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D1S 9th: New Hampshire Crests Blue Ridge, 168-111

SACRAMENTO, CA–New Hampshire opened strong and were able to escape a second-half comeback by Blue Ridge to take 9th place at the first D1 tournament, 168-111.

D1S: #9 Denver Ices #8 Minnesota, 185-93

D1S: #9 Denver Ices #8 Minnesota, 185-93 Denver Roller Dolls' Urrk'n Martin escapes the pack in their game against Minnesota Rollergirls at D1 playoffs in Sacramento, September 6 2014. Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SACRAMENTO, CA–Minnesota came out of the gate strong in the last bout of day two and kept the first ten minutes pretty close, but Denver’s trademark demoralizing defense kicked in thereafter. That ultimately stopped up Minnesota’s scoring and kept the Mile High Club in control of the game. Denver extended their all-time record over MNRG to 4-0 with a solid 189-93 win.

D1S: #3 Denver Rolls Over #6 Santa Cruz

SACRAMENTO, CA–The game between Denver and Santa Cruz went about as expected: Denver played their demoralizing defense and worked toward a solid win over the #25 ranked Boardwalk Bombshells. After Santa Cruz placed 2nd in Division 2 last year, the team started this year by playing up into D1 for a number of games–winning over Wasatch in March and losing by just 38 points to Rat City in June. Their tenacity definitely showed during this game, but their 260-48 loss to Denver showed that the top 40 has a wide range.

D1S: #4 Rat Edges Out #5 Terminal

SACRAMENTO, CA–The #4 seed vs #5 seed is always the game to watch at playoffs, and the Sacramento square-off between #4 Rat City (WFTDA #16) and #5 Terminal City (WFTDA #18) was no exception. The bout was a barnburner from start to finish, with Rat City edging Terminal out 191-142.

D2KW: Berlin Halts Demolition City, 180-177

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.

D2D 1st: Detroit Condemns Sin City, 318-106

D2D 1st: Detroit Condemns Sin City, 318-106 Photo (c) Danforth Johnson

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.