Power Rankings – April 2013

There’s a lot more action in the Power Rankings this month as teams start to kick off their seasons in earnest. We’ve got our first ranking debut of the year, and another team returning after a lengthy absence. Want to skip the reasoning and jump straight to rankings? Go on then.

East 7th Place: 7E Boston Bests 8E Carolina, 156-128

BURLINGTON, VT — For the second time in two games, Boston found themselves up against one of their most storied regional rivals when they matched up against Carolina in the 7th place game at East Playoffs. Carolina led the game for most of the first 40 minutes and was still threatening in the final minutes, but the key of the game was a huge, barely-opposed power jam for Boston’s Ivanna Shankabitch; that second-half 34-0 was more than the margin of Boston’s 156-128 victory.

East Consolation: 10E DC Upends 8E Carolina, 210-179

BURLINGTON, VT — DC came into this tournament unfancied by most and off the back of a defeat by the unranked Berlin Bombshells from Bear City. But having already upset fifth seed Steel City this morning, DC registered another upset with their first win in six attempts against Carolina, and secured a berth in the fifth-place game tomorrow with a 210-179 win.

East Quarterfinals: 1E Gotham Breezes By 8E Carolina, 437-8

BURLINGTON, VT — A 28-0 two-minute opening jam featuring five natural grand slams for Bonnie Thunders made it clear to anyone who might have had any doubts how this bout would go–or were unfamiliar with the sport of roller derby–how this one was going to end. It wasn’t pretty; Gotham were effective, to say the least. Carolina’s performance wasn’t without bright spots, though. Returning veteran Holly Wanna Crackya livened up the crowd at points, as did DVS and long-serving star Roxy Rockett. But it was all Gotham, all the time; the 2011 WFTDA Champions booked their place in the final four with a crushing 437-8 victory. It was the first ever 400-point margin in playoff history, and the ninth ever in WFTDA sanctioned play.