With both teams having agile jammers and strong shapes of defense, predictions for this game were all over.

#2 Tucson squeaks past #11 Columbia, 125-123

#2 Tucson squeaks past #11 Columbia, 125-123 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In a tournament of upsets, it’s no surprise that the game between the #2 seed Tucson Saddletramps and #11 seed Columbia Quad Squad ended up being a tennis match of points and lead status designations. There were four lead changes in the first half alone, and a flurry of (failed) apex jumps. The first half was split nearly down the middle when it came to gameplay domination and jammer advantage: Tucson had 11 lead jam statuses and Columbia had 14. Columbia earned 76 points while Tucson gained 70.

Columbia came into this game with their biggest loss of the weekend thus far coming at the hands of #3 Paris Rollergirls. The QuadSquad came in looking to upend another high ranked team by their trademark overpowering. The Saddletramps, armed with speed control, was not ready to let Columbia take home another upset, especially after losing to #7 Boston earlier in the day.

#7 Boston takes down #2 Tucson, 196-110

#7 Boston takes down #2 Tucson, 196-110 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

The first jam of Game 14 set the tone with tough defense and hard hits. As things progressed, Boston’s ability to earn lead status more often allowed them to control the game and push their lead to a comfortable zone. Tucson fought tooth and nail for every point, but nine total jammer penalties ultimately hurt their scoring chances.

Advancing to the final game on Track 2 today at 8:30pm EDT, Boston defeated Tucson, 196-110.

#2 Tucson Saddletramp the #15 E-Ville Dead, 250-149

#2 Tucson Saddletramp the #15 E-Ville Dead, 250-149 Photo credit Sean Hale

#15 seed, E-Ville Roller Derby out of Edmonton, Canada faced off for the first time at WFTDA International Playoff at 230pm on Friday against an old standard of the WFTDA: #2 seeded Tucson Roller Derby. E-Ville made their debut thanks to a strong showing at Mayhem Tournament, where their fast game and unapologetic blocking dominated the bracketed tournament. In the end, experience seemed to triumph, as Tucson took the game 250-149.

D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119

D2W: #6 Tucson divides and conquers #5 Kansas City, 223-119 Photo credit: Benma Photography.

WICHITA, KS – The 7th place game played out between #6 seed Tucson Roller Derby and #5 seed Kansas City Roller Warriors, two teams who had been on the wrong side of last minute upsets earlier in the weekend.

Although it proved a hard-hitting game with numerous pile-ups, both teams lost their game faces during time outs (also numerous) and seemed friendly with each other.

#51 ranked Tucson built a solid lead from the start and finished the tournament in 7th place after a 223-119 win against #50 Kansas City.

The two main successes to Tucson’s victory were offense and Kansas City’s jammer penalties, which came at a rapid pace in the beginning. Getting outscored 120-46 in the first half, Kansas City’s penalties and not offering offense off the line left them few opportunities to score, and despite better second half stats, they couldn’t catch up to Tucson.