3rd Place: #12 Naptown Knocks Out #16 Dublin, 215-144

3rd Place: #12 Naptown Knocks Out #16 Dublin, 215-144 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/pg/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

Battling for third place overall, #12 Naptown took on #16 Dublin. These teams faced each other only the day before with a very different overall outcome, with Dublin taking the win 161-158 after a surge late in the game. In this match, however, Naptown dominated Dublin in this game, taking a swift victory of 215-144.

Dublin got the first points of the game with nine points by Dashing Trudy Snow while Scorpiopathic picked up a penalty and was ultimately forced to pass the star. Although, Naptown held Dublin to those points for the next four jams while they took the lead 15-9. From there, Naptown was able to put up scoring passes more consistently, while Dublin struggled to get even full scoring passes. A 23-point power jam by Scorpiopathic brought Naptown to a 69-22 lead with about ten minutes left in the first half.

 

While Naptown’s Maiden America had a hard time putting up points against Boston that morning, she scored more than half of Naptown’s total points this game, followed by Scorpiopathic, who scored 71 points for Indianapolis. Nuck L.  Sammie sat out this game while Krytical Velocity helped fill out the rotation with Darth Blue.

Dublin had a solid three jammer rotation with scoring spread more evenly between Dashing Trudy Snow who led with 49 points, followed by Manija with 47, and Bloody Harry who scored 40. Thea had typically been the main third for Dublin, but Manija was able to transition between pivoting and jamming as necessary throughout the weekend.

Dublin certainly played their hearts out and did not give up at any point during this game, but they were ultimately no match for Naptown’s strong defense and jammer magic. At the half, the score stood 106-55 in Naptown’s favor, but it still felt like Dublin could make a comeback, as they already had three times this weekend.

Dublin came into the second half looking stronger, but Naptown held them scoreless for nearly nine full minutes of game play. Dublin briefly made a bit of a momentum shift, but could not answer to Naptown’s focus and energy. In spite of Dublin’s clear determination and grit, Naptown took the win 215-144, taking home the bronze for the first WFTDA D2 Championship with the combined Playoff format.

This was the fifth game over the weekend for Naptown and Dublin, with the Dubs working all the way to fourth place as the #16 seed. All 14 of their skaters played each game, and Bloody Harry came out as the top scorer with 253 points, followed by Dashing Trudy Snow with 274. Manija split her time between jamming and blocking but proved valuable as the only jammer with a positive differential, at 49 points, after all of their games.

For Naptown, they were able to put some wiggle room in their rosters with a total of 17 skaters taking the track throughout the weekend. In five games, Maiden America scored 368 points with a positive differential of 162. Scorpiopathic earned 250 points and Darth Blue had 143.

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