2010 Eastern Regionals Preview
2 seed Philly won the tournament last year in a 90-89 final over Gotham. Photo (from this year's Wild West Showdown event): Axle Adams.
Bottom seed DC faces Carolina on Day 1. They defeated Naptown in a close June game at East Coast Extravaganza. Photo: Marc Lebryk.
Top-seeded Gotham is 7-0 this year, including three dominating wins over tough Western Region competition at August's Hometown Throwdown event. Photo: Axle Adams.
3 seed Boston and 4 seed Charm City played an instant classic in August, with Charm City ending up on top after 13 ties or lead changes, 152-136. Photo: Craig Lammes.
2009 was the first year that 7 seed Carolina failed to advance to the WFTDA championship tournament; they'll try again but will have to defeat both DC and Philly to have a chance. Photo: A Boy Named Tsunami.
Opening Round: #8E Providence vs #9E Dutchland
10:00 AM, Friday, September 24
If the last meeting between Providence and Dutchland was any indication, the opening bout of Easterns may very well lead to a minor rankings upset right off the bat. The teams played in Dutchland very recently on September 11 and Dutchland hammered the visitors in a 158-85 final.
The result there would seem to suggest that the two teams have been on different trajectories since just a few months ago. They had a shared opponent this year in Carolina -- in March, Providence came within just one point of Carolina in a controversial 111-110 final, while Carolina had considerably less trouble with Dutchland in June, beating them 160-85.
Dutchland hasn't lost since then, though, currently riding a 3-game winning streak that also saw them solidly defeat Hammer City (132-79) and dominate Harrisburg (260-78). Altogether, Dutchland is 6-4 on the 2010 campaign, but their only wins over tournament-level competition have come against Providence and bottom seed DC.
Providence has shown sparks of great potential during an up-and-down 4-6 season, but haven't been able to significantly increase their standing. Along with the near-win against Carolina, they also went down to the wire with Championships-bound Minnesota at ECE, losing 131-127. They had a one-month residency on the unofficial DNN Top 25 after delivering a surprisingly solid defeat of South Central team Nashville 171-82 in July, but dropped back off again the following month when they barely squeaked by DC 114-103.
For Dutchland, it's their first-ever appearance in the WFTDA regionals. Providence has made it to all three, but their postseason record is not very good at 2-6.
The reward for winning here is a date with the Gotham juggernaut later in Friday action; Providence had to face them in the quarterfinals of last year's Eastern Regional, where they were pounded 181-25. Dutchland has never played Gotham.
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