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Road to The Hydra: The Fort Wayne Leg

Road to The Hydra: The Fort Wayne Leg Photo: Dave Wood.

After every playoff, some of our writers are going to look back at what they have learned and how they think what happened that weekend is going to play out for the rest of the season. Enjoy!

D1FW Championship: (1) Denver Squishes (6) Ohio, 304-134

D1FW Championship: (1) Denver Squishes (6) Ohio, 304-134 Photo: Dave Wood

FORT WAYNE, IN–Ohio made a game of things for the first 25 minutes as they exploited Denver jammer penalties–but an 82-1 run for Denver either side of half time and an 83-4 run in the second period either side of another jammer penalty ensured the Mile High Club took the tournament victory with ease, 304-134.

D1FW 3rd: (4) London Controls (2) Montreal, 230-129

D1FW 3rd: (4) London Controls (2) Montreal, 230-129 Photo: Dave Wood.

FORT WAYNE, IN — For the third time in the last three years, London and Montreal faced off in the WFTDA playoffs — but for the first time, the contest was in the tournament’s third-place game, putting a guaranteed berth in the WFTDA Championships on the line. Montreal managed to play a considerably cleaner and tighter game than they had in their semifinal loss to Ohio on Saturday, but they were also up against a tougher opponent; London earned their first trip to Champs with tough, smart defense powering a 230-129 win.

D1FW 5th: (5) Rose Dismantles (3) Arch Rival, 259-107

D1FW 5th: (5) Rose Dismantles (3) Arch Rival, 259-107 Photo: Dave Wood

FORT WAYNE, IN–The consolation bracket final was contested by Rose City and Arch Rival, with both teams looking to salvage something from a weekend they were hoping would finish with a medal and ticket to Milwaukee.

D1FW 7th: (7) Wasatch Shuts Down (8) Cincinnati, 275-95

FORT WAYNE, IN — Sunday’s battle for 7th place between 7th-seeded Wasatch and 8th-seeded Cincinnati was a relatively tight contest for the first 20 minutes, but Wasatch completely took over at that point. A half-spanning 132-6 run for Wasatch put the game far out of reach; with Wasatch’s 275-95 win, both teams ended up playing to seed.

D1FW 9th: (10) Grand Raggidy Arrests (9) Bleeding Heartland, 186-134

D1FW 9th: (10) Grand Raggidy Arrests (9) Bleeding Heartland, 186-134 Photo Credit: Dave Wood

FORT WAYNE, IN–When Grand Raggidy and Bleeding Heartland met in April, the Flatliners took the win 215-176 to level the all-time series between the teams at 1-1. Bleeding Heartland took an early lead–but Grand Raggidy held the lead at half time, and eventually secured the win 186-134 after a disciplined final few minutes of gameplay.