Preview: Richmond WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

Friday 10am: 8-seed Jacksonville (WFTDA #30) vs 9-seed New Hampshire (WFTDA #37)

Both rankings and stats make Jacksonville the favourites–but the relative lack of data on New Hampshire, who caught many by surprise when they burst into the D1 ranks this season, makes the stats less reliable than they might otherwise be.

New Hampshire laid upsets on both Dominion and River City at ECDX last year to announce their presence, but with their first sanctioned bout played in February 2011, they have a short history with WFTDA that easily explains their ‘relative unknown’ status. The first inklings of the move towards the Division 1 level might well be traced back to the start of the 2012 season when they brought on Shelby Shattered, formerly of Boston, as head coach. In the space of those two seasons, the league has gone from the bottom of the former WFTDA East region to #37 overall. After this playoff, who knows?

Jacksonville’s New Jax City Rollers have lost in recent memory to three teams ranked above them in this tournament: Philly, Kansas City and No Coast. But that doesn’t give us a clear indication of how this game is likely to look, with the higher-ranked teams being favourites for those wins from the get-go and Jacksonville filling out their season with an equal number of hefty wins in the region. They also have the benefit of playoff tournament experience from past seasons, which should help them rebuff New Hampshire’s advances.

Jacksonville

10 Nino Brown // 28 Deviant Behavior // 12 Buckie Rebel // 121 Flux Decapitat’r // 13 KatVonScratcherErEyez // 130 Crash Register // 19 Nuke // 20 Miley Virus // 82 hA hA HAze*ly // 111 Jamsterella // 440 Dirty RawkStar // 50 Lucinda Knickers // 616 Kimbustable // 62 Fancy Schmancy // 777 Lei Toro // 8 Laya Landmine // 301 Legs R Us // 480 Ms. Jax’Em // 9 Meow Mix Yo’ Face // 912 Erin Go Brawl

New Hampshire

1212 Liv N. Fear // 1911 Madame Scurrie // 1967 Rage of Aquarius // 1990 Cee N. Spots // 207 Crueliette Lewis // 21 Pammy Decker // 26 Chika Chika Bam Bam // 3333 Chicana Bruzya // 341 N. Raging Grace // 36 Bash // 50 Ivanna B. Vicious // 550 Tank’d Girl // 6 mcKilla Queen // 60 Swirko // 85 Punky // 9 Emma Donnelly // 9277 Lisbeth Slamintoher // B00M M-Eighty HD // MI6 Prissasin // PM5 Game Ovaries

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