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#3 Paris ends the run for #16 Dublin, 259-152

#3 Paris ends the run for #16 Dublin, 259-152 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

With Boston claiming their spot in the Championship game, #3 Paris Rollergirls and #16 Dublin Roller Derby took to track 1. Dublin, on a winning streak as incredible as any underdog sports film, had their sights set on facing their American cousins in the final game. The Parisians, with revenge on their mind, was not going to let Dublin have the Mighty Ducks ending they were hoping for.

#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.

#16 Dublin overcomes #12 Naptown, 161-158

#16 Dublin overcomes #12 Naptown, 161-158 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

In a weekend full of upsets, no two teams provided bigger surprises than #16 Dublin and #12 Naptown. Dublin’s unexpected victory over top-seeded Auld Reekie and dramatic one-point win over #9 No Coast have been the big story in Pittsburgh, while Naptown’s larger margins over #5 Oklahoma and #4 Jet City caused slightly less nail-biting but were no less impressive. The matchup between these two teams did not disappoint, with Dublin fending off a late rally from Naptown to pull off a 161-158 upset.

#15 E-Ville rises over Bear City, 207-187

#15 E-Ville rises over Bear City, 207-187 Photo credit: Steve Jurkovic Roller Derby Photography. facebook.com/SteveJurkovicRollerDerby

It was a dogfight in Pittsburgh between #14 Bear City and #15 E-Ville, facing off for the first time for the chance to take on #5 Oklahoma and a shot at 7th place. Bear City commanded lead jammer status through much of the game but was undone by a series of high-scoring jams from Shania Pain, as the E-Ville jammer put up 133 points to guide their team to a 207-187 victory.

#5 Oklahoma Victory roll past #8 Ohio, 182-164

#5 Oklahoma Victory roll past #8 Ohio, 182-164 Photo credit: Joe Mac. facebook.com/joemacphoto

A very close game between #48-ranked Ohio Roller Derby and #45 Oklahoma Victory Dolls had five lead changes. Power jams were part of those power swings, and each team had main scorers who helped push the score. Ohio got within two points as the game came to a close, but a string of lead jams for Oklahoma helped them secure the win, 182-164.