D1R: (4) Philly Stumbles Past (5) Kansas City, 261-225

D1R: (4) Philly Stumbles Past (5) Kansas City, 261-225 Photo: Sean Hale / Hale Yeah

RICHMOND, VA–While Philly and Kansas City have an old and storied rivalry, the third bout of day one in Richmond was not widely expected to be a classic bout in that series. Philly’s performances this year might not have been their finest, but they looked likely to have enough to brush a struggling KCRW team aside. Kansas City didn’t get that memo, though; in the first half, while they couldn’t deal with VanEssa ‘V-Diva’ Sites, whenever any other Philly players had the star they were very much in contention. The second half was even more even as Sites started to struggle and Trauma showed off her skills with the star–but KCRW couldn’t dig themselves out of the hole Diva dug in the opening exchanges. Philly progresses to the semifinals with a 261-225 win.

Preview: Richmond WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

This weekend, Virginia sees the second installment of the WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in the road towards Championships and the Hydra. And while this grouping of 10 leagues doesn’t have as many travel miles behind them on the way to the tournament as last weekend’s, it doesn’t make the road travelled seem any less long, metaphorically-speaking, with many of the leagues experiencing key team additions or subtractions, and dramatic alterations in game play on the way to these end-of-WFTDA-season games.

Power Rankings – May 2013

Now we’re cooking. May saw a couple of upsets, but most of what we learned came from the closeness of games that went the right way.

Arch Rival Upends #18 Kansas City, 164-99

Arch Rival Upends #18 Kansas City, 164-99 Photo (c) Bob Dunnell

BALLWIN, MO–In three prior “Show Me State” battles, Kansas City (DNN #18, WFTDA #19) had always trumped cross-state opponent Arch Rival. That streak came to an end Saturday night as St. Louis (WFTDA #13) utilized a 37-0 second-period sprint en route to a 164-99 victory at Midwest Sport Hockey in front of 575.