WFTDA D2

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #50 Brandywine sneaks past #52 Charlottesville, 205-200

2016 WFTDA D2 Champs: #50 Brandywine sneaks past #52 Charlottesville, 205-200 Photo credit Regularman

PORTLAND, OR – With floor conditions troubling both teams in the initial minutes of play, both teams seemed to find their ground relatively rapidly in the first period. Jammer penalties took a solid hold through the middle of the first period of play, but lead jammer statuses were the main determiner of scoring abilities, and both teams used those to repeatedly trade game lead through the first half of play.

By the time the second half rolled around, Charlottesville had widened their differential to a point at which they seemed like they might not be beatable. But roller derby isn’t a game where very many differentials are invulnerable, and Brandywine proved as much by quietly adding in points and pushing deliberately up, minimizing the effect of jammer penalties. By the final jam, Brandywine had strategically used their time-outs and official review enough to hand themselves the space to take the final jammer lead and walk themselves into a comfortable 5 point lead by the end of the game to win 205-200.

D2D 1st Place: #1 Nashville (#43) Breaks #2 Sacred City (#44), 194-189

D2D 1st Place: #1 Nashville (#43) Breaks #2 Sacred City (#44), 194-189 Photo by Lex Dodson – @rustbeltraw on Instagram.

DETROIT, MI-The final game of the 2015 Division 2 WFTDA playoffs in Detroit, Michigan brought together #1 tournament seed Nashville and #2 seed Sacred City in arguably the most exciting game of the weekend. While both teams brought might and determination to this battle of defensive strength and jammer wit, Nashville ultimately emerged victorious, claiming lead in the final jam, taking a 194 to 189 win over their opponent.

D2D 9th Place: #5 Boulder County (#55) avalanches #9 Brewcity (#60), 232-147

D2D 9th Place: #5 Boulder County (#55) avalanches #9 Brewcity (#60), 232-147 Photo credit Danforth Johnson

DETROIT, MI — Sunday morning began with a tooth and nail game between the #7 seeded Boulder County Bombers, and number #9 seeded Brew City Bruisers. Boulder County ultimately took the win, leaving the tournament at 9th place to Brew City’s 10th, with a score of 232-147.

D2D: #5 Wasatch triumphs over #8 Sac City, 212-124

D2D: #5 Wasatch triumphs over #8 Sac City, 212-124 Photo by Danforth Johnson

DETROIT, MI – Game 10 of this D2 tournament brought together two opponents facing off fresh off a loss and a victory apiece: despite a favorable start with a win over Brewcity on Friday, #8 seed Sac City fell to a 70-point loss to Nashville in their second bout of the weekend in game 5 last night. #5 seed Wasatch finished their first competition of this playoff with a 53-point loss to Naptown yesterday followed by a decisive win over Boulder earlier today. This matchup determined which team advances to play for a shot at an overall 5th place finish, while the loser stands a chance to take home 7th place in the playoff standings. After heavy penalties against Sac City, Wasatch ran away with the game, 212-124.

D2D: #1 Nashville (#43) tunes up #4 Naptown (#48), 233-209

D2D: #1 Nashville (#43) tunes up #4 Naptown (#48), 233-209 Photo by Danforth Johnson

DETROIT,MI—Since all of D2 is within 20 rankings of each other, it makes for tournaments chalk full of close match-ups. Game 9 featured bitter rivals, Nashville and Naptown (#48) who played each other in their first games ever. Each of the three times these teams have met, Naptown won. The game proved to be evenly matched despite some discrepancies in the stats.

Nashville earned more lead calls but struggled to convert; Nashville initially gave up fewer power jams but Naptown was more successful pouncing on every opportunity they were given. Only in the last 10 minutes of the game was one team able to pull away and sustain momentum. With the chance to qualify for Champs in St. Paul on the line, Nashville stepped up and took down their arch nemesis Naptown, 233-209.