WFTDA D1

D1M: #3 Minnesota steam rolls #6 Helsinki, 337-109

D1M: #3 Minnesota steam rolls #6 Helsinki, 337-109 Photo Credit Joe Mac

MADISON, WI – #3 Minnesota showed no mercy as they took advantage of #6 Helsinki’s penalty issues early on, resulting in a highly lopsided game. Mounting an early lead and never looking back, the great wall of St. Paul appeared on point with their well-known defense, while Helsinki showed promise and tenacity.

Ultimately, the Finns couldn’t mount a comeback as their jammers were boxed repeatedly and Minnesota’s patience and experience were palpable as Helsinki were dismantled to the effect of 337-109.

D1O: #4 Montréal blows out #5 Windy City, 228-67.

D1O: #4 Montréal blows out #5 Windy City, 228-67. Photo credit Donna Olmstead

OMAHA, NE – Montréal last played Windy City at ECDX 2015 and won quite decisively, 303-97. Montréal New Skids on the Block once again took the win at the 2015 WFTDA International D1 Playoffs in Omaha, despite scoring less, 288-67. Their differential improved from 206 to 221, suggesting a stronger defense that was able to limit Windy City’s scoring.

The first half was penalty heavy on both sides, 18 for Montréal—8 of which were jammer penalties— and 20 against Windy City—6 box trips by jammers. In the second half Montréal was able to curb their jammer penalties to only 1 while Windy City earned another 6.

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha

Road To Playoffs: Helsinki Makes Tournament Debut in Omaha Helsinki vs. Boston at the Big O. Photo by Donalee Eiri - Photography by D.E.sign. myderbyphotos.com

Helsinki Roller Derby will travel to North America for the third time in 18 months (fourth for those who played for Team Finland during the Blood and Thunder World Cup) to compete in the 2015 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Omaha, Oct 2-4. As of last year, Helsinki was grossly under-ranked, as is common for many European teams, at #137 in the WFTDA. In order to remedy that, the team traveled extensively: twice to the U.S., once to Malmö, Sweden, to participate in the inaugural WFTDA European Tournament, and most recently to the UK where they took on London in the first sanctioned game between two D1 European teams.

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.

D1J: #2 Denver (#5) Stomps #10 Charlottesville, 379-83

D1J: #2 Denver (#5) Stomps #10 Charlottesville, 379-83 Photo by Louis Keiner

JACKSONVILLE, FL – The #2 seed Denver Roller Derby laid out a commanding performance over the upstart 10 seed Charlottesville Derby Dames in game 5 of D1 playoffs in Jacksonville Friday afternoon, outmaneuvering the Dames at almost every turn and demonstrating why the Mile High Club is currently #5 in the WFTDA.