WFTDA today announced the sixty teams that will be competing at playoffs in 2013. Those sixty are actually from WFTDA’s top 65 ranked teams: Oly, Mid Iowa and Gainesville did not meet eligibility requirements, while Tucson and Silicon Valley declined invitations to division two playoffs.
Division One Playoffs
The first playoff to be contested will be in Fort Wayne, IN, hosted by the Fort Wayne Derby Girls on September 6, 7 and 8. The top three seeds here will be Denver, Montreal, and Arch Rival. London, Rose City and Ohio round out the top six, while the bottom seeds are Wasatch, Cincinnati, Bleeding Heartland and Grand Raggidy.
This means the new non-regional structure hasn’t quite put paid to regional playoff rivalries. London and Montreal have played each other at the final two Eastern regional tournaments (and picked up DNN’s Bout of the Year award for their trouble in 2011). Rose City and Denver might also rejoin battle in Fort Wayne–but the draw ensures that they won’t meet until the semifinal stage, if they meet at all. For Rose to meet Denver there, though, they need to beat London in the opening round and despite the Portland team beating London by 49 in June, that result that would be a Power Ranking, WFTDA Ranking and Flat Track Stats ranking upset. While Montreal, Arch Rival and Ohio are the highest seeds in the bottom half of the draw, Wasatch could well make trouble.
The second set of Championship contenders will be decided in Richmond, VA, on September 13, 14 and 15, in the tournament hosted by River City Rollergirls. The top seeds are Angel City, Texas and Naptown. Philly, Kansas City and No Coast round off the top six, with Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, New Hampshire and Terminal City completing the set.
Angel City is the highest-ranked team looking to make its first appearance at Championships; the top seeds in this pool also include perennial contenders Texas and Naptown, who only secured qualification after a last-minute dash across state lines to play a midweek game against Ohio just before the deadline.
More old regional rivalries crop up in Asheville, NC, during week three. That tournament, hosted by Blue Ridge Rollergirls, will happen September 20, 21 and 22, with top seeds Gotham, Rocky Mountain and Windy City. Minnesota, Steel City and Madison makes up the rest of the top six, while Houston, Nashville, Oklahoma and Columbia face the play-in round.
If results follow seedings, the third place game will be the traditional North Central region championship game: Windy City taking on Minnesota … only this time, only one of those teams would get to go to championships. Windy could avoid that headache with a semifinal upset of Rocky Mountain; if Minnesota want to stay out of the third-place game, they’ll need to upset Gotham.
The final playoff is hosted in Salem, OR, by the Cherry City Derby Girls, on September 27, 28 and 29. Bay Area, Atlanta and Rat City occupy the top three spots; Detroit, Charm City and Boston the next three. The final four are Sacred City, Victoria, Chicago Outfit and Toronto.
Bay Area and Rat City could contest the final there, but that would require at least one upset of Atlanta, who are the tournament’s second seed. Charm City’s opener against Detroit looks like one of the spicier first-round encounters of the playoff cycle. Australia’s Victorian Roller Derby League and Canada’s Toronto will make their playoff debuts in Salem as well, but as eighth and tenth seeds respectively, they’ll find progress hard.
|1||Gotham Girls||Denver Roller Dolls||Bay Area||Angel City|
|3||Windy City||Arch Rival||Rat City||Naptown|
|5||Steel City||Rose City||Charm City||Kansas City|
|6||Mad Rollin’ Dolls||Ohio||Boston||No Coast|
|7||Houston||Wasatch||Sacred City||Tampa Bay|
|9||Oklahoma||Bleeding Heartland||Chicago Outfit||New Hampshire|
|10||Columbia||Grand Raggidy||Toronto||Terminal City|
|Asheville||September 20-22||Fort Wayne||September 6-8|
|Gotham Girls||Denver Roller Dolls|
|Steel City||Rose City|
|Windy City||Arch Rival|
|Mad Rollin’ Dolls||Ohio|
|Salem||September 27-29||Richmond||September 13-15|
|Chicago Outfit||New Hampshire|
|Bay Area||Angel City|
|Charm City||Kansas City|
|Sacred City||Tampa Bay|
Division Two Playoffs
Details of the teams qualifying for Division Two tournaments were also released today. A host of teams make playoff tournament debuts, including tournament hosts Kalamazoo; they’ll be joined by teams with plenty of tournament experience such as Duke City, Carolina, DC, Jet City.
The first tournament is being held on August 16, 17 and 18 in Des Moines, IA, and is to be hosted by the Des Moines Derby Dames. The second is being held in Kalamazoo, MI on August 23, 24 and 25, hosted by the Killamazoo Derby Darlins.
|1||Santa Cruz||Sin City|
|6||Queen City||Duke City|
|Kalamazoo||Aug. 23-25||Des Moines||Aug. 16-18|
|Santa Cruz||Sin City|
|Queen City||Duke City|
For full details and up to date information on all the tournaments, see the the tournaments page on the WFTDA website.