#TacoTravelTips: EuroTravel and Roller Derby

#TacoTravelTips: EuroTravel and Roller Derby Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: 2017 marks the start of a new era in International Roller Derby!

We’re moments away from the final day of play for this weekend’s FIRST international playoff in Malmo, and this past weekend’s amazing gameplay in Seattle by Argentina’s 2×4 Roller Derby is setting the stage for some serious global action in our sport. With the Roller Derby World Summit in the books and the Roller Derby World Cup on the horizon, travel talk has been something on everyone’s mind.

D1M: #5 Helsinki finishes #11 Calgary, 365-107

D1M: #5 Helsinki finishes #11 Calgary, 365-107 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – #5 seed Helsinki beat #11 Calgary in a true-to-seedings final score of 365-107, and while the Finnish team hadn’t had as far geographically to come to be at the tournament, the two teams have had similar histories of play across the last few seasons to bring them to this weekend.

The Europeans decided they weren’t about to let Calgary take any quarter, and they sealed the game by the halftime, pulling out a 131 point differential, and closing in the same vein.

D1M: #2 Denver takes flight over #7 Stockholm, 330-152

D1M: #2 Denver takes flight over #7 Stockholm, 330-152 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – With the added oomph of Scald Eagle under their wings, Denver is a team to beat this playoff weekend. Despite their best efforts to topple the soaring team, Stockholm was unable to take the wind out from under them. Denver came out of this second game for Saturday with a solid win, 330-152.

D1M: #1 Gotham subdues #8 Detroit, 457-54

D1M: #1 Gotham subdues #8 Detroit, 457-54 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMÖ, SWEDEN – Given the infamous unbeaten track record of Gotham, Detroit couldn’t be said to have entered this game anticipating a win. Since the seedings had held true through the first half of the day, certainly all eyes were on the New York team to take the final win of the day.

What wound up happening was play held firmly in the hands of the Gotham Girls, as they finished up the game with over 400 points more than Detroit, after they played for points (since every game counts towards rankings for each season), ending up with 457-54.

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65

D1M: #1 Gotham beats #4 Crime City, 237-65 Photo Credit Marko Niemelä

MALMO, SWEDEN   The home team enjoyed an enthusiastic crowd and multiple standing ovations for excellent turns of defense and impressive offensive maneuvers. Overall, the game was filled with slow grinding braces, great team and individual defense, and violent knockouts and draw backs on both sides.

In the end, Crime City could not hold back Gotham’s offensive power and Gotham, despite a slow start, took the win with a score of 237-65.