ECE Saturday Preview
Boston lost twice to Gotham in 2009 by over 100 points; at 6:30 on Saturday, they'll give it a third shot. Photo: Tom Igoe.
Dutchland goes up against Hammer City at 1:30pm. Photo: Dutchland Derby Rollers.
Irrepressible Montreal, unofficially #24 in the nation, goes up against Dominion at 2:30pm; an upset win for Dominion could get them into the Eastern Regional tournament. Photo: Midnight Matinee27.
Rose City, unofficially #5 in the nation, gets a rematch with Carolina after beating Carolina 120-62 last July. Photo: Steven L. Price.
10:30am: DC vs. #17 Nashville
DC has had a tough 2-6 season, with both wins over rebuilding teams in River City and Harrisburg. They have picked up a notable new jammer in Small Frye, who was a bright spot in last weekend's 201-104 loss to Kansas City. Nashville has yet to lose a bout this year and enjoys a 6-0 WFTDA record, though their strength of schedule has not been exceptionally tough -- #18 Atlanta and Arch Rival have been the only teams to give them a tough time.
Tournament implications: There's very little danger of this inter-regional matchup harming Nashville's #5 standing in their region, but it might make for an interesting triangulation opportunity considering that Nashville may be tussling with Kansas City at the South Central tournament and KC and DC faced off just last week. DC is currently at #10 in the Eastern Region, and their May loss to East #14 Dominion may have been fatal to their tournament hopes as neither of their bouts at ECE are against Eastern Region teams.
11am: Maine vs. Naptown
Naptown is a little hard to figure this year, with some significant variance in their results, but they appear to be on an upward swing after a impressive if unsuccessful game against Detroit at Spring Roll, where they kept it even for the first half but eventually lost 150-94. Maine has only played two this year, both blowouts: a 182-58 loss to Steel City and a 273-44 win over Harrisburg.
Tournament implications: Although this is an inter-regional bout, it could potentially end up helping to tip one team into their tournament. Both teams sit just outside their region's top ten at #11; an impressive weekend might be enough to let them squeak in.
12:30pm: Suburbia vs. Harrisburg
Although Harrisburg looked like an up-and-coming contender through 2009, a severe structural upheaval late that year saw many of their core players leave for nearby Charm City and Dutchland, and the rebuilding has been tough - Harrisburg is 0-3 this year and has lost their bouts by 96, 229 and 155 points. Suburbia is a relatively new league, having debuted in June 2009, and has gone 1-6 in WFTDA play, with their only win over perennially hapless Long Island last year.
Tournament implications: Suburbia will be playing host to the WFTDA Eastern Regional tournament this year, but it's hard to imagine a scenario where either Suburbia (currently #15 in the region) or Harrisburg (currently #13) can crack the East top ten based on this weekend's results.
1pm: Hammer City vs. Dutchland
Hamilton, Ontario's Hammer City girls will be looking for their first WFTDA win in this one; since their WFTDA debut in November 2009, they've lost all 6 of their WFTDA bouts by an average of over 100 points. Dutchland has had an up and down season and sits on a 3-4 record. Both teams were pummeled by Montreal this year, although Hammer City got it worse -- they lost 208-26 while Dutchland lost 186-65.
Tournament implications: Way down at #17 in the North Central, it's safe to say that Hammer City will be waiting until 2011 for a shot at the NC tournament. Things are a bit more complicated for Dutchland, though -- they are currently at #8 in the East but will be almost certainly be passed by Montreal next ranking period due to the head-to-head loss. If Dutchland does poorly this weekend and Dominion does well against Montreal, Dutchland could conceivably slip to the #10 spot.
2:30pm: #24 Montreal vs. Dominion
Montreal has been busting up the lower ranks of the Eastern Region all year long, taking down Connecticut, DC, Suburbia, Carolina and Dutchland. Dominion has suffered from a revolving-door roster issue for awhile and had a very rough 0-10 streak stretching from mid-2008 to December 2009. This year, though, they're showing signs of marked improvement, acquitting themselves well against Carolina (a 121-61 loss) and delivering a significant upset to DC (95-77).
Tournament implications: Montreal is currently at #10 in the East, but their run of regional wins -- and specifically their big win over Carolina -- make it almost certain they'll rise higher in the 2nd quarter rankings. Dominion, currently sitting at #14, needs a very strong performance if not an outright win against Montreal if they're to rise high enough to qualify for the Eastern Regional tournament.