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.
FORT WAYNE, IN — In the second semifinal of the Fort Wayne Division 1 Playoffs, 6th seeded Ohio scored their second upset of the weekend by staying clean and smart against 2nd-seeded Montreal, who occasionally seemed to be firing a machine gun at their own feet. Montreal committed 12 jammer penalties, dug themselves a 78-point first-half hole and trailed by 62 at the half. Though the second half was nearly perfectly even at 74-73 Ohio, the underdog could afford to play a conservative endgame and rode a fine performance to a 212-149 win, a trip to the tournament final against top seed Denver, and a guaranteed berth in November’s WFTDA Championships.