MALMÖ, SWEDEN – Detroit and Kallio played at the same tournament last year, and against similar opponents, but it was still unclear who was going to take the win in this closely seeded matched up. In the end, the #8 seeding rang true for Detroit Roller Derby against their #9 seeded opponents, and they took the first game of the tournament, 269-162.
An early morning first-day game wasn’t about to dissuade the two teams from giving it their all when they took the track for the first whistle. Hipel went out in the star first for Detroit, starting a game trend as she and Racer McChaseHer wound up going out 11 jams apiece through the game, scoring an impressive 150 points between the two of them. With a hefty and well-timed offensive assist from her team, Hipel took first lead jammer status of the game and claimed game lead with 9-0 on the scoreboard.
While Detroit’s blockers were slow and heavy, making Kallio’s jammers really fight for every inch, Kallio’s defensive lines were more likely to explode and reform rapidly, recycling and re-enclosing increasingly frustrated opposing jammers. At this point, Kallio claimed the dubious honor of first game penalty, a trend that held them back as they ended the game with six more penalties than Detroit overall.
As the first game quarter ended, Detroit’s jammers seemed to put their rockets on fire, as they cleaned up massive scoring jams – four in a row of multiple scoring passes for the team. Hipel featured a huge 23 points, and Jilleanne Rookhard added 15 more pushing them up over the 100 point mark, creating an advantage that would take them into the half. Halftime score: Detroit 157-59 Kallio.
The return to game play brought Sara Gilbert a quick lead jammer claim, as Detroit’s defensive line seemed to dematerialize in front of them. But the narrow 5-0 score addition for Kallio wasn’t about to change the direction of the game, even as three further incremental points inched jams in Kallio’s favor, making it seem like there might be some flex. In fact, it wouldn’t be hard to claim that Sara Gilbert was the second half’s jamming force to be reckoned with, as the three following jams they claimed lead jammer status and added double digit points for the All-Colours each time.
But Detroit had taken a hold of the game, and wasn’t about to be dissuaded, as they hung on grimly to their 100ish points advantage, and would inch back up every time Kallio managed to wiggle the difference down. The majority of lead jammer claims fell to Detroit this half, once again, and it was really that fact that brought the game home for them in the end. Final score: Detroit 269-162 Kallio.
Detroit goes on to play against Gotham, at 4pm CEST (10am EDT, 7am PDT), while Kallio Rolling Rainbow doesn’t play again until Sunday, at noon (6am EDT, 3am PDT).