My favorite teams of the weekend were Montreal, Steel City, and Charm City. As I anticipated, Montreal seemed to be the sweetheart team of the weekend. In their first game, they held their own against Boston, but it's not too much of a surprise that Boston took the win. On Saturday, they lost by only 2 points to Carolina, which later that night one NSO described to me as a "comedy of errors." Montreal ended up taking 7th place after a strong bout against Providence.
|Steel City's Hurricane Heather jamming past out of play|
blockers from Carolina.
This game was a great way to warm us all up for the rest of the weekend - I think it was my favorite game of the tournament. Even though I came into the weekend with my eye on Steel City (and kept it there the rest of the weekend - they ended up taking 5th place), I began rooting for Charm City as well.
|Philly vs. Gotham. Notice how some blockers started |
closer to the jammer line. Getting ready to execute the
"slow game" strategy.
The score was neck-and-neck for the first 45 minutes of the game, until Charm City started pulling ahead, kept their defense strong, and won the game by 34 points. Wooo! I don't believe Charm City has never gone to the Championships before, so there was much celebrating. Advancing teams will be: Gotham, Philly, and Charm City.
Catch some good recaps on all the bouts from Derby News Network here: http://derbynewsnetwork.com/2010/09/eastern_region_playoffs_recaps
I learned some other interesting things and met some cool people this weekend, which I'll talk about in my next post.