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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.

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.

#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.

#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.