Previews

The Officials of Sacramento

We’ve previewed the competitiors and the match-ups–but who is keeping a watchful eye over proceedings, and making sure everything actually *works* as it should on the track? We’ve included the current certification level for those who like to know these things–and we’ve included the leagues (where appropriate) where these officials ply their trade to highlight their diversity, and ensure leagues get appropriate credit for not only their success on the track, but the professionalism and training of their officials to boot.

Preview: #4 Rat City vs #5 Terminal City

The #4 vs #5 game is often the highlight of the first day of any WFTDA playoffs–and on occasion the entire tournament. On this occasion it’s taking up the headline spot at 2000 PDT, and we hope it lives up to that headline billing.

Preview: #2 Minnesota vs Tampa/BRRG

Preview: #2 Minnesota vs Tampa/BRRG Windy vs Minnesota, August 2014. Photos (c) Danforth Johnson

The third quarterfinal will see the second-seeded Minnesota RollerGirls looking to take the first step towards a return to Champs after a year away following an unfortunate draw last year that saw them beaten in the semis by Gotham only to fall to their oldest of enemies in the third place game.

Preview: #1 Gotham vs NH/KCRW

Preview: #1 Gotham vs NH/KCRW Gotham in Leeds earlier this year. Photo (c) Moneyshot

Let’s get one thing clear out of the gate. This is not anyone’s game. If the winner of New Hampshire versus Kansas City were to win this game, it would make the Miracle on Ice a mere footnote in the great book of sporting upsets.

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz

Preview: #3 Denver vs #6 Santa Cruz Denver's Julie Adams vs Cincinnatii at playoffs in 2013 (c) Dave Wood

Denver have a winning history against other tournament entries (Terminal City, Kansas City, Tampa this season, and Minnesota in the last), beaten only by Gotham and Rat City.

Preview: #7 Tampa vs #10 Blue Ridge

The teams contesting the second game of day one in Sacramento had very different playoff seasons in 2013. Tampa came into Richmond with high hopes of improving on their seeding but dropped down to 9th after an upset by 10-seeded Terminal City on day one. Blue Ridge didn’t just see playoffs in the 2013 season, but they also went to Championships in Milwaukee, placing third.