Paris Rollergirls

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.

#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.

#3 Paris Rollergirls Beat #14 Bear City in their First Playoff, 205-152

#3 Paris Rollergirls Beat #14 Bear City in their First Playoff, 205-152 Photo credit Sean Hale

Not showing a hint of jet lag were the two Europeans, in the game between Paris Rollergirls (#3) and Bear City Roller Derby (#14). Bear City was hoping to pull a Dublin and up-end their significantly higher-ranked opponent.

This was the first time Paris took the track at a WFTDA International Playoff, but Bear City has been known as the Comeback Champions in past years. If there is anything the world has learned about Bear City, it’s not to count them out.

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls

New to WFTDA 2017 Playoffs: Paris Rollergirls Photo credit: Cedric Hervaud. facebook.com/cedric.hervaud.3

The Paris Rollergirls are another team putting their country on the WFTDA map this year, with their Playoff debut. Like most teams with a competitive edge, they dreamed of making tournaments and after taking a risk, Paris realized how attainable their goals really were.

Going 5-0 in sanctioned games this season, Paris’s passion is taking them all the way to Pittsburgh, PA, as a #3 seed at the Division 2 Playoffs. Read on to learn more about the French roller derby scene, and how the drive and commitment of the Paris Rollergirls have taken them this far.