Dublin Roller Derby

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.

#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.

#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.

#16 Dublin takes down #9 No Coast, 166-165

#16 Dublin takes down #9 No Coast, 166-165 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

In their first game on Friday, #49-ranked No Coast was able to pull away from #48 Ohio and stay in control, leading to their 72-point win. Their scoring was not spread evenly among their jammers, however, as Slam took the track and the weight of scoring for their second game, having already scored 119 points that day. #58 Dublin had a wider, more consistent jammer rotation which helped them put up big points at crucial moments.

Meeting for the last game of the day on Track 1, No Coast and Dublin played the closest, most exciting game of the day with a spot at Championships on the line. After three lead changes, the game came down to the final seconds of the game, and Dublin was able to steal the win by one point, 166-165.

#16 Dublin fights past #1 Auld Reekie, 200-183

#16 Dublin fights past #1 Auld Reekie, 200-183 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

The first game of the weekend was between two newcomers to the WFTDA tournament scene this year, #41-ranked Auld Reekie and #58 Dublin. This game between the top and bottom seed proved to be much closer than one might have predicted, and a tough battle to the very end.

Auld Reekie set the tone with the first six lead statuses of seven, and the ability to lock down their defense. Dublin took hold of the second half, and as jammer penalties racked up for Auld Reekie, the Irish underdogs held on for a 200-183 victory.