The weather is changing, at least here in Wisconsin, and the derby action around the world continues to heat up. This week saw action from 11 current Top 100 teams and the addition of 4 new teams to the rankings this week. And the biggest news of the weekend is the continued rise of Arizona in the derby world.
Now in fairness to Arizona, their rise started last season with their run into the D1 playoffs that culminated with their 5th place finish in their respective playoff. In fact the only reason they were not ranked higher so far this season in my rankings was 521-125 loss they suffered at the hands of Texas during those playoffs. But it was this past weekend and their “How the West Was Won” that brought them back to probably their correct rankings.
Arizona welcomed a nice mixture of teams with Brewcity, St. Chux and Calgary all making the trek down to sunny Arizona for a round robin set of play. Arizona put forth an effort that not only resulted in 3 wins (by an average of 208 points) but also a WFTDA points average of 436 points. That moved them up 10 places from last week and now has them situated in 20th place. Being in the Top 20 could end up being very important as a #5 seed is much more likely to beat a #4 seed than a #6 is to beat a #3. That allows a team to reach the semi-finals and ultimately means they are just one win away from Champs. Arizona is far from done and the next few months they are staying very busy (Skate to Thrill in Missouri, Tinseltown Showdown in California, and Bestern in Colorado) and playing some of the best competition there is. Come July we will really know where they stack up and I’ll be curious to see how high up the rankings they can go.
The other three teams at “How the West Was Won” had some very mixed results. Brewcity went 0-3 and while they were able to keep the points good enough from a WFTDA perspective against St. Chux and Calgary their bout against Arizona only got them about 121 WFTDA points and made their return to D2 Playoffs a bit tougher than before the weekend started. As of now I am showing them all the way down in 72nd. St. Chux finished the weekend 1-2 and that cost them 11 spots. The drop is almost more a product of just how tight things are in that part of the rankings. 32nd and 48th are only separated by about 20 points and we are going to see a huge battle down the stretch for those final D1 playoff spots.
And one team that is looking more and more like a D1 teams is Calgary. By going 2-1 in the weekend they move up to 39th and made a very nice statement with their 137-103 win over St. Chux. At this point it all could come down to their schedule from here until July and if they can get the right match ups to maximize the WFTDA points needed to make it to D1. As of right now their website shows a bout on June 6th against a team to be determined, so we will have to just do a wait and see on them.
Lots of talk there and I could keep going, but there are plenty of weeks yet to come. Here are the Top 100 rankings as of today.
*As a note, I am now up on Twitter and will send out weekend updates on some of the top scores impacting the rankings as they happen. Just follow me @derbymath
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