Preview: Salem WFTDA Division 1 Playoff

SALEM, OR–Since August, we’ve been charting the Road to the Hydra as it has snaked through Des Moines and Kalamazoo for Division 2 Playoffs, and through Fort Wayne, Richmond and Asheville for Division 1. This weekend’s tournament in Salem, Oregon, is the last playoff tournament before champs in Milwaukee on November 8-10 and there are plenty of good match-ups on show.

#23 Wasatch Seasons #20 Sacred, 214-148

#23 Wasatch Seasons #20 Sacred, 214-148 (c) Donalee Eiri, Photography by D.E.Sign

EUGENE, OR–There was a lot of hype leading up to this game between the two highest ranked teams playing at the Big O, and the match up between Sacred City (#20 DNN, WFTDA 27) and Wasatch Roller Derby (#24 DNN, WFTDA 20) did not disappoint. The game was characterized by fierce, physical pack play and pitted the light-footed and oft-airborne jammers from Utah against the inexorable forward momentum of Sacred’s 4closer and Daddy’s Girl. After seven lead changes and remarkable defensive and offensive efforts by both teams, Wasatch held Sacred nearly scoreless for an almost 15 minute stretch late in the second half and emerged victorious 214-148.

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.

Powering into Rankings: Weekly Rollup, March 21, 2013

Last Weekend’s Bouts