VANCOUVER, BC – Saturday night of WFTDA Division 1 playoffs in Vancouver closed out with the Terminal City All-Stars playing against the Stockholm All-Stars for the first time in their respective team history. Both teams met in this game to fight for a spot against Queen City in the battle for 5th place.
A big early jam by Terminal City set up the points trading and rush pattern of scoring for the team for the first game half. After returning from the half with fire in their bellies, the host team put a scoring shut down on their opponents, by controlling lead jammer status, with limited exceptions.The rest of the half saw penalties take their toll on Stockholm, who fought back with points grabs that wouldn’t be able to make up the differential. They ultimately came away with the win, 207-152.
Stockholm was able to grab an early lead at the hands of Lili Slinky, but a late jam call off allowed Terminal City’s Maiden Sane to grab a matching two points, and leave the first jam tied at 2-2.
Kim Janna followed up with a fast lead for Terminal, but a star pass by Stockholm’s A.M. Chaos to Polygamy Winehouse forced the call off at just four points for Terminal City.
A cut call on Maurine Filip during her turn with the star for Stockholm in the fourth jam into the game allowed Terminal’s Bazinga to run away with a 20 point rush to bring the score to 29-2.
At the end of the seventh jam, Stockholm’s contingent of blockers were able to gel and put Terminal’s Mulan Bruise on lockdown and keep her stopped up in the pack from turn two all the way back to the front straightaway. This gave A.M. Chaos enough time to get free of the pack and force a call off, but not before Bruise had been able to make three natural grand slams to push the score to 52-4 for the home team.
Big lateral moves and hits by both teams were the norm for this half. Both teams worked strong braced walls, but Terminal was able to keep putting up leads and multiple scoring pass jams. Stockholm ran into some penalty trouble including A.M. Chaos taking three box trips while wearing the star in the same jam just six minutes before the half. Terminal just kept pushing the lead and went into the half in the lead, with the score at 124-52.
Terminal City came out of the half as though on a mission and took the first four jammer leads, keeping Stockholm from putting up any points. The third jam back in was highlighted by Terminal City’s Palmer, as they drove Stockholm’s jammer, Lil Slinky, out to the outside and then made an outside apex jump over the opposing blockers to run them back past the pivot line.
Six minutes into the half Stockholm was able pull their first lead of the period but were still beaten out by Terminal’s Maiden Sane, who was able to put up four points to Lil Slinky’s three, bringing the score to 153-55.
Stockholm’s CaRollin’ Thunder was able to use the upper thigh of her lifted right leg to catch and hold Kim Janna just long enough for Maurine Filip escape with lead, and put up a 13-4 jam. Lil Slinky would follow it up with an 18-0 jam, when Terminal’s Bazinga took a box trip for a track cut.
Stockholm would continue to spend almost twice the time in the box as Terminal City and while Stockholm was able to grab lead seven of the last eight jams and keep adding to points it just wasn’t enough to overcome the scoring differential. Terminal City would take the win 207-152.
Terminal City will move on to face Queen City Roller Girls for fifth place on Sunday at 2 pm PDT. While Stockholm will face Sacred City for 7th place on Sunday at 12 noon PDT.