Sunday 26th March, 2017
Walker Dome, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Rounding off a weekend of fixtures between some of Europe’s strongest leagues, Team Scotland faced off against Team Ireland for the final action of the Euroclash event hosted by Newcastle Roller Girls.
The game offered the chance for Team Scotland to avenge the 190-150 loss they suffered against the same opponents at the Road to TBC tournament in Cardiff last November. Their chances of making amends soon suffered as Siobhan Murphy gave the Irish an early lead, taking advantage of two powerjams to put them 20-0 up after the first jam.
Strong defence from both teams meant that few points were scored in the ensuing jams, although a large chunk of Ireland’s lead was eaten up by a 10 point jam from Landsborough, the highlight of which was a beautiful shirt whip off Dundee teammate Seaton. A lead change eventually came when a 13 point jam from Patterson gave her side a 36-24 advantage. A penalty laiden jam was then capitalised on by Scottish captain Rosie Peacock, extending the lead to 50-28.
Incremental gains from Team Ireland and a 14 point jam from Rusty Bullet saw them catching up towards the end of the first half which ended with Scotland narrowly leading 79-74.
After an even first period, the beginning of the second half saw Team Scotland quickly pull away from their Irish counterparts with a succession of lead jammer statuses falling in their favour. Effective offence from Seaton, Jo Mamma and Phoenix and strong defence exemplified by CrazyLegs, Shorty and Little allowed Scotland’s jammer rotation of Landsborough, Peacock, Laurie and Patterson to take full advantage, allowing them to reach 176 points by the time Team Ireland themselves reached the century mark. Team Ireland’s cause hadn’t been helped by some costly powerjams, while their blockers too were racking up the penalties, but it was ever-improving teamwork from the Scots that ultimately made the difference.
With Dublin Roller Derby and Auld Reekie Roller Girls having competed at Euroclash throughout the weekend, there remained a large contingent of both Scottish and Irish supporters in the Walker Dome to cheer their nations on. The friendly rivalry on track was mirrored on the bleachers as both sets of fans proudly upheld their respective nations’ reputation for revelry with some good-humoured and lung-busting vocals. But it was the Scottish crowd with the most to cheer as their side successfully kept their opponents comfortably at bay, with a final scoreline of 209-128 to close the curtain on an entertaining and action-packed weekend of Roller Derby.
3 Anita B Nasty
407 Jo Mamma
50 Rosie Peacock (c)
LUM: REd Baron