Boston Roller Derby

1st Place: #7 Boston repeats victory against #3 Paris, 166-150

1st Place: #7 Boston repeats victory against #3 Paris, 166-150 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

#7 seed Boston and #3 seed Paris met the previous day for the bracket Championship, resulting in a 198-115 win for Boston. The first half of this game resembled the last game with quick points and a close score. Boston really started to pull away in the second half last time, so Paris was clearly determined to keep that from happening again.

The crowd was clearly pro-underdog and so every time Paris earned lead status, the fans went wild. However, it was Boston who earned those lead statuses more often, helping them control the game with dominating defense and fewer penalties. Paris made them fight until the very end, but Boston took another win against them, 166-150.

#7 Boston takes out #3 Paris, 198-115

#7 Boston takes out #3 Paris, 198-115 Photo credit: Joe Mac. facebook.com/joemacphoto

The final game of Saturday saw #3 Paris Rollergirls facing #7 Boston Roller Derby and both teams have had stellar weekends so far. Paris earned their spot into this game by dominating Bear City and Columbia by about 50 points each. Boston also took the winners route through the bracket, defeating Pirate City 194-184 and Tucson 196-110. This game was one of the most anticipated of the weekend: both teams have displayed intelligent game play, quick offensive strikes, and versatile jammers.

#7 Boston takes down #2 Tucson, 196-110

#7 Boston takes down #2 Tucson, 196-110 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

The first jam of Game 14 set the tone with tough defense and hard hits. As things progressed, Boston’s ability to earn lead status more often allowed them to control the game and push their lead to a comfortable zone. Tucson fought tooth and nail for every point, but nine total jammer penalties ultimately hurt their scoring chances.

Advancing to the final game on Track 2 today at 8:30pm EDT, Boston defeated Tucson, 196-110.

#7 Boston sinks #10 Pirate City, 194-184

#7 Boston sinks #10 Pirate City, 194-184 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

Game 8, between #47-ranked Boston and #51 Pirate City, was close from start to finish. Boston may have the long history of WFTDA-tournament play, but Pirate City is no stranger to a long weekend after spending two weeks in the United States this year for K-Town Shakedown and the Big O. Both teams locked into solid triangle defensive formations and made it tough for the jammers to even earn lead status.

Boston got about twice the amount of penalties that Pirate City did, but they earned lead status more often in the second half when it mattered most. Pirate City made a strong push in the final quarter of the game to regain the lead, but Boston clung on and finished with a win, 194-184.

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79

D1M 5th Place: #5 Dallas protects ranking against #6 Boston, 245-79 Photo credit: Duane Baker Photography. facebook.com/duanebakerphotography
MONTRÉAL, QC – In a battle for bracket rankings on the final day in Montreal, #6 Boston met #5 Dallas hoping to improve by a single position, as Dallas were motivated to retain theirs, in what—on paper—looked to promise a tight contest. Boston, having escaped two narrow wins over Sun State and Rocky Mountain in games prior, unfortunately appeared a step behind their competitors for most of the game, as Dallas’ quick transitions and cohesive pack play ultimately dominated. While Boston tried to adjust by utilizing quick star passes and various formation tactics, Dallas asserted control and locked down the game early to bring an easy win, 245-79.