2010 West Region Playoffs Recaps
Surprising 6 seed Bay Area held determined 4 seed Rose City just out of striking range for almost their whole bout, and secured the invite to the WFTDA Championships with their second upset of the weekend, winning 133-102. Photo: Axle Adams.
Rat City's Anya Heels had an epic blocking game in yet another last-jam thriller, as Rat City barely held off a Denver comeback in the 5th place game to defeat them for the first time in league history, 136-127. Rat City's finish backed up their 5th place seeding, while 3 seed Denver finished in 6th place overall. Photo: Axle Adams.
Rat City celebrates after Primp Daddy sets a new WFTDA tournament single-jam scoring record with a 39-0 over Sacred City. Rat City went on to also break the record for largest margin of victory with a 367-32 win. Photo: Axle Adams.
Rose City survived a huge second-half comeback from Rat City -- Rat City made up almost all of a 64 point deficit, but Rose City escaped with a 122-104 win. Photo: Axle Adams.
6 seed Bay Area stunned 3 seed Denver in a major 132-128 upset, denying last year's 3rd place team a second trip to the WFTDA championship. Photo: Gil Leora.
Rocky Mountain didn't have a lot of trouble with 7 seed Jet City in the last quarterfinal match, pounding their way to a 211-72 win. Photo: LeVar Hurtin'.
Jet City came back from separate 51- and 30-point deficits to win a last-jam nailbiter over Sacred, 125-111. Photo: Axle Adams.
After a nearly perfectly even first half, 9 seed Tucson established a big second-half lead to knock off 8 seed Duke City 134-120. Photo: Axle Adams.
Denver put up 12 double-digit jams on their way to a consolation-round rout of Duke City, 288-54. Photo: Axle Adams.
Final: 2W Rocky Mountain 127, 1W Oly 86 -- The clash between the top seeds in the West Region turned out to be everything it was billed to be, as both long-undefeated Oly and Rocky Mountain played a very fast, very intelligent game with plenty of lead changes. In the end, though, Rocky Mountain proved the better team, and their ace DeRanged landed two huge jams in the last ten minutes that made RMRG the West Region champions.
After a scoreless first jam, Atomatrix got Oly on the board first with a 2-0 over Urrk'n Jerk'n as Booty Blockya, but DeRanged answered with an 8-0 over Harmony Killerbruise for a 8-2 Rocky lead next. Atomatrix could only get 2-0 of her own on the following jam, and after 5 minutes, Rocky was narrowly up 8-4.
The first powerjam went to Oly at the 23 minute mark when DeRanged pulled a 4th minor on a track cut -- that left the track open for a very hard-cutting Tannibal Lector to take 10-0 and call the jam with DeRanged still in the box. Atomatrix followed up but had a hard time on her opening pass before getting lead -- but made an odd decision to call the jam with DeRanged still on her opening pass, which meant Rocky got out of the second powerjam with a 0-0.
At the 20 minute mark, Heffer took lead over DeRanged, but with De right behind her, had to also call at 0-0. With packs extremely fast and both teams' blockers doing an excellent job of recycling on opposing jammers, there was very little scoring for three jams until an RMRG pack of Psycho Babble, Ecko and Flame and Fury totally had Oly jammer Harmony Killerbruise on lockdown; DeRanged lapped her three times on the way to an 15-0 jam that put Rocky in front at the 15:53 mark, 23-18.
Rocky's powerjam defense got put to the test after Whipity Pow was boxed on a major track cut -- Heffer capitalized on a chaotic 9-0 that gave Oly the lead again at 27-23. Heffer was back to extend the lead to 31-23 a few jams later by taking advantage of a late jam call from Urrk'n Jerkin, but Rocky took it all the way back by once again victimizing Oly's jammer Harmony Killerbruise, allowing DeRanged to lap twice for a 10-0 and another lead change at Rocky 33, Oly 31.
Oly took the lead back on the next jam, only to have Rocky tie it up with a 3-0 from Urrk'n Jerkin that featured a gorgeous jump dodge. With 4 minutes left in the first half, it was 36-36.
Oly edged out in front 39-36 on the following jam but Rocky Mountain once again got a lucky break when Atomatrix got lead over Amanda Jamitinya but again apparently failed to realize the opposing jammer was still stuck in the pack -- Atom called with Oly at a track advantage but no points yet. Rocky made Oly pay for it in the final two jams of the half -- DeRanged picked up 3-0 to once again tie at 39 and the half ended with Rocky Mountain on top 45-39 following a 6-0 Urrk'n Jerkin jam.
Although Oly got the first points of the second half with a 3-0 to Atomatrix, the rest of the opening ten minutes were all Rocky Mountain. Penalties started raining down early in the half, leading to a jam that momentarily had just one blocker for each team out on the floor -- but since Oly's jammer Atomatrix was boxed in that one, it worked to Rocky Mountain's advantage. With about 20 minutes to play, Rocky had grown their lead to 77-44. Even when Oly's Heffer got a much needed lead jammer status for Oly, Rocky killed their advantage when opposing jammer Amanda Jamitinya managed to slow Heffer enough to leave her re-engaged by the Rocky pack to force a 0-0.
Following that, though, Oly finally got a solid jam win with 17 minutes left to play when Rocky jammer Frida Beater was boxed on a fourth minor -- and the box already had two RMRG blockers there waiting for her. Heffer, jamming her second turn in a row, turned that into a 14-3 jam that made the score 80-59 Rocky Mountain. That started an Oly rally, and they finally got within 10 again at 80-70 with 12:22 to play.
A 4-0 from Amanda Jamitinya ended a three-jam drought for Rocky Mountain there, but that wasn't the end of the Oly comeback. Oly caught a break when the Rocky box filled again with Heffer on the floor, and the result was another 15-0 Oly powerjam -- and Oly's first lead since late in the first half, 85-84, with 9:12 to play.
Action stopped for a little while on a referee timeout following that lead change, and after it was resolved, both Heffer and DeRanged started the next jam from the penalty box - but DeRanged was released almost immediately. That powerjam was huge for Rocky, as DeRanged motored for 18 points to re-establish Rocky's advantage at 102-85 with 7:15 to play.
Two 0-0 jams burned more time off the clock, and then Heffer had to settle for a 1-0 over Urrk'n Jerkin when Urrk'n used some amazing footwork to battle her way out and get in scoring position before Heffer could get much. That left the score at 102-86 with just about 4 minutes to play, and then the game-deciding jam came when both DeRanged and Atomatrix were boxed almost simultaneously during their respective opening passes. When they were freed, Atomatrix majored her way back into the box -- but DeRanged turned on the jets for an auditorium-exploding 25-0.
With the score 127-86 and only about 90 seconds left to play, the outcome was assured -- and almost as if the score itself knew it, the last two jams went 0-0, making Rocky Mountain the 2010 queens of the West and handing Oly their first WFTDA sanctioned loss ever.
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3rd Place: 6W Bay Area 133, 4W Rose City 102 -- Rose City was never out of this game, but in a way, it was decided on the first jam of the game when a huge powerjam win for BAD ended up being the majority of BAD's final margin of victory. Bay Area utilized very effective powerjam work on both offense and defense to hold Rose City at arm's length for the whole bout, and at the end, Bay Area picked up their second trip to the WFTDA championship tournament while sending Rose City to their fourth straight disappointing end in the Western Region tournament.
Bay Area took a quick 20 point lead in this bout when they were gifted a first-jam powerjam courtesy of Soulfearic Acid -- Bay Area jammer Burlybot turned that into a 24-4 win that got the Bay Area fan section very rowdy. After that big frame for Bay Area, though, things were pretty back and forth over the first 10 minutes to a new score of 39-22. At that point, Bay Area went on a run of 4 lead jammer calls -- although they didn't pick up any big jams like the first one, they slowly pushed their lead from narrow to comfortable with a 19-0 run to make it 58-22 Bay Area with just about ten minutes to play.
Following that there was a spot of jammer musical chairs when both Rose City's Sully Skullkicker and Bay Area's Chantilly Mace pulled majors; Rose City apparently wanted a review that Sully's back-block major had occurred on an opponent already illegally blocking ahead of the engagement zone, but wouldn't get satisfaction.
The score stood at 60-26 with 8 minutes to play following that, and although Rose City had powerjam opportunities on both following jams, Bay Area effectively sped the pack up to get out of that sequence, only giving up 11 points total. As the clock reached the 5 minute point in the half, Bay Area's lead was 60-37.
On that next jam, Bay Area did a much more effective job when they had the powerjam advantage. Friskie Meow, Velveteen Savage and Lusty Malice effectively isolated the Rose blockers and eventually forced all but Mel Mangles to the box on out-of-play violations. That jam went 23-0 for Burlybot, and although Burly ended the jam in the box on a back block, Bay Area had a big advantage on the scoreboard and a lot of emotional momentum at 83-37 and 2:14 in the half. Two jams later, Bay Area was taking a 39 point advantage into the half at Bay Area 89, Rose City 50.
With both the Bay Area and Rose City fans getting increasingly vocal and the hitting becoming more intense than it had been all weekend, the tension began to rise considerably in the second half. Bay Area started the second half with another excellent demonstration of powerjam defense, starting with their jammer boxed but pulling a controlled runaway that limited the damage to 8-0. That still kicked off a bit of a rally for Rose when Soulfearic Acid followed up with a 5-0 to make the score 89-63 after two jams.
At the 19 minute mark, Bay Area broke 100 points, going up 104-68 with a lot of help from some more effective penalty killing, and although Rose got three lead jam calls and wins in a row going into the last 10 minutes, Bay Area still held a 116-88 lead at the 9:56 mark. Rose City got a much needed powerjam here which saw Cadillac pass the star to Rhea DeRange after scoring 5 -- but Rhea was boxed after only adding 3 more. Still, though, that got Rose City within 20 at 116-96 with 7:28 left to play.
Burlybot finally staunched the Rose City momentum with an agile spinning move to avoid being decked on a block, pick up lead jammer and go 9-0 over the still boxed Rhea. That made it 129-96 Bay Area with 5 minutes left.
Both Sully Skullkicker and Scratcher in the Eye picked up lead jammer and 3-0 jams for Rose to follow, but the deficit was still 27 points at 129-102 after a Rose City timeout with 3:01 to play. BAD made it even harder for Rose when Astronaughty snuck out of a very slow pack for a lead jammer and 4-0. After that call, Bay led 133-102 with only 1:40 left on the clock.
When Chantilly Mace got lead on that jam with Scratcher in the Eye right behind her, she smartly went right to jammer defense, killing the rest of the period clock away from the pack. With the large BAD cheering section helping Mace out by counting down the final seconds, she called it off as soon as time expired for a 0-0 and an explosive celebration from the black-and-gold fans -- final score Bay Area 133, Rose City 102.
5th place: 5W Rat City 136, 3W Denver 127 -- For the fourth time in a row, Denver had a very cold start in a tournament game, but it took them much longer this time to recover. A huge early run for Rat City gave them just barely enough cushion to survive in a narrow, last-jam win.
Like they'd done in their previous match against Sacred, Rat City put out the bruising Anya Heels as their first jammer against Denver's smaller Heather Juska. Anya powered her way to lead, but collected a major back block almost as soon as she started her scoring pass -- and Denver jumped all over that early powerjam for a 29-4 first frame.
Rat City seemed unrattled by the early deficit, winning the next five jams to stay close at 30-22 -- including a 4-1 win for Rat that saw a blocking Anya Heels getting revenge for that opening jam by smashing jammer Heather Juska to the floor three times in her opening pass. It was the only the first of many jams that saw Anya owning the opposing jammers. With 21:42 left in the first half, Denver called their first timeout to think it over.
That timeout didn't blunt Rat City's momentum at all, though. They kept coming and took the lead at 37-31 with just over 18 minutes to play on a 9-0 for Ann R. Kissed. That lead eventually grew to 55-31 as the vaunted Denver defense simply couldn't find a way to play together -- Rat City was on a 51-2 run following the anomalous opening jam.
It wasn't until the midpoint of the half that Denver got a jam win, helped along considerably by Rat City jammer Primp Daddy joining an over-full Rat City penalty box. Heather Juska's 15-0 made the score Rat City 55, Denver 46 with 12 minutes to play.
That broke the Denver scoring logjam just in time. Though they couldn't equal Rat City's big run, they managed to establish lead jammer status more consistently and nick away at the lead, finally tying it at 64 on a Julie Adams 4-0 with 3:48 left in the first half. Rat City did step up defensively here, with Juliet Bravo and Anya Heels continuing to stand out while still assisting their own jammers through. At the half, Rat City's lead was 19 points, 83-64.
Through the first 10 minutes of the half Rat City managed to keep that lead at about 20 points, but at the 19 minute point, it was once again a powerjam when Denver was able to get in the lead for the only time in the half on a big 20-0 for Amanda Sharpless. Denver was up 99-96 there, but Rat City took it right back on a 5-0 from Ann R. Kissed marked by an apocalyptic hit on Denver jammer Julie Adams by the ubiquitous Anya Heels. With 17 to play, it was 101-99 Rat City.
Two quick scoreless jams followed before Rat City came out on the right side of a full-length jam while Anya Heels yet again rained chaos on Denver's offense with four jammer take outs in the same jam. It went 14-0 to Carmen Getsome, leaving the score 115-99. Denver had an opportunity when Carmen ended that jam on a major track cut, but opposing jammer Heather Juska got a back-block major before doing anything with the powerjam, and Carmen increased the Rat City lead to 119-99 with eleven minutes to play.
By the time there was 6:30 left to play, Denver had only managed to shave 4 points off that lead and trailed 122-106. They called their second timeout out at that point and Rat City in a problematic penalty box situation, as they had two blockers in and Anya Heels queued up to go when a space opened. But Carmen Getsome forced Heather Juska out of bounds on the way to the pack to make her ineligible for lead, and successfully killed most of the penalty box problem on a 0-0. A bang-bang call off from Julie Adams on the following jam also ended in a jam tie at 2-2.
With about 4 minutes left to play, both Sharpless and Carmen Getsome became ineligible for lead jammer, and the full-length jam saw Carmen Getsome hit the box on a track cut. Once again, Denver did their best on powerjam, turning it into a 16-5 and making the new score 129-125 with only 1:54 on the clock.
The fact that there was less time on the period clock than on the jam clock ended up being Denver's downfall in the final jam. Heather Juska started unopposed for Denver and picked up lead, but only scored 2 points before committing a fatal track cut. Carmen Getsome burst out of the box and took one insurance scoring pass for 5 points, then patiently waited behind the pack until Juska was freed. With not enough time left in the jam to make up the difference and no way to stop the period clock, there was no path to victory left for Denver, and the final jam ended 7-2, giving Rat City the win in a thrilling 136-127 final.
7th place: 7W Jet City 149, 9W Tucson 95-- The last time these two teams met in June, Jet City romped to victory in a 215-86 final. They had to work harder for the win this time, as a Tucson team who had had to face Oly and Rat City earlier in the weekend had a strong first half but couldn't replicate that performance in the second.
This game was both low-scoring and very close in the first ten minutes, as jammers often entered their scoring passes at the same time, causing the lead jammer to call with just one or two points. With 18:58 left to play in the first half, Tucson was holding a tiny lead at 18-16, but Tucson got an opportunity here when Jet City jammer Missus Unshine was boxed on her initial pass on a major forearm. With only Angelica Della Morte and Molly Python in a light Jet City pack, it turned into a 15-0 for Tucson, a 33-16 lead for Tucson, and a timeout for Jet City.
Jammer penalty trouble continued when Precious N. Metal was boxed for Jet City, but extremely good defense from Retro Bution and Nasty Nikki Nightstick eventually forced Tucson jammer Myna N Possession into a major track cut, and Jet City ended up winning the jam on a full-length 5-3.
Jet City kept narrowing the lead and had a chance to take it over with about 8 minutes to play, but Jet City's jammer Ivana Hercha took just a little bit too long to notice her bench beseeching her to call with 9-0, giving Sami Automatic just enough time to turn it into a 9-4. That still narrowed the lead to just 1 point at Tucson 40, Jet City 39.
Finally, with 4:11 left in the half, Jet City got their biggest jam of the game with a 14-0 for Precious N. Metal over Myna N Possession that saw both jammers enter and leave the box. That made a new score of 53-46 favoring Jet City, and they'd add a little bit to go into halftime at Jet City 66, Tucson 56.
Jet City did a good job of extending that lead and got some relief performance on the jam line from Angelica Della Morte. A 12-0 powerjam from Ivana Hercha was the biggest score in that opening run -- that jam moved the Jet City margin to 30 points at 91-61.
It would stay right about on the edge of comeback territory for Tucson until there were 10 minutes to play. Ivana Hercha and Bess B. Ware dropped back-to-back 15-0 powerjams to put the game out of reasonable reach, moving the margin from 109-82 to 139-82 with six minutes left to play. A few jams later, it was all over at 149-95.
Jet City ends up finishing exactly as their seeding suggested in 7th; Tucson managed to improve on their 9th place tournament seed by finishing in 8th.
9th place: 10W Sacred City 198, 8W Duke City 72 -- After being on the wrong side of a record-setting rout to Rat City on Saturday, Sacred City came out with something to prove in their last bout of the tournament -- and this time, brought their A skaters with them. A tight three-jammer rotation of Daddy's Girl, Cash Money and Four Closer didn't have too much trouble evading Duke City blockers, and a big Sacred win consigned Duke City to a winless weekend.
Duke City got almost all of their points in the half on the very first jam. With Brutalitaur jamming for Duke, Sacred City jammer Daddy's Girl was boxed and the Sacred City pack just kept missing on Brutalitaur, staking Duke to a 24-0 lead after just a couple of minutes.
After that, though, the action was all Sacred City. They dropped 36 unanswered points on Duke over the course of the next ten minutes, with Shadow Soldier a particular force in the pack against Duke jammers. Duke was able to pick up 6 more on another powerjam with about 18 minutes, but after that 36-31 score, Duke City only picked up 2 more points in the half -- meanwhile, Sacred waltzed to an even 100 for a halftime score of Sacred City 100, Duke City 33.
The second half saw a bit of tempers flaring late when Elvira Mental leveled Sacred jammer Daddy's Girl on a very hard hit to force DG to call the jam -- but Sacred's Shadow Soldier followed up with an after-the-whistle hit that got her sent to the box. Meanwhile, the Duke City bench seemed to get a bit confused about blocker platoons, starting short two times -- once by fielding a pivot while a pivot was already in the box, and once by apparent indecision on which blocker to field. It didn't help a Duke City team that was already overmatched in the jammer department, and Sacred City increased their lead to win by 126 points.
Sacred City finished the weekend 1-2 and improves their seeding by one; Duke City slides two spots by going winless and ends in last place.