KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--The final of the second Division 2 tournament was contested by Bear City's #9 seeded Berlin Bombshells and Rideau Valley's #3 seeded Vixens--the representative teams from Flat Track Stat's #5 leagues in Europe and Canada respectively. Form suggested that Rideau should take the win after two very strong wins in the run-up to this, but Berlin were having none of it.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Eyes on the bronze medal, 4 seed Killamazoo and 7 seed Gold Coast Derby Grrls came together in the second-to-last game of the Kitchener-Waterloo tournament and delivered an exciting, hard-hitting game. With several lead changes and extraordinary determination by both teams, Killamazoo was able to clinch the lead in the last few jams, taking home a 180-162 win.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Having entered this tournament as 1 and 2 seed respectively, Queen City and DC found themselves fighting for fifth place after having their Championships dreams dashed earlier in the weekend by teams with substantially lower WFTDA rankings than themselves.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Looking to take the title of 7th place overall, Demolition City (who came into the tournament an 8 seed) took on The Chicago Outfit (originally seeded 5th). Each team clearly had their sights set on victory for this game, but after an intense 60 minute fight, Demolition City was unable to match The Outfit’s smart defense and determined jammers.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Playing for 9th and 10th place, 6 seed Boulder County opened the final day of D2 playoffs against 10 seed Grand Raggidy. Grand Raggidy put up a solid fight against Boulder, nearly overtaking them in the second half, but intense penalty trouble--as has been the case throughout the weekend--proved Grand Raggidy’s undoing.
MADISON, WI--In the nine times that Windy and Minnesota have matched up, WCR has always won, except in 2012 when the game ended in an impossible tie. On Saturday morning they met up on neutral ground in Madison, at the Fast Forward Skate Center for a sweaty rematch. Each team held the lead for awhile, while shutting out the other, and tied it up four times.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Queen City's Lake Effect Furies were among the pre-tournament favourites but fell in their opening game. Demolition City were one of the mystery packages of the weekend having played very few sanctioned or streamed games, and had shown themselves to be formidable and physical opponents.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--In the semi-finals of the Kitchener-Waterloo games, The 3 seed Rideau Valley Roller Girls Vixens took on the 7 seed Gold Coast Derby Grrls. Both teams had strong games to that point in the tournament, and this game looked as though it was going to be a very close match up.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--While Berlin had not outperformed pre-tournament expectations as much as Gold Coast this weekend, they were still proving themselves to be formidable opponents.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--Traded penalties and a struggle to maintain cohesion for any length of time defined the D2 consolation-bracket match-up between the DC Rollergirls and The Chicago Outfit. DC held it together better through a messy encounter and emerged 186-169 winners, to fight for fifth and claim an improvement of at least three spots over their 2013 playoff placement.
KITCHENER, WATERLOO, ON--In one of the closest matches we’ve seen all weekend, 8 seed Demolition City and 6 seed Boulder County competed to move forward within the consolation bracket. Demolition City lost to Bear City in the first Kitchener-Waterloo game yesterday and Boulder County lost to Rideau Valley last night.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--The first game in the second day at Kitchener-Waterloo brought together two Midwest teams, the 5 seed Chicago Outfit and 10 seed Grand Raggidy. Grand Raggidy were favoured to win as the bout started (despite being 10 seeds) thanks to putting up a 331-105 win over The Outfit back in March.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--In the final game of the first day of the Kitchener-Waterloo playoffs, the Rideau Valley Roller Girls dominated the Boulder County Bombers, winning 239-130. Both teams started the game with solid, controlled defense. Though Boulder put up a good fight against Rideau, they were ultimately not able to overcome Rideau’s solid 4-person walls or their agile jammers.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--While these two teams hadn’t met previously, Queen City skated into this game the clear favorites. And while Gold Coast had made short work of Grand Raggidy only hours prior, not entering this game fresh looked likely to do the team no favors.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--The top-seeded DC Rollergirls faced Bear City’s 9-seeded Berlin Bombshells in the fourth game of the Kitchener-Waterloo games, and what a game it was.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--In the first half of the third Kitchener-Waterloo game, Killamazoo and The Chicago Outfit delivered the anticipated close match of skill and action. It was a back-and-forth game with momentum swings both ways--but Killamazoo got the swing towards the end and took the win 203-191.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--The second game of the Kitchener-Waterloo leg of WFTDA's division 2 playoffs was every bit as close as the first, but was a much scrappier encounter. Errors for both sides cancelled each other out as neither could get a particularly strong hold on the game, with both letting the initiative slip just as it looked like they might get a hold on the game.
KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON--In a closely contested meeting between Berlin and Demolition City, it became a game of power jams and power struggles as Berlin started slowly but went on an 81-5 run until the end of the first half to take the lead 100-59.
Game 1: Friday 10:00am Demolition City Dynamite Dolls #8 seed - WFTDA #60 vs Bear City Berlin Bombshells #9 seed – WFTDA #61
DULUTH, MN--Detroit’s final game went about the same as the previous two: shut out jammers, powerful blockers, and big point spreads. Sin City’s strong pack game got disrupted and they went for more big hits. They continued to use star passes to try and stop the point scoring but they couldn’t post any big jams to ever get close to Detroit, who finished 318-106 winners.
DULUTH, MN--New Orleans' Big Easy were a founding WFTDA member making their first appearance at playoffs this year; St Charles' St Chux are a new league just breaking onto the scene. An impressive 9-1 record for the year coming into the tournament had secured St Chux top seeding here, but wasn't enough to see them all the way to the final as they were shown up a little by Sin City's dynamism.
DULUTH, MN--Suburbia and Treasure Valley matched up for the second time this weekend. They both won 2 and lost 1 to wind up battling for 5th place. It started as a very back and forth game after Suburbia got four power jams, but after the initial stages they struggled against the solid blocking of Treasure Valley.
DULUTH, MN--Brewcity barely squeaked past Brandywine to take 7th place at the first D2 playoffs with a 186-174 win. While Brewcity held a respectable, if not comfortable, lead at the half, Brandywine surged out of the locker room to to take the lead ten minutes into the second period--only to see the game tied with two minutes to play.
DULUTH, MN--Omaha opened up each day of playoffs with the 10am game and today their strategy really seemed to come together. They put Flash Gloria back on jammer duty, while putting Faye in as blocker; they also took more control of the pack and utilized star passes when their jammers were stuck. Tucson started out strong, but ran into penalty trouble and gave up too many power jam points.
DULUTH, MN--Suburbia and Brandywine are less than 100 miles apart and seemingly closely matched in skill, but had never met on the track before today. A close bout was expected and delivered in the first half--but Suburbia turned an 82-79 half-time lead into a 265-152 final and will fight Treasure Valley for fifth tomorrow.