September 18, 2016
Taking the lead in the last jam of the game with just a 3-point win, the Victorian Roller Derby league of Melbourne, Australia, snatched First Place and a first round bye at Championships from the grasp of Angel City Derby Girls, of Los Angeles. The dramatic final game capped a weekend full of fierce competition and surprising performances at the 2016 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
Joining VRDL at Championships Nov. 4-6 will be Angel City and Third Place finisher Rat City Rollergirls of Seattle. Rat City earned the third Championships slot with a hard-fought win of their own, fending off a serious challenge from Philly Roller Derby in their final match-up of the weekend.
Blocker Laci Knight of Angel City Derby Girls was named tournament MVP.
1st Place - Victorian Roller Derby League (Seed #1)
2nd Place - Angel City Derby Girls (Seed #2)
3rd Place - Rat City Rollergirls (Seed #3)
4th Place - Philly Roller Derby (Seed #4)
5th Place - Terminal City Rollergirls (Seed #5)
6th Place - Queen City Roller Girls (Seed #9)
7th Place - Stockholm Roller Derby (Seed #8)
8th Place - Sacred City Derby Girls (Seed #7)
9th Place - Arizona Roller Derby(Seed #10)
10th Place - Naptown Rollergirls (Seed #6)
Congratulations to all of the participating teams, and thanks to all the officials, announcers, photographers, and other volunteers who made the weekend in Vancouver such a success! Special thanks go out to tournament hosts Terminal City Rollergirls for welcoming the WFTDA community to the Vancouver area.
Be sure to join us next weekend—whether in person or via WFTDA.tv—for the next round of WFTDA Playoffs, Sept. 23-25 in Madison, Wisconsin. That tournament will determine the final three teams going to Championships. Following the event, there will be a random to place each team in a quadrant of the Championships bracket.
Real. Strong. Athletic. Revolutionary.