2010 South Central Region Playoffs Preview
Texas comes into the tournament as the prohibitive favorite. They went all the way to the championship game of Nationals last year but lost to Oly. Photo: Axle Adams.
Kansas City team captain Hall Balls. Kansas City dropped from the second spot in the region this year and comes in as the 3 seed. Photo: Axle Adams.
Houston took third place in the tournament last year and reached Nationals, but this year has had significant roster turnover and has dropped to 7th in the region. Photo: Axle Adams.
2 seed Atlanta has an impressive 11-3 record this year and has a pretty good shot at getting out of the tournament with a Championships invite, but will likely have to go through Kansas City (whom they edged out this year in May) if they want to reach the final. Photo: Axle Adams.
Tampa Bay jammer Wild Cherri in a 2009 bout against Madison. 6 seed played 4 seed Dallas four times this year, finally triumphing in a 3 point match in August. Photo: Joe Rollerfan
Quarterfinal: 4SC Dallas vs. 5SC Nashville
1pm Central, Friday, October 8
Last year, Dallas came within a last jam of a trip to Nationals before losing a dramatic third-place game to Houston. Early this year, it looked like the battle for third place in this year's South Central was likely to come down to a battle between Dallas, Atlanta and Nashville -- however, Atlanta has started to put some separation between themselves and these two teams, while Tampa Bay is creeping on them from behind. Both teams have had some disappointing results recently, and only one will get a chance to bounce back this weekend.
Dallas had an extremely active year with 19 games and a 12-7 record (including playing 5 games in two days at March's Clover Cup tourney). One of the major storylines of their season has been an ongoing and occasionally violent rivalry with Tampa Bay -- they've faced them 4 times this year, with a scuffle breaking out in an April meeting. Dallas won the first three meetings, but the most recent one in July saw Tampa Bay finally pull out a narrow win at 104-101. That game came too late to affect the seeding for this tournament, though. Notably, Dallas did get a win over Championships-bound Minnesota in late July, although it seems that Minnesota has significantly picked up their game since then.
Dallas has a pretty impressive variety of talent on their team, with a lanky and very effective positional pivot in Harazzis Mine, some extremely hard hitters in Keltic Kamikaze, The Shocker and Barooski, and a particularly dangerous combination of speed, strength and agility in jammer Miley Virus. Hot 4 Teacher, Anita Riot and Roxie La Roo are also very solid jammers for this team.
Nashville comes into this bout with something to prove. They kicked off their 2010 season with a 35-point win over tough Atlanta, and then went on to build a 6 game winning streak -- but the loss of some major players caused them to stall out about mid-year. Sexy Slaydie and Fully Addomatic were both significant losses and were sorely missed when Nashville went to ECE and struggled a bit in a narrow 31-point win over DC and then went on to lose to North Star by almost the same amount. Although they got post-ECE wins over Ft. Wayne and Tallahassee, they were solidly beaten when they played tournament-level competition. Providence knocked them out in a 171-82 rout in July and Steel City sent them home with a 182-69 defeat in August.
The winner here will almost certainly face Texas in the semifinal, and will almost certainly go from that game into the third-place bout. Last year, Nashville had the bad luck of pulling the 6 seed, meaning they had to face Texas in their first bout -- and that 207-23 rout by Texas included the only scoreless half in WFTDA tournament play history when Texas shut them out for a full 30 minutes in a 127-0 first half. Dallas has faced Texas more recently, with a similar result -- Texas smoked them 209-35 in August.
0 Harazzis Mine // 1 Mary Ate Ashley // 3 Keltic Kamikaze // 6 Hollywood Hit'cha // 7 Lucky Lou // 13 Brandi Danger // 15 Barooski // 21 The Shocker // 28 Miley Virus // 100 Hot 4 Teacher // 138 Anita Riot // 180 Roll'er Over // 210 Rink Panther // 241 Lickity Splittail // 530 Juicy J // 666 Weapon X // 717 Olive Illegal // 911 Mona Bruis'R // Jackie Lation // K9 Roxie La Roo
5 5 Scar Jeneral // 5FT3 Lady Fury // 10 Union Jack-U-Up // 11 Jennifer Smith // 13 LeeAnn Crimes // 13EE Susan // 15 E$$$ // 32 Jenny the Jet Rodriguez // 36DD Maulin Monroe // 99 Slammylou Harris // 141 Trisha Torment // 308 Britches N' Hose // 318 Four Leaf Roller // 529 Whip Lashes // 808 Jersey Jackhammer // 1080 Dramatic Pyrony // 1970 Slayla // 5280 Luscious Loosie // C4A Showstopper // M60 Ramb0 Samb0