West Region Playoffs Preview
Oly and Rocky Mountain players go down in a pileup in last year's Western Regionals championship bout. Oly won that game 119-64, but Rocky Mountain came closer in a 121-101 match this year. Photo: Axle Adams.
Duke City jammer Meep Meep leads Sacred City's Daddy Girl out of a turn. Duke got a solid win over Sacred at February's Wild West Showdown, 126-55. Photo: Axle Adams.
Jammers Jalepeno Business (left) and Rhea DeRange (right) are likely to be big factors when their teams meet in the first quarterfinal. Rose City and Rat City have played twice already this year, with Rose City winning the first match and Rat City the second. Photo: Masonite Burn.
Oly solidly stopped Denver in a semifinal match at last year's Nationals in Philadelphia, 178-91. Photo: Axle Adams.
Rat City's Primp Daddy receives a star pass in a Hometown Throwdown bout against Bay Area. Bay Area won this game by 1 point, 108-107. Photo: Axle Adams.
Jet City has seemed like an up-and-coming force for some time but will have their work cut out for them if seeding holds and they play Rocky Mountain in the Friday night quarterfinals. Photo: Axle Adams.
Longtime Tucson vet Polly Graf. In February 2006. Tucson hosted the Dust Devil, the first modern derby tournament, and went on to host the first WFTDA Western Regionals in February 2007. Photo: Axle Adams.
Opening Round: #7W Jet City vs. #10W Sacred City
12:00 PM, Friday October 1
Tournament hosts Sacred City will try to hang an early upset on a tough-to-figure Jet City team in the noon bout. Jet City (Everett, WA) is a relatively new league, having had their first WFTDA bouts in the summer of 2009. This year they turned some heads at tournaments by falling just short of Duke City at the Wild West Showdown 149-135 and also traveling far out of region to solidly defeat Arch Rival 162-108 at the Midwest Brewhaha; however, later results for both of those teams make them look a little less dangerous than they'd seemed at the time. Arch Rival finished tenth of 10 teams at the recent North Central playoffs, while Duke City has recently lost this year to non-tournament-qualifier Pikes Peak.
JCRG is 4-2 over the course of 2010, but their only taste of top-level competition has been a July bout against Oly, where Oly waltzed 225-83. It's impossible to tell what Jet City may have learned from that loss, though, as they haven't played publicly since.
The Sacramento team's 3-3 season has been dotted primarily with narrow wins followed by blowout losses. They had one big win over developing Central Coast in February, along with close ones over Angel City (20 points) and Pikes Peak (22 points). Like Jet City, Sacred City also took a loss to Duke City at the Wild West Showdown, although Duke had a less stressful time with them in a 126-55 final. Sacred City was also handled by two teams on a 2010 comeback trail -- Bay Area (121 points in April) and, most recently, Minnesota (145 points in August).
On paper, the results against shared opponent Duke City on the same weekend would seem to make Jet City a solid bet this weekend, but those games were over half a year ago. The outcome of this one may simply come down to which team applies the lessons of their recent blowout losses more effectively.
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