Naptown 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.

#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.

#12 Naptown steals victory from #5 Oklahoma, 235-174

#12 Naptown steals victory from #5 Oklahoma, 235-174 Photo credit: Sean Hale Photography. facebook.com/rollerderbyphotography

The #45-ranked Oklahoma Victory Dolls came out the gate strong this game, picking up the first points and mounting a lead over #53 Naptown Roller Derby in the first ten minutes. A combination of speeding packs and slow, determined defense kept this game interesting and Naptown showed they could keep up the endurance game that Oklahoma Victory set out to play.

Despite Oklahoma Victory having a slight edge on lead jammer status percentage and earning nearly half the total penalties of their opponent, Naptown was able to match points and put up enough big scoring jams to overcome. Naptown finished out the game on top, 235-174.