Preview: Richmond WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

Game 6: Friday, 4:00 PM, 2-seed Texas (#6 WFTDA) vs winner of Tampa/Terminal City

Texas enter this playoffs as an old hand, with the most playoffs and Championships experience of all of the leagues meeting in Richmond, VA. Not only do they have a long history of making it to Championships, they enter as second seed for this playoffs, which gives little reason to expect this season to herald any marked changes for them.

Their Friday game against the winner of Tampa vs Terminal City seems sure to be a win, given the 249-98 margin the Texecutioners put up over Tampa in last year’s South Central regionals and Terminal City ranked below Tampa. This season so far has been fairly solid for Texas, with their only major loss of 2013 to Gotham at ECDX. They also had a close call and a three-point loss to home team Windy City at the Golden Bowl. Their ECDX demolition of Philly makes Angel City look to be the team most likely to stop them taking the first-round Championship bye for which they have always aimed.

Key new addition, last year’s Western MVP Jammer and former Angel City skater, Fifi Nomenon is now a blocker to watch; although she has been used as jammer in a pinch, she’s not been favoured in that role by the Austin team. Long-time Texecutioner and team stalwart Bloody Mary has been taking on the jammer helmet cover more of late. Keep your eyes peeled for the jamming prowess, as ever, of Olivia Shootin’ John, and the formerly-banked-track Smarty Pants now in her second season on the flat.

There may also be a familiar face on the Texas bench in place of their staff from last year–former Texecutioner Curvette left the squad in the off-season only to return to a coaching role.

Texas

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