Stockholm Roller Derby (Seed #9, WFTDA #23) vs. Paris Rollergirls (Seed #11, WFTDA #30)
In the first consolation game of the 2018 International WFTDA Playoffs A Coruña, Stockholm Roller Derby of Stockholm, Sweden dominated the track with their strong, nimble jammers and intense defense. They won handily against the Paris Rollergirls of Paris, France in a fast-paced game.
The first jam set the pace for the entire game. Stockholm won lead jam, there were double jammer penalties, went the full two minutes and had periods of grueling defense. At the end of it Stockholm held the lead. They kept that lead for most of the game. Paris inched ahead of Stockholm briefly towards the end of the first period 69-73 thanks to a 22 point jam by Kurdy Malloy but Stockholm took lead back immediately with a 9-0 jam. At the half the teams were fairly close: 132-73.
Stockholm won lead jam in almost every jam throughout the game and were able to shut Paris off the scoreboard jam after jam. Those points were not easily earned, however. There were many apex (and straightaway) leaps that collected four points in a single bound, but most often Paris blockers set strong tripods and recycled the Stockholm jammers ruthlessly.
Stockholm held Paris to only 43 points in second period. They used star passes to shut down any advantage gained by a Paris lead jam. Paris was able to lock down Stockholm’s jammers and recycle them in an effort to slow down the Stockholm scoring machine. Kurdy Malloy remained the most effective jammer for Paris throughout the game.
If everyone had as much fun playing roller derby as Kurdy Malloy does, the sport would be a better place for all. #talk2WFTDA
— Crista Murphy (@cristaxlynne) September 1, 2018
Ultimately, Paris worked to keep the score as close as possible and Stockholm tried to pull further ahead. These teams have their eyes on 2019 and, hopefully, another trip to a WFTDA Playoffs.