Victorian Roller Derby League

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria grounds #5 Denver, 287-65

2017 WFTDA D1 Champs: #1 Victoria grounds #5 Denver, 287-65 Photo credit: Derby With Recess. facebook.com/DerbyWithRecess

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Both #1-ranked Victorian Roller Derby League and #5 Denver Roller Derby won their games yesterday to get here, and each proved something in their initial performances. Against Montréal, Victoria showed what a machine they could be defensively, but also that they can be penalty prone. Denver justified their round one bye after taking #4 Angel City out 196-166, but also that Scald Eagle’s scoring ability led that force.

VRDL and the Mile High Club hadn’t played each other since the 2015 Big O where Victoria won 150-115. This time around Denver could barely score and Victoria took them out by 222 points, a bigger spread than what they had with #9 Montréal. The Aussies attacked every vulnerability that Denver showed, and killed their Mile Hydra dream with a 287-65 victory.

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50

D1D 1st Place: #1 VRDL claims gold, #2 Texas walks away with silver, 193-50 Photo credit: Michele J. Hale. michelejhale.com

DALLAS, TX – The first place game between the #1 seeded Victorian Roller Derby and the #2 seeded Texas was a physical battle for points and position. The two teams hadn’t met since The Big O 2016 in Eugene, OR where VRDL won 130-114. Though Victoria earned an early lead this time around that would not be challenged throughout the game, Texas kept things interesting with aggressive- a little bit old school- defense. VRDL ended the tournament with a gold medal, 193-50 with Texas taking silver.

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36

D1D: #1 Victoria holds back #4 Minnesota, 329-36 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson.

DALLAS, TX – #1 Victorian Roller Derby League came into Division 1 Playoffs with high expectations placed upon them. They met #4 Minnesota, after both having secured their spots at Philadelphia Championships. The math suggested that Victorian was going to handle Minnesota, but Minnesota’s defense wasn’t going to let VRDL go through unscathed.

2016 D1 WFTDA Champs: #2 Victoria wins the bronze over #5 London, 198-108

2016 D1 WFTDA Champs: #2 Victoria wins the bronze over #5 London, 198-108 Photo credit Quick'N'Derby

PORTLAND, OR – Victorian Roller Derby League and London Rollergirls have a shared championship history that goes back to 2014 in Nashville, TN, where London won 173-142. That game marked the first time two international teams faced off at a WFTDA Championship. Victoria and London also met during the 2015 WFTDA Championships, where they played for 3rd place, making today’s match up the second time that these two teams have competed for the bronze.

Last season, Victoria was ranked #4 in the WFTDA and London was ranked at #3. VRDL won that game, 122-99, claiming 3rd place at Champs. Victoria experienced some penalty trouble early on in that game and garnered 7 jammer penalties by game end, earning a total of 26 penalties overall. Despite this, VRDL’s lead jammer status sat at 51.4% to London’s 48.6%.

Since these teams first played each other at champs in 2014, their rankings have changed. And this is the first time that VRDL enters this match up with a higher ranking, #2 in the WFTDA, than London, who is currently ranked #5.

Both teams have similar styles of play, defined by strong bracing powerquads and tripods that are able to rotate quickly to catch opposing jammers even as they cut from the outside to the inside line, but both teams took a few minutes before they were able to maintain their respective formations despite meddling from opposing blockers. Victoria steadily collected points thanks to earning a majority of the lead calls (66.7%) added to their defense’s ability to hold London’s jammer apart from their pivot, often delaying and sometimes successfully preventing the star pass. Victoria ultimately defended their bronze medal, with a win over London of 198-108.

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98

2016 WFTDA D1 Champs: #2 Victoria takes down #10 Jacksonville, 231-98 Photo credit: Regularman Photography.

PORTLAND, OR – In the third quarterfinal game of the day we got our first glimpse of #2 ranked Victoria this weekend while #10 Jacksonville returned to the track after beating Minnesota by 49 points yesterday. Jacksonville’s defense rivaled Victoria at times, leading to slow, pushing jams with jammers stuck in respective braced tripods. It was Victoria’s good sense of pack and speed control combined with excellent line coverage kept Jacksonville’s scoring to a minimum, giving VRDL the win 231-98.