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2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central

2016 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Vancouver Central Photo credit: Regularman Photography. www.regularmanphotography.com

We are now entering weekend number five for WFTDA Playoffs, and the third Division 1 tournament. Half of the D1 Championships bracket is already filled out, and the top three finishers of this weekend will join London, Texas, Montréal, Rose City, Denver, and Jacksonville in Portland this November. If you want to see how those teams punched their tickets, read up on the games from Montréal and Columbia.

To read more about the ten teams attending the Playoff tournament this weekend browse our Vancouver preview.

D1V: #3 Rat City cracks #4 Philly, 134-114

D1V: #3 Rat City cracks #4 Philly, 134-114 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

VANCOUVER, BC – Rematch time. Philly Roller Derby lost their Championship invite last year for the first time since the WFTDA existed to Rat City Rollergirls. #4 Philly has been working all season to combat the rumor that they were no longer relevant, just because they had more than 10 retirements and transfers at the beginning of 2016. #3 Rat City on the other hand has been working all year to solidify their potency. Both teams approached this game hungry for Bronze, but Rat City succeeded with victory again 134-114.

D1V: #5 Terminal City contains #9 Queen City, 239-133

D1V: #5 Terminal City contains #9 Queen City, 239-133 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

VANCOUVER, CA – Terminal City maintained its #5 seeding at the fifth place game this afternoon in its hometown, holding off a challenge from their fellow border-straddlers, #9 Queen City. Queen City was coming into the game on a high following their Saturday upset of Sacred City but couldn’t quite overcome Terminal City’s deep jammer rotation and fluid blocker formations. A string of jammer penalties throttled Terminal City’s momentum in the second half, and Queen City couldn’t quite overcome their opponents’ sizable cushion on the scoreboard, falling to the host league, 239 to 133.

D1V: #8 Stockholm demolishes #7 Sacred City, 252-109

D1V: #8 Stockholm demolishes #7 Sacred City, 252-109 Photo credit: Derby With Recess.

VANCOUVER, BC – The 7th place bracket was awarded to Stockholm, as they finish very close to last year’s 7th place win in D1 Dallas. This showing was a bit different, though, as Stockholm Roller Derby’s All-Stars showcased offensive maneuvers and especially beautiful jamming footwork.

Despite Sacred City having shown why they are a tough 28th ranking in the WFTDA, their 8th place win in the tournament is not a reflection in their attitude throughout the weekend. Stockholm cheerfully accepted their opponents with graceful respect in a win over the Sacrifiers 252 to 109.

D1V: #10 Arizona holds down #6 Naptown, 197-142

D1V: #10 Arizona holds down #6 Naptown, 197-142 Photo credit: Joe Mac

VANCOUVER, CA – The first game of Sunday morning brought together the #6 seed Naptown Roller Girls against Arizona Roller Derby. The Arizona Tent City Terrors were fighting to improve their tenth place entry to Vancouver, while the Tornado Sirens fought to stop the slide from their six place start.

While the teams hadn’t met since Skate to Thrill in April 2015, that battle had come out 262-115 in favor of the Terrors which seemed a fairly reasonable predictor of this game, ultimately. Strong recycling and blazing fast lateral jammer skills would propel Arizona to a repeat 197-142, as they secured a 9th place exit from the tournament.