Welcome back to the one and only weekly WFTDA rankings. Things have sure picked up and now we are starting to see the teams that are legit and those that maybe need to get to work. Before I even get into my info I have to promote two excellent articles that Derby Central published this week. First is their recap of the Quad City Chaos, which you can find here http://www.derbycentral.net/2015/03/2015-quad-city-chaos-tournament-recap/. The second is their article regarding coaching in the derby world (http://www.derbycentral.net/2015/03/the-mystery-of-coaches/). I think this is a part of the sport that will (needs to?) improve as the sport grows. Im of the philosophy that a good coach can coach anything, but there will always be weaknesses when doing a sport that may not be their natural sport. But the biggest area is bout/game management. A great skater may be able to teach others how to skate better, but that doesn’t mean they can manage a bout. Its a special skill, but in a growing sport it will take some time for more and more great coaches to emerge.
This week their were just so many great bouts and Im going to touch on as many as I can, but admittedly I probably wont be going in depth on any particular team like I had the past few weeks. First off, Jacksonville and Atlanta played a thrilling 173-170 bout. Jacksonville moves up a spot this week and now the biggest question for these two is if they can get all the way up to #3 seeds or are they looking at #4 seeds again. The second bout I want to spend a minute on was a little battle for Iowa between Team United (in their first WFTDA sanctioned bout) and Old Capitol. Team United took a comfortable 240-87 win and that places them all the way up at #17 this week. With only 1 bout in they have plenty of movement coming for them, but I think it will be rather safe to say they will end the season a D1 team if they get enough bouts in. The last 1-off bout that drew my attention was Arch Rivals complete domination of Nashville. On Saturday Nashville took down a St. Chux team on the cusp of D1 168-154, but then on Sunday they were on the receiving end of a 345-36 beat down from Arch Rivals. That cost Nashville 13 spots this week and they are now appearing at #50. St. Chux used the close bout to move up 4 spots to #36 and Arch Rival moved up 5 to #16. Oops one more bout I forgot about, Detroit’s 233-90 shocker over Ohio. Now, most of us knew Detroit was possibly the best team in D2 Playoff history (this may be true going forward as well), but I don’t know how many of us expected this result. Detroit is now looking at a possible #5 seed for D1, while Ohio will be in a battle to hopefully get a #7 seed.
And then we had the 4 teams in the Quad City Chaos: Boston, Rideau Valley, Steel City and Toronto. What a great little weekend for all 4 teams, and even better for the fans. All 6 bouts saw the margin of victory under 55 and it was very nice to see Rideau Valley continue their success from D2’s last year and show that they are right there with some D1 regulars. They moved up 21 spots this week and this weekend should help them get over that loss to Calgary last August when Calgary was still up and coming and greatly underrated.
We have the Dallas Clover Cup this weekend. 8 teams (all currently ranked Top 83) in a true tournament with possibly the best game being an opening round bout between Dallas and Kansas City. I’ve been high on Dallas after they missed playoffs in 2014 and this will be a great chance for them to show just how far they have come.
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