Rose City Rollers (Seed #2, WFTDA #2) vs. Montréal Roller Derby of Montréal, Québec, Canada (Atlanta #3, WFTDA #8)
The Rose City Rollers of Portland, Ore. cruised into this match as the #2-WFTDA-ranked team at the end of the season, earning a bye to the 2018 International Championships in New Orleans, La. Meanwhile, Montréal Roller Derby of Montréal, Canada blocked and grinded their way to this Friday-night game, defeating the Crime City Rollers of Malmö, Sweden, earlier in the day in a nail-biter of a game in which they came from behind to take the win in the last five minutes. Tonight’s result was never in doubt, with Rose City leading the entire way and winning, 222-107.
— Derby Little Secrets (@Derbyltlsecrets) November 10, 2018
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While Montréal’s first game of the day was a game for the jammers — full of acrobatic leaps and toe-stop ballet, tonight’s game highlighted blocking. Rose City’s communication and cohesiveness kept Montréal’s jammers stymied for most of the game, while their aptly timed offense destabilized Montréal’s defense. In turn, Montréal’s blockers made every point a fight for Rose’s jammers and kept many of the jams to single scoring passes.
— Spacey Lords (@spacey_lords) November 10, 2018
Notable performances for this game included Montréal blockers Cheese Grater and Mashed Brotato, as well as De Nada who went 2-2 with leads, wearing the star for the neon-clad Canadians. On the Rose City side, Elicia Nisbet-Smith played solid defense while Morgan Levy was stellar on offense.
Rose City will continue their quest for the Hydra in the semi-finals, facing the Gotham Girls Roller Derby All Stars at 6 p.m CST tomorrow. Montréal will be playing the 4 p.m. consolation game.