WFTDA 2015 D1 Playoffs

D1J: #1 London Beats Up # 8 Steel City, 408-42

D1J: #1 London Beats Up # 8 Steel City, 408-42 Photo by Louis Keiner

JACKSONVILLE, FL-London and Steel City met once before in 2011 at Anarchy in the UK. Steel City won that game, 119-79. Four years later, the teams met again, this time at the 2015 International D1 Playoffs at Jacksonville, and the story was quite different. London, the #1 seed for this Playoffs, is now ranked #4 in WFTDA and #2 according to Flat Track Stats, while Steel City came into the tournament as the #8 seed (WFTDA #29). This time, London Brawling crushed Steel Hurtin’, 408-42.

D1D 5th Place: #6 Dallas Defeats #8 Crime City, 205-109

D1D 5th Place: #6 Dallas Defeats #8 Crime City, 205-109 Photo by Danny Ngan Photography. facebook.com/dannynganphotography

DALLAS, TX—Crime City Rollers from Malmö, Sweden faced off against the host league, the Dallas Derby Devils in the 5th place game at the WFTDA D1 Playoffs in Dallas. Crime City entered the tourney seeded 8th and had already bettered their position regardless of the outcome of this game. Dallas, on the other hand, entered as the #6 seed and needed to win in order to preserve their spot. Crime City beat Ohio before losing to Rose City, which dropped them into the consolation bracket. They took on their fellow Swedes and ended up defeating Stockholm to move on to the 5th place game. Dallas’ first game was against Philly Roller Derby where they led at the half but Philly made changes at the break and beat Dallas. Dallas went on to defeat Ohio and then Sun State Roller Girls. Dallas Derby Devils won 205-109 over Crime City.

D1D: #2 Rose City Traps #4 Rat City, 287-150.

D1D: #2 Rose City Traps #4 Rat City, 287-150. Photo credit Danny Ngan

DALLAS, TX – After winning their first games of the tournament, Rat City and Rose City met to determine who would advance to the 1st place game and qualify for Champs. The battle between two top teams from the pacific northwest began a closely matched game with multiple lead changes and momentum swings. However, Rose City started to take control late in the first half and ran away with the game in the second half, finishing with a score of 287-150 and the win.

D1T 5th Place: #7 Terminal City defeats # 9 Mad Rollin’ Dolls, 252-102

D1T 5th Place: #7 Terminal City defeats # 9 Mad Rollin’ Dolls, 252-102 Photo by Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

TUCSON, AZ—The 5th place game opened heavily in Terminal City’s (WFTDA #27), favor over the Mad Rollin’ Dolls (WFTDA #35). Penalties accumulated against The Dairyland Dolls from Madison, and the 17 box trips by MRD jammers took their toll. Terminal City pounced on every opportunity and ran up a quick lead, that MRD was unable to overcome. Terminal City walked away with 5th place, 2 spots ahead of where they entered the tournament. The Mad Rollin’ Dolls will also finish above their initial seeding of 9 to claim 6th place. 

D1T: #2 Bay Areaaaaaa (#6) beats #7 Terminal City (#27), 251-77

TUCSON, AZ—Game 4 featured a slow-starting Bay Area against Terminal City and after a bit of back and forth, it ended with Bay Area firmly in control. This season has been an interesting one for Bay Area, with only 12 skaters remaining from last year’s charter and multiple transfers, BAD has taken its time to gel and make their style of play work for them. Throughout this year, Bay Area struggled more than anything to score, amd today against Terminal City Bay Area seemed to find an answer, 251-77.