Wasatch Roller Derby

D1D: #6 Queen City dominates #12 Wasatch, 270-77

D1D: #6 Queen City dominates #12 Wasatch, 270-77 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson

DALLAS, TX – To get this far, Queen City first beat Houston 195-104 on Friday and then faced a tough Arch Rival the following day. They came prepared, however and decided to go long early on, scoring 123 points to ARCH’s 339. Their strategic minds carried into their game today against Wasatch, with smart call offs and clock management.

Wasatch came into this tournament ranked #40, just barely getting pulled into Divison 1 after two years of attending D2 Playoffs. Their first game was against #5 seed Atlanta on Friday, losing 415-68 and giving them a day of rest between games. Struggling to score early on, Wasatch found some momentum towards the middle of the game but fell to Queen City 270-77.

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68

D1D: #5 Atlanta takes out #12 Wasatch, 415-68 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

DALLAS, TX – The new 12-team structure at Division 1 playoffs is lending itself to a couple of large margin games on day one. The first of the Dallas tournament was #5 Atlanta Rollergirls (#13 in WFTDA rankings) versus #12 Wasatch Roller Derby (#40 in WFTDA rankings). The resulting game was probably exactly as you would expect: excellent work from both teams, but one team simply dominated.

Wasatch jammers #8 Sookie Slaphouse and #00 Carpe Jugulum demonstrated impressive footwork and body maneuvers to get through the Atlanta blockers. Atlanta is known for their defensive structure’s uncompromising power from vets #21 Blaque Jac and #76 Queen Loseyateefa. Although Wasatch only put up one point in the first seven jams, it speaks volumes of their jammers and offensive switch to say that Atlanta only scored an average of 3.4 points per JAM in those first seven. Atlanta still ran away with the score, however, and took the win 415-68.

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 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194

D2L 3rd Place: #1 Charm City Sneaks By #3 Wasatch, 197-194 Photo credit Juan Paden.

LANSING, MI – After a weekend full of upsets, the 3rd place game in Lansing brought together the #1 and #3 seeds, Charm City All Stars and Wasatch Roller Midnight Terror respectively. From the very first jam, it was clear this was going to be a closely matched game in both skill and determination. There was a nearly even split on lead jammer status from both teams, and with most jams only yielding a handful of points and not lasting the full two minutes, this was an exciting battle for fans and players alike.

After a continual back and forth of lead change after lead change, and strong defense and consistent jamming by each team, Charm City clenched the win in the last few seconds, and took third place overall in the Lansing D2 playoffs.

D2L: #7 Charlottesville boxes in #3 Wasatch, 233-146

D2L: #7 Charlottesville boxes in #3 Wasatch, 233-146 Photo credit: Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

LANSING, MI – In the final contest to decide which team would punch their tickets to Portland, Game 12 featured #3 Wasatch Roller Derby taking on #7 Charlottesville Derby Dames. Wasatch headed into the semi-finals as the remaining top seed to hold their position, while the other top two teams were upset earlier in the day.

Charlottesville, having upset #2 Sac City on day one, took the track with the hope they could repeat their performance and best the #3 to take a guaranteed spot to Championships. With the tournament featuring so many upsets, it seemed reasonable that the game could go either way, but what wound up being a rout of penalties for the higher seed gave birth to another unexpected win for Charlottesville, sending them on their first trip to Championships.