Mad Rollin’ Dolls (#11) vs. Bay Area Derby (#4)
The Mad Rollin’ Dolls Roller Derby (#11) of Madison, Wisconsin, U.S. took on the Bay Area All Stars of Bay Area Derby, San Francisco, California, U.S. (#4) in the third consolation game of the 2017 International WFTDA Division 1 Playoffs Seattle, in which Bay Area took a solid win.
Both teams had previously fallen to teams that will be heading to the WFTDA Division 1 Championships Philadelphia in November, Mad Rollin’ facing off against the Rat City Rollergirls on Friday and Bay Area having played Montréal Roller Derby on Saturday.
Mad Rollin’ put the first points on the scoreboard and grabbed lead in the first two jams before Bay Area cranked into gear and held Mad Rollin’ scoreless for the next seven jams, putting up 60 points.
Bay Area continued to make use of their legendary flat walls, which showed great dynamism, ebbing and flowing and, most importantly, keeping Mad Rollin’s jammers behind it for the most part. Mad Rollin’ used a more typical braced wall which was effective when catching opposing jammers but was often broken up by the Bay Area offense, which helped B.A.D. keep a strong lead throughout most of the game.
The teams had a similar number of jammer penalties in the first period with seven for Bay Area (including a triple jammer penalty on one occasion when Stefanie Mainey went to the box as a pivot-turned-jammer) to Mad Rollin’s six. But while Bay Area capitalized on every power jam in their favor, scoring 82 points during power jams alone, Mad Rollin’ was only able to score 49 points while Bay Area’s jammers were in the box.
About mid-way through the first period Mad Rollin’ found a lead jammer groove and, bolstered by Ladie Who-Ha’s 20-point jam, inched their way closer to Bay Area’s lead. At the half the score was Bay Area 125, Mad Rollin’ 73.
During the first jam of the second period The 4closer pirouetted through the pack on multiple passes while her blockers held onto Mad Rollin’s Black Velvet. Bay Area’s April Bloodgate went to the box in the next jam but her blockers were able to successfully kill the penalty and keep up the intensity of their defense.
Later in the period Ladie Who-Ha grabbed 15 points for her team but was knocked out by The 4closer (as a blocker) at the end of the jam. With a little under twenty minutes left on the clock Mad Rollin’ worked hard to rally, bringing the score to 157–100.
Throughout the second period Bay Area had intensely defensive jams as well as several high scoring power jams while Mad Rollin’ struggled to do the same. Even when Mad Rollin’ was able to earn lead jammer status, they were often forced to cut it short after obtaining only a few points or no points at all. Mad Rollin’ had twice as many power jams in favor in the second period as Bay Area but were not able to get through the defense quickly enough to catch up.
Although Bay Area came out on top over Mad Rollin’ by 241–140 the ranking difference between the two teams could mean a significant rise in the rankings for the Wisconsinites.
Bay Area Derby (Seed #4, WFTDA #10) 241
Mad Rollin’ Dolls (Seed #11, WFTDA #37) 140