Tucson

Tuscon in the rear view mirror

Tuscon in the rear view mirror Two of your DC editors in 'action'. Photo credit Photography by D.E.sign, Donalee Eiri

TUCSON, AZ – Location of the first of the D1 playoffs, and of many fresh memories for the DC team, here’s our weekend in the rear view mirror. (Literally. One of our editors made the drive from California).

2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Tucson Central

2015 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Tucson Central Photo by Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography

The first of Division 1 playoffs takes place in Tucson Arizona, hosted by Tucson Roller Derby. 10 teams will hit the track to battle for the top 3 spots that will head to Championships in St. Paul, Minnesota. Return here all weekend long for your central update for scores, links to game recaps, and more. To watch the games live, go to WFTDA.tv.

D1T 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival Outrivals #4 Rocky Mountain, 224-185

D1T 3rd Place: #3 Arch Rival Outrivals #4 Rocky Mountain, 224-185 Photo by Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

TUCSON, AZ – This was a game ultimately decided by the high numbers of jammer penalties, like many of the games this weekend, and resulting power jam control of the scoring handing Rocky a slim extra few opportunities that they quickly added up in the first half. The second suddenly turned in Arch Rival’s favor, as they clamped down on their penalties and pushed Rocky into more, claiming more leads and regular double digit additions to prove their seeding for the tournament and take 3rd place and a first time ticket to Champs, 224-185.

D1T 7th Place: #6 Team United Surpasses #5 Charm City, 191-165

D1T 7th Place: #6 Team United Surpasses #5 Charm City, 191-165 Photo by Donna Olmstead Photography. facebook.com/donnaOphoto

TUCSON,AZ- #6 Team United (#22) and #5 Charm City (#19) took the track for the 7th place game, and both found themselves fighting for a lower finish, due to penalties taking control of their previous games. That pitfall in their performances continued throughout this match up, and they handed the momentum off to each other like a baton, as one or the other found themselves in a penalty trap.

Charm City took an early lead, but things tightened up in the second quarter of the game, and stayed that way with repeat small points swings in each direction. Team United pushed ahead when it mattered, however, and in the last jam with Niki Cash seated in the box, they confirmed their first playoff placement at 7th place, 191-165.

D1T: #7 Terminal City Executes #6 Team United, 196-171

D1T: #7 Terminal City Executes #6 Team United, 196-171 Photo by Regularman

TUCSON, AZ – Game 10 was a closely fought game with lead swapping and frequently speeding packs, as well as jammer penalty troubles haunting both teams, and Terminal City finally wound up with the win against Des Moines’ Team United, 196-171.