MRDWC Green Group: England Cruises to Win; Argentina Impresses

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G1: England 158 Argentina 51

Minutes after the opening ceremonies were completed, Argentina and England took to the track. A 3-0 opening jam that saw the 8-man Argentina force an early call-off from England’s Reaper. Argentina’s jammers had continued success when Ballistic Whistle was boxed on a back block seconds into jam two. El Pibe gave Argentina a 10-3 lead dancing through some fairly static England packs. Cuts sent both jammers off in jam three–but the full two-minute jam let Sully give England a 29-0 jam and the lead after five minutes.

While Argentina had significant skating skill in their short numbers, it wasn’t enough to hold off England once they were in their stride, especially as the Argentina jammers struggled to stay out of the penalty box with cuts frequently forced by the England pack. The South Americans did mange to consistently steal points without lead jammer courtesy of late calls from England, and their power and footwork allowed for a number of lead jam calls across the half hour too.

Jammer penalties piled up for the English as the half hour came to a close too–but they came just as England’s blockers got a handle on Argentina’s wily jamming as Argentina’s power started to wane and the damage was limited. The opening bout finished 158-51 to England.

England:
17 Sully // 21 Toots // 26 Chemic-Al // 3 Sutton // 33 Rollin StoneR // 380 Flat Track // 4 Rex Tangle // 4J Reanimated Gif // 60 Jerry Attic // 6283 Spectral // 666 Reaper // 82 Dog // G00 Giggity Giggity // MI6 Ballistic Whistle

Argentina:
Chispita 10 // Sanchez 28 // Optimus Quad 5 // The Beast 666 // El Pibe 8 // Guevara 930 // Niño Acido 99 // Sir Ar2 D2

G2: Netherlands 101, Sweden 72

While Sweden managed to grab an early lead, a power jam for the Netherlands after ten minutes gave the Dutch a twenty point lead courtesy of Van Hurrt and Animal. That lead was 30 when Kickass Kruttson and Xploit took advantage of an Animal cut to bring it back within single digits. Another power jam two jams later let Kruttson and Xploit almost finish the job they started: a slightly delayed call means what should have been a lead-changing jam fell one point short. MegaWhat tied it up at 66-66 with a 1-0, but Sweden just could not get their noses in front. 16 unanswered points over three jams off the back of consecutive lead jam calls for the Netherlands looked to have sealed it as they took their lead into the final two minutes to close out the win 101-72.

Netherlands
03 Fairy Godfather // 11 Monkey Chopper // 114 Ripsnorter // 1F Untitled Rush’n // 2 ANIMAL // 42 Kirk Rammitt // 43 Halogene // 505 Rollin’Reckless @ // 585 Johnny B Rude © // 666 Nocturnal Damage // 747 Captain Borderline // 8888 Ben van Hurrt // 981 Rudi Cartell // T800 Legion

Sweden
1 RÃ¥-djuret // 13 Mick Jäger // 221b Block Watson // 3 Enjoyboy // 333 Mr Nice Guy // 404 Xploit // 5×3 Sweet Jackie // 61 Kickass Krutsson // 64 BadgerBadger // 75 Hellvis // 76 MegaWhat // 8 Rönnerup // G33K Ol’ Nerdy Bastard // Y4U Jada-jada

G3: Argentina 176 Sweden 49

After impressing earlier against England, Argentina came in skating hard looking for their first win, with the winless Sweden also looking to break their duck.

Argentina made a mockery of their short numbers with another impressive display of speed and power, knocking the sizable Swedes over left and right on offense and defence as they ran into a 50-point lead–a 35-0 from Castillo was particularly impressive, with the first 20 scored before the Swedish jammer was frustrated into the box by the Argentinian defence.

Smart tactical play from the Argentinian team ran the clock at the expense of a couple of points when they ran into penalty problems to defend their lead. Castillo threw up another huge powerjam before El Pibe did the same to make the lead over 100 going into the final 10 minutes.

Argentina only extended that lead as the bout drew to a close despite minor hiccups as they gave up a couple of low-scoring power jams, and the bout finished 176-49 as Argentina rose to second in the group and left the Swedes in last place.

Argentina:
10 Chispita // 28 Sanchez // 5 Optimus Quad // 666 The Beast // 8 El Pibe // 930 Guevara // 99 Niño Acido // D2 Sir Ar2

Sweden
1 RÃ¥-djuret // 13 Mick Jäger // 221b Block Watson // 3 Enjoyboy // 333 Mr Nice Guy // 404 Xploit // 5×3 Sweet Jackie // 61 Kickass Krutsson // 64 BadgerBadger // 75 Hellvis // 76 MegaWhat // 8 Rönnerup // G33K Ol’ Nerdy Bastard // Y4U Jada-jada

G5: England 363, Sweden 0

England cleaned up their play for their final group game against Sweden. They managed to avoid the early-doors jammer penalty catastrophe that let both their first two opponents on the board and comfortably held Sweden scoreless.

England led 181-0 after fifteen minutes as Sutton Impact, Reanimated Gif and Spectral brutalised Sweden’s jammers and blockers alike.

They kept on pushing towards tournament records as they kept Sweden entirely out of the game. They kept up their discipline and pushed on to the second shutout and biggest win of the tournament so far, 363-0.

England:
13 Darth Sebious // 17 Sully // 3 Sutton Impact // 33 Rollin Stone R // 380 Flat Track Bully // 4 Rex Tangle // 418 Jarvis Blocker // 4J Reanimated Gif // 4Q Don Gingovanni // 60 Jerry Attric // 6283 Spectral // 666 Reaper // G00 Giggity Giggity // X111 Nanaki

Sweden:
1 RÃ¥-djuret // 13 Mick Jäger // 221b Block Watson // 3 Enjoyboy // 333 Mr Nice Guy // 404 Xploit // 5×3 Sweet Jackie // 61 Kickass Krutsson // 64 BadgerBadger // 75 Hellvis // 76 MegaWhat // 8 Rönnerup // G33K Ol’ Nerdy Bastard // Y4U Jada-jada

G6: Argentina 105, The Netherlands 35

Argentina built an early 22-point lead before Holland scored their first points in a jam that saw Argentina’s Sanchez become the second skater ejected on day one, after hooking the leg of a Dutch skater and being penalised for an egregious low block. That took the South Americans down to seven skaters for the remaining 20 minutes.

Proceedings after the ejection were more even, but the Netherlands didn’t seem to be able to close the gap, find a consistent way through the Argentinian walls or reliably hold up either of Argentina’s diminutive jamming pair of El Pibe and Castillo.

Once the final ten minutes began, Argentina found themselves again and they stretched their lead. Seemingly tireless offense across the board meant they racked up points on the powerjam inside the closing minutes. Two jammer penalties inside the final three minutes for Holland served to seal the deal and give Argentina an emphatic 105-35 win.

That meant Argentina finished in second place behind England, consigning Sweden and The Netherlands to the consolation bracket.

Argentina:
10 Chispita // 28 Sanchez // 5 Optimus Quad // 666 The Beast // 8 El Pibe // 930 Guevara // 99 Niño Acido // D2 Sir Ar2

Netherlands:
0 Jimmy Felon // 03 Fairy Godfather // 11 Monkey Chopper // 114 Ripsnorter // 1F Untitled Rush’n // 2 ANIMAL // 3141 Mastermind // 42 Kirk Rammitt // 43 Halogene // 505 Rollin’Reckless @ // 666 Nocturnal Damage // 747 Captain Borderline // 8888 Ben van Hurrt // 981 Rudi Cartell

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