The first day of Beach Brawl saw debuts, it saw upsets, it saw close games and it saw a couple of blowouts.
Group six opened up the action; Sioux Falls have the lead going into day two courtesy of their 324-56 win over Mississippi (the biggest win of the day), while Alamo City are nipping at their heels following their 233-196 win over Lehigh Valley. Both winning teams swap opponents for day two, and could set up a deciding bout on Sunday if they maintain their perfect records.
BogotÃ¡’s Rock N Roller Queens’ 201-182 win over Tallahassee gave South America its first sanctioned win at the first time of asking in a bout that saw multiple lead changes and promising signs for the future. Maine beat Lowcountry in the other game in that group by 214-92, and take the lead going into day two. Maine and BogotÃ¡ face off in the day’s second game–whoever wins that one will be in the box seat to take the group on Sunday.
Dallas are in pole position in Group 4 thanks to a 314-87 win over Royal Windsor, though Blue Ridge’s 260-77 win over Carolina means that the Asheville team are not far behind. As with group six, the winners just swap opponents for day two, so a Sunday decider seems almost inevitable. Also worth noting: the Blue Ridge / Carolina result moves the once-mighty Carolina out of Flat Track Stat’s top 100 WFTDA teams for the first time.
Group three seems the most evenly matched across the board; DC are in the lead courtesy of a 157-111 win over Berlin in day one’s lowest-scoring game. That game saw multiple lead changes, though DC were in front for the vast majority of it as they consistently managed to peg the Germans back every time they made an advance. Gold Coast’s 197-193 win over Suburbia was even closer than the DC/Berlin game; while DC are in the lead at the moment, this group really is still anybody’s with Friday’s winners and losers facing off on Saturday to ensure things are very tight going into the final day.
Detroit led from rail to rail against Tri City in their 202-120 win over the Canadians to bolster their Division 1 playoff hopes while denting Tri-City’s chances. The Motor City team lead the group after Ft Myers came from a long way back with minutes left on the clock to pull off a shock win over Nashville, who looked home and hosed with 10 minutes to go before letting a huge lead slip and lose 146-144 on the final jam. Here, both winners and both losers from day one face off today, so only one team will go into Sunday 2-0.
Tampa’s 224-96 win over Stockholm just bettered Steel’s 197-123 win over Houston to leave the Tantrums top of group one. Tampa’s Saturday bout against Steel could well turn out to be the deciding bout in the group as, again, only one team will go into Sunday 2-0.
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