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Roller Derby World Cup – Blood vs. Thunder All-Star Expo Game

Roller Derby World Cup – Blood vs. Thunder All-Star Expo Game Photo by Danforth Johnson

DALLAS, TX  – The Team Blood versus Team Thunder was an all-star exposition bout composed of skaters from the teams that did not advance to the semi-final round.  The result was a fun, very competitive game that brought together players from all over the world for one game.  The game went back and forth but in the end Team Blood won 153-129. Check out the rosters below, and how some of the consolation games went on Saturday.

Roller Derby World Cup – England gives Canada the Royal treatment in Semi-Finals

Roller Derby World Cup – England gives Canada the Royal treatment in Semi-Finals Photo by Danforth Johnson

DALLAS, TX – The first jam gave us the phrase that was indicative of how the rest of the game would play out: jammer penalties. After three in the first minute and thirty seconds of gameplay that jam ended at 0-0, but then the next ten minutes were slow going. After that, England pulled away with the help of power jams, but by the half Canada had closed up the gap with some of their own. After Canada continued their run in the second half, with Konichiwow leading their defense, Mainey and many of her London teammates hung on with demoralizing packs and forced Canada on more penalties.

England took the win, and now moves onto the Final game, 156-112, and play Team USA at 7pm. Canada plays Australia for 3rd place at 5pm. (The final was formerly at 5pm, but World Cup organizers have since added the 3rd place game.)

Roller Derby World Cup – USA mixes up AUS in the Semi-Finals

Roller Derby World Cup – USA mixes up AUS in the Semi-Finals Hugs all around. Photo by Danforth Johnson

DALLAS, TX – Australia started the game strong both defensively and offensively, while the USA was slow to come alive.  For the first 15 minutes of the first half Australia consistently got their jammers out of the pack quickly through a combination of a couple of different offensive strategies and star passes. The Australians found success by swarming Team USA’s wall and racking USA blockers toward the center of the track, opening the inside and outside lines for their jammers to pass through. Defensively, Australia was extremely impressive. Their backwards-bracing walls proved difficult for Scald Eagle, V-Diva and Jackie Daniels to break though, often holding them in the pack for 30 seconds. Nicole Williams also had trouble breaking through Australia’s four wall and uncharacteristically did not earn lead jammer status for a number of jams. Shortstop had an amazing half and managed to slip through the cracks in the USA’s walls for an impressive lead percentage.

Roller Derby World Cup – Day Two Mega Recap

Roller Derby World Cup – Day Two Mega Recap Chile and The West Indies kept it interesting until the very last jam. Read more to see who moves on this weekend. Photo by Danforth Johnson.

Day 2 of the Roller Derby World Cup was a chance for top teams to seal their positions as top in their pool, and for 2nd and 3rd ranked teams to battle it out for that coveted second spot in the elimination rounds. The games played on Day 2 set the seeding for the first elimination round, which takes place for the better part of Saturday, followed by the quarter-finals on Tracks 1 and 2 later in the day.

In this mega recap, you’ll find details on all the remaining pool play. But if you’re looking for a blow-by-blow of what happened when Team Vagine Regime took the track last night, that’s over here.

Roller Derby World Cup – Day One Mega Recap

Roller Derby World Cup – Day One Mega Recap France vs Switzerland. Photo by Brangwyn Jones

After a long first day at the second Roller Derby World Cup, and 27 games later, many teams came out with exactly the big points expected, and many had their thrilling debut showing at this global event. With only three teams to Pools 7 and 8, repeat big performers Team Canada and Team USA have already secured their spot in the second round by the end of this first day of play, while the rest of the pools have likely finishers.