MRDWC Orange Group: Scotland, Canada in QFs; Japan Stumbles

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G1: Canada 255 Belgium 20

Canada opened their campaign in some style, running out into a 34-0 lead off the back of strong D forcing Belgium’s jammers and blockers alike to the box. Belgium’s blockers continued to just pinball off Canada’s jammers as they failed to impede their onward progress; it took a little over 10 minutes for Canada to break the century mark on their way to an 255-20 victory. A lack of effective offense from Belgium was as responsible for their low score as the top-notch Canadian blocking; their jammers simply could not break through the solid Canadian walls or beat Canadians one-on-one without help that was not forthcoming.

Belgium
1 Mr Revenge // 101 WimPlash // 1010 Niels on Wheels // 1030 Track Vader // 1101 B A Be-Reckless // 1111 Johnson // 24 Fantoohm // 3NT Bull’Doc // 404 JerOminous // 62 MurDuck // 666 Schuma Track // 77 Rocky Ballbearing // 88 Trick Or Threat // N6T4 Jet Poutre

Canada
0 El Tannant // 12 Walker // 1313 Dr T Sanchez // 14A Magic Johnson // 16 Marty Gras // 22 Ziggy // 4 Stan DaSide // 403 Riceball // 5 Red // 6 Quiet Riot // 66 Tichbourne // 71 The Rev // F22 BrADASS // M$ Tank

G2: Scotland 247, Japan 73

It took five minutes for Japan to get their first points on the board when their first lead jammer call was swiftly followed by their first power jam. Nippon Die got Japan’s first points before U2 took full advantage of the power jam next time out to bring Japan up to 25. Scotland’s defence held strong when they next sent a jammer to the box, though, and meant their 50-point lead never looked threatened. Japan’s enthusiasm combined with their lack of experience to mean that penalties rapidly started to rack up for them in all positions–and even cost them points after a jammer helmet cover was lost mid-pass and as box entry and exit rules proved troublesome. It was 110-38 to Scotland at the halfway stage with the crowd more involved than for any bout so far courtesy of vocal and involved support for both teams.

Smart jamming from Zorro took advantage of some penalty confusion in the Scottish ranks. He added 33 more points to Japan’s total across a full two minutes to make it 189-71 going into the final five minutes, but it wasn’t to be the start of a comeback as the Scots put the hammer down to close it out 247-73.

Japan:
1 U2 // 110 Show // 113 Gon-Z // 136 Zorro // 18 Gundam // 1929 DJ Jack // 32 ikagesoyaro // 4 Ryo-Chin // 7 Umesan // 99 Bubble // R4 Mayuge-Born-Die

Scotland:
101 Mathieson // 1664 Konanbourg // 18 Tequila Jammer // 19 JudderJam @ // 2212 Whyte & MacDie // 2D Nuke Jukem // 42 Dead Hardy // 5 Dreadie Mercury // 57 Jaffa Skates // 8 Porky // 802 rEd Baron // 9 WKDeid // 976 The Real Scrim Shady // SR71 zero

G3: Scotland 98, Belgium 82

A scrappy, penalty heavy and bad-tempered opening ten minutes saw multiple power jam induced lead changes across the first few minutes and very much set the tone for the bout. Belgium started to edge ahead despite increasingly vocal Scottish support willing the Power of Scotland on, as every time it looked like Scotland might get back into it, their jammers found themselves on the receiving end of penalties, and Belgium kept their momentum going.

Some huge hits from Scotland’s blockers kept the scoring down for a while as they knocked the stuffing out of Belgium’s jammers at the expense of penalty time, and the tactic paid off as they finally managed to keep their jammers on the track for a decent run of jams as the Belgians hit penalty trouble of their own. Both jammers were on the track when Nuke Jukem gave Scotland their first lead since the opening exchanges.

They looked to hold that lead into the final five as their jamming became more careful and their packs a little calmer before a single jammer penalty undid their hard work, leading to a cascade of penalties in the pack. Three of the final five minutes on the clock were eaten by timeouts before Scotland edged their lead up into the final jam. They grabbed lead with seconds remaining, and called it as the clock ticked under 30 to take the win 98-82.

With this win, Scotland secured a top-two finish in their group, and will progress in the main cup competition tomorrow, irrespective of their result against Canada.

Belgium:
1 Mr Revenge // 101 WimPlash // 1010 Niels on Wheels // 1030 Track Vader // 1101 B.A. Be-Reckless // 1111 Johnson // 24 Fantoohm // 3NT Bull’Doc // 404 JerOminous // 62 MurDuck // 666 Schuma Track // 77 Rocky Ballbearing // 88 Trick 0r Threat // N6T4 Jet Poutre

Scotland:
1664 Konanbourg // 18 Tequila Jammer // 19 JudderJam //1 997 Tea-Virus // 2D Nuke Jukem // 39 Duff // 42 Dead Hardy // 57 Jaffa Skates // 67 iHorror // 8 Porky // 802 rEd Baron // 9 WKDeid // 976 The Real Scrim Shady // SR71 zero

G4: Canada 349, Japan 11

After seven minutes Japan got consecutive lead calls and their first points of the bout to make it 49-3, but a run of jammer penalties sapped their momentum.

Those looked likely to be Japan’s only points of the bout as their individual skill, while impressive, was no match for the organisation and brute force brought to the track by the Canadians. However, U2 had other ideas. He got a rapid lead call inside the final two minutes and put up eight points before the bout was called prematurely due to an injury to Japan’s Gon-Z–who later left the track under his own power.

Canada secured a quarter-final berth alongside Scotland with a 349-11 win.

Japan:
1 U2 // 110 Show // 113 Gon-Z // 136 Zorro // 18 Gundam // 1929 DJ Jack // 32 ikagesoyaro // 4 Ryo-Chin // 7 Umesan // 99 Bubble // R4 Mayuge-Born-Die

Canada:
0 El Tannant // 12 Walker // 1313 Dr T. Sanchez // 22 Ziggy // 222 Nelson // 338 Flustercluck // 4 Stan DaSide // 5 Red // 66 Tichbourne // 71 The Rev // 86 Kent // 911 Homer Jency // f22 BrADASS // M4 Tank

G5: Canada 220, Scotland 18

Canada did need to resort to running some last-ditch jammer D to hold Scotland scoreless in some ill-tempered opening exchanges. The Real Scrim Shady put the Power of Scotland’s first points up after ten minutes had gone when BradASS was boxed; that two-minute jam made it 113-14 with 12 minutes gone. The Scots stole a 4-0 despite missing lead in the next jam before the Canadians got it back together.

The Canadians then held the Scots scoreless until the final minutes when Konanbourg grabbed four consolation points; it finished 220-18. The game also saw Canada’s Russian Destruction ejected.

Canada:
0 El Tannant // 1313 Dr T. Sanchez // 14 Russian Destruction // 14A Magic Johnson // 222 Nelson // 4 Stan DaSide // 403 Riceball // 5 Red // 66 Tichbourne // 71 The Rev // 84 Grey Gustov // 911 Homer Jency // f22 BrADASS // M4 Tank

Scotland:
1 Alottablackenblue // 101 Mathieson // 1664 Konanbourg // 18 Tequila Jammer // 19 JudderJam @ // 2D Nuke Jukem // 42 Dead Hardy // 57 Jaffa Skates // 67 iHorror // 802 rEd Baron // 9 WKDeid // 976 The Real Scrim Shady // 999 The Philth // SR71 zero

G6: Belgium 241, Japan 88

The teams traded points and blows in an opening fifteen minutes that spent more time 2-2 than it did 4-4–with one jam mostly played one-on-one in the pack as both teams queued for the box with a pack practically static between the jammer and pivot lines. Jammer penalties did mostly fall on Japan, though, and Belgium led from the get-go, despite enthusiastic support for the Ninjapan Rollers from the arena crowd who seemed especially enamoured with U2′s powerful hitting wearing the Ninjapan star.

The penalties kept on coming during jams that repeatedly saw multiple scoring passes for both teams; Belgium took a scrappy win in a very crowd-pleasing game 241-88 to secure third place and consign Japan to fourth.

Belgium:
1 Mr Revenge // 101 WimPlash // 1010 Niels on Wheels // 1030 Track Vader // 1101 B.A. Be-Reckless // 1111 Johnson // 24 Fantoohm // 3NT Bull’Doc // 404 JerOminous // 62 MurDuck // 666 Schuma Track // 77 Rocky Ballbearing // 88 Trick 0r Threat // N6T4 Jet Poutre

Japan:
1 U2 // 113 Gon-Z // 136 Zorro // 18 Gundam // 1929 DJ Jack // 32 ikagesoyaro // 4 Ryo-Chin // 7 Umesan // 99 Bubble // R4 Mayuge-Born-Die

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