WFTDA Champs

WFTDA Champs Mix: Victory Edition

WFTDA Champs Mix: Victory Edition Photo by Brangwyn Jones. www.brangwyn.ca

This year’s WFTDA Championships was an amazing experience for many reasons. From the closely played games to the roaring crowd, the atmosphere was electric. Supplementing that awesomeness was a roller derby soundtrack by DJ Agent Meow.

2015 WFTDA Champs Central

2015 WFTDA Champs Central Photo by Danforth Johnson.

The 2015 WFTDA Championships have come and gone, and 12 Division 1 teams and 4 Division 2 teams are all gathered at the Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota to decide the Champions of each Division. If you need to catch up on how all the teams got there, read up on Kansas City and Demolition City’s history in Cleveland, or Nashville and Sacred City’s success in Detroit. Catch up on D1’s Victoria, Bay Area, and Arch Rival from Tucson; London, Jacksonville, and Denver from Jacksonville; Rose City, Texas, and Rat City from Dallas; and Gotham, Angel City, and Minnesota from Omaha.

D1 Champs 1st Place: Rose City takes down Gotham, 206-195

D1 Champs 1st Place: Rose City takes down Gotham, 206-195 Photo by Donna Olmstead

ST. PAUL, MN– The anticipation of a team taking down Gotham Girls Roller Derby has been building for 67 straight wins, 5 years, and 4 consecutive WFTDA Championships. Victoria came within 2 points in the semi-finals and after the Rose City Rollers had it in their grasp last year, they were determined to complete their victory this time around.

Unlike Gotham’s previous game against VRDL which was a slow pushing game, this game was full of speeding and destructive packs that were enhanced by the roar of the full Roy Wilkins Auditorium. In the first half the teams shared a perfect split lead jammer percentage, and after 10 lead changes, 1 tie game, and multiple double digit jams by Scald Eagle, Rose City held on in the final minutes to take down the Gotham dynasty by 11 points.

D2 Champs 3rd Place: Demolition City squeaks past Kansas City, 149-139

D2 Champs 3rd Place: Demolition City squeaks past Kansas City, 149-139 Photo by Danforth Johnson. facebook.com/danforth.johnson

ST. PAUL, MN– The last time Kansas City and Demolition City matched up it looked a bit different. The KC Roller Warriors were ranked #45 at Playoffs in Cleveland while Demolition City was #50, and they were playing for 1st. Now playing for 3rd Place in Division 2 overall, their rosters varied from before; no tournament MVP Bruz-Her on skates for KC and Dynamite Doll’s jammer Lickety-Splint hadn’t skated all weekend. Demo’s Playoff performance also pushed them up 21 places in the rankings to #29 while Kansas City rose to #34.

In Cleveland, Demolition City scored the first points before Kansas City took over a quarter of the way in, and held a short lead until they won by 29 points. This time however, Kansas City took the first 3 points, then Demolition City tied it with 3 of their own and they held the lead until it got traded back and forth in the final quarter of the game. Lead calls and penalties were a problem for KC, and when Bambi ThumpHer got lead and Track Rat sat in the box in the final minutes, Demolition City added 10 points and ran out the clock for their 3rd Place win, 149-139.

D1 Champs: Rose City takes London, 166-154

D1 Champs: Rose City takes London, 166-154 Photo credit Quick'N'Derby

ST. PAUL, MN – It was evident throughout this game that #2 Rose City had woken up early this morning to take notes on #3 London’s game against Angel City earlier. The Wheels of Justice used that knowledge to strategically work the clock and seal off boundary lines while providing proper offense for their jammers. Unlike the previous slow and dense packwork of the Victoria and Texas game, this was a hard-hitting and chaotic game.

London played a much cleaner game than their morning match-up, and picked up more lead jammer statuses as the game went on, but Rose denied them from translating that into major points. Despite outscoring Rose in the second half and earning a 63% lead status, London ultimately came up short in the semi-final round, falling to Rose City by 12 points.