2019 Championships Game 10: Arch Rival v Rose City

Arch Rival Roller Derby (Seed #4) v Rose City Rollers (Seed #1)

Arch Rival Roller Derby95

Rose City Rollers 155

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For the sixth year in a row, the Rose City Rollers of Portland, Oregon, U.S. (Seed #1, WFTDA #1) will play for the Hydra at the 2019 International WFTDA Championships Montréal. Rose City beat out Arch Rival Roller Derby of St. Louis, Missouri, U.S. (Seed #4, WFTDA #5) in the semifinals by a score of 155-95, and will play Gotham Girls Roller Derby of New York City, New York, U.S. (Seed #2, WFTDA #3) in the Championship game.

Arch Rival will play for third place against Victorian Roller Derby League of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Seed #3, WFTDA #2), which is the furthest Arch Rival has made it at WFTDA Champs.

Rose City has won three out of the last six trips to the finals. They lost to Gotham in 2014 and beat them in 2015 and 2016. Rose also won in 2018 against Victoria.

The path through Arch Rival was not an easy one. The first period was incredibly tight. Arch Rival’s defense locked down Rose’s jammers and it often took a solid minute for someone to breach the defense and earn lead jammer status.

Lead jammer status was spread evenly between the teams in the first half, with Arch Rival able to navigate Rose’s defense enough to keep the score close, bringing it to a tie, and at times, taking the lead. At the half, Rose had an uncomfortable lead 64-52.

Something often happens during those halftime talks and Saturday’s semifinal was no different. Rose City came out stronger, harder, and quicker in the second half. With a small adjustment, Rose City’s offense helped their jammers slice through the initial pack for quick lead jammer status. Arch Rival’s defense depended on the catch and keep, subjecting Rose City’s jammers to a long grind for points or lead.

Rose City’s Loren Mutch started the second with a power jam, scored 10 points to Arch Rival’s 0 and Rose never stopped after that. Rose earned more lead jams (15-8) in the second half and held Arch Rival scoreless in several jams throughout the period.

Rose City vs Arch Rival in Game 10 of the 2019 International WFTDA Championships
Photo: Ryan Quick

Arch Rival never stopped chasing but they were not able to shift their defense to compensate for Rose’s changes. It’s hard to stop the Rose City jammers when they are pirouetting, blasting through or leaping over the pack.


Both teams caught the same number of penalties (26 each) throughout the game and there were very few jammer penalties on either side, but enough during the second period to give Rose City that edge they needed to get back to the finals.

Arch Rival will play Victorian Roller Derby League for the bronze medal Sunday at 2:00pm EST, and the Championship game between Rose City and Gotham starts at 4:30.

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