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D1S: Gotham Surmounts Denver, 193-89

SACRAMENTO, CA–It took Gotham 33 minutes to break the century mark in their match-up against Denver, but once they hit that mark, there was no stopping them. They held Denver scoreless for seven of the first eight jams in the second period, opening up a 70-point margin with 20 minutes to play en route to a final score of 193-89.

D1S 3rd: Minnesota Slaughters Rat City, 197-142

D1S 3rd: Minnesota Slaughters Rat City, 197-142 Minnesota Rollergirls celebrate placing third at Sacramento playoffs, securing a place at Championships. Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign.

SACRAMENTO, CA–This was indeed a game of two halves and in the opening period, Minnesota looked set to roll right over Rat City, who struggled to break through Minnesota’s stalwart defence. But where Minnesota had doubled up on Rat in the first period, Rat did the same in the latter part of the second–but the run came too late. The margin established in the first three-quarters of the game saw Minnesota escape with a relatively comfortable margin, 197-142, giving them third place in this tournament and punching their ticket to Champs.

D1S 5th: Tampa Somethingpunnys Terminal City, 181-156

D1S 5th: Tampa Somethingpunnys Terminal City, 181-156 Tampa's bench celebrate their win over Terminal City at Sacramento playoffs. Photo: Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.sign

SACRAMENTO, CA–Terminal City could well claim the credit for the popularity of the star pass at this tournament, after relying heavily on it during last year’s playoffs season–and it was again much in evidence in their close loss to Tampa in the fifth place game. Smart play got them within a point of Tampa late in the second half and kept them within ten in the game’s closing minutes–but Little A capitalised on an inopportunely-timed last-second track cut by Maiden Sane to bring Tampa home strong and secure them fifth place with a 181-156 win.

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 7th: Santa Cruz Blows Away Kansas City, 171-122

SACRAMENTO, CA – In the match-up for 7th and 8th place, #6 seed Santa Cruz (WFTDA #25) came up against #8 Kansas City (WFTDA #33). Kansas City had come off a big loss to #5 seed Terminal City the previous day, just as Santa Cruz had come away from a big loss to Tampa. With Kansas City looking to better their seeding and Santa Cruz looking to not slip any further than one placing, both teams were out for a win in their final game of the weekend. 

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.