Recaps

D1S: #7 Tampa Vexes #6 Santa Cruz, 278-101

SACRAMENTO, CA–On paper this match looked set to be close, with the 7-seeded Tampa Roller Derby challenging 6 seed Santa Cruz, and the first fifteen minutes delivered on that promise. From then, though, it was all Tampa all the time as Santa Cruz struggled to keep their skaters on the track and break through the Tantrums’ heavy defence. Tampa punctuated their dominance emphatically, closing the game with a 10-minute 64-0 run to secure a 278-101 victory.

D1S: #5 Terminal Dismisses #8 Kansas City

SACRAMENTO, CA–Saturday’s third consolation game saw #5 seed Terminal City up against #8 seed Kansas City (KCRW). KCRW was trying to bounce back from a crushing 519-17 loss to top seed Gotham in Friday quarterfinals, while Terminal City was coming off a Saturday-morning 377-76 win over #9 seed Blue Ridge. After a relatively close first half, Terminal City delivered a much more effective second effort and their second rout of the day, whomping KCRW 263-115.

D1S: #1 Gotham Upends #4 Rat City

SACRAMENTO, CA–After #1 seed Gotham (WFTDA #1) took on Kansas City yesterday, many in the audience thought that the semi-final against #4 seed Rat City (WFTDA #16) would be the same level of rout that was witnessed the day before. Rat City, however, came out fighting and was able to put up an incredible fight against Gotham, but the final score ended up 297-92 in Gotham’s favour.

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.

D1S: #8 KCRW Frees #9 New Hampshire, 178-97

D1S: #8 KCRW Frees #9 New Hampshire, 178-97 Photo (c) Donalee Eiri

SACRAMENTO, CA–The opening bout of 2014 Division 1 playoffs was contested by two teams that met in playoffs last year. New Hampshire kept it closer this time–but KCRW took it 178-97.