Windy City Rollers

D1S: #7 Tampa Roller Derby triumphs over #9 Windy City, 222-150

D1S: #7 Tampa Roller Derby triumphs over #9 Windy City, 222-150 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – The first consolation game of the Seattle playoffs saw Tampa Roller Derby coming against Windy City Rollers. Tampa suffered a hard loss against Angel City on Friday night, while Windy had fallen to 2×4’s Team Osom in their first game of the weekend.

While the game played tight and tense through the first half, penalties ultimately got the best of Windy City, despite strong recycling and they could not stem the tide of Tampa Bay, who took the game 222-150.

D1S: #8 2×4 takes revenge on #9 Windy City, 178-135

D1S: #8 2×4 takes revenge on #9 Windy City, 178-135 Photo credit: Hellslinger. capobianco-photography.squarespace.com/

SEATTLE, WA – Meeting up for the second time in the Pacific Northwest, #24-ranked 2×4 Roller Derby got a rematch against #28 Windy City after a five-point loss to WCR in May at the Big O. Both squads came with a different roster, but adjustments on each side kept it an interesting game and the closest of the weekend so far.

Despite only skating with nine, 2×4 started with a much cleaner game, just ten penalties this time compared to the 29 first half penalties they earned last time, and only gave up three power jams in total. Windy City was cleaner overall but had nine jammer penalties and although struggled to earn lead status, made the most of it when they did. 2×4’s lateral coverage and consistent offense carried them through to the end this time, taking the win 178-135.

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview

2017 WFTDA D1 Playoffs: Seattle Preview Photo credit: Regularman Photography. regularmanphotography.com

September 1st through the 3rd will kick off the Division 1 portion of WFTDA Tournament season in Seattle, Washington, hosted by the Rat City Rollergirls. After the massive 30-game tournament that was Division 2 two weeks ago, this weekend will conclude after 16 games played by 12 teams. While overall D1 was reduced to three brackets, each was expanded by two more teams which will mean that some teams will only end up playing two games this year.

While perhaps a little more predictable, Division 1 tournaments consist of the top teams in WFTDA, and as the sport grows, there’s always room for surprises. This year, the top four teams will make it out of the weekend alive and attend Championships this November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Watch this tournament on WFTDA.tv and follow our coverage here on our website, or on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

2017 Big O Results

2017 Big O Results Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto

The Big O Tournament has been a platform for WFTDA, MRDA, and Junior roller derby teams to hit the track since 2011. In 2017 there are 16 WFTDA teams, 9 MRDA, and 4 junior teams in Eugene, Oregon from four different continents.

Check out our WFTDA preview of the weekend, Muckety Muck’s MRDA overview, and Sean Hale’s tournament tips for fans. Below are the results from the weekend with each team’s current ranking. Green are WFTDA sanctioned games, purple are WFTDA B teams, blue is MRDA games, and yellow are the junior games. Each game is linked with its archived video.

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing

2017 Big O WFTDA Briefing Photo credit: Benma Photo. facebook.com/benmaphoto/

Coming up this weekend: the annual Big O Invitational in Eugene, Oregon (USA). While there have already been a few high-level tournaments already this season, this has become one of the most highly anticipated WFTDA Recognized Tournaments since it’s the first time we see many of the top-ranked teams back on the track each year.

There will be a few exciting rematches from last year, some new teams to watch, and plenty of roller derby on three tracks for three days. Are you ready?

Keep on reading for a quick briefing on the WFTDA and Junior teams in attendance. You can also check out our coverage of the MRDA briefing by Muckety Muck, as well as some tournament survival tips for fans by Sean Hale. Streaming of all three tracks will be done through WFTDA.tv and all WFTDA rankings are from today’s April 30th release.