GENT, BELGIUM–The hosting Gent Go-Go Rollergirls took on MalmÃ¶’s Crime City Rollers in the fifth-place playoff of A Skate Odyssey. A strong start from Crime City ended up being more than enough to keep the Belgians at bay–they took fifth place with a 233-134 victory.
Three jammer penalties in the first two minutes meant the bout opened in very scrappy fashion–but did allow Crime City to race into an early 33-7 lead after the first three jams.
Crime City’s Curly HÃ¥Ã¥r continued her quietly impressive form in the early stages to build her case for the tournament jammer MVP award, ably supported by Ankefar and Fenix Fortsomfan. Crime City’s strong back walls and occasional recycling were the bane of the Gent jammers who found it almost impossible to score–they amassed a mere 10 points in the next 17 jams and found themselves 95-17 behind.
Martacus and Pussypit picked up consecutive lead calls after that, though, adding 8 to the home team’s total. An illegal procedure major on JJ Fury was swiftly followed by two majors in the Crime City pack next time out to fill their half of the box just as Gent returned to full strength. 30 points for Double U Jay followed before Crime City could empty the box–and she put up another 5 before calling the jam to make it 95-60 with 3:39 left in the period.
Crime City just edged the final three jams of the period, but it was Gent who took the momentum into the break, 100-64 behind.
They lost it within moments of the restart, though, as Ankefar opened the second period with a quickfire 2-0 before Curly put up a 30-0 powerjam to set Crime City back on the right path.
Two jams later she put up a 21-5 jam over FalWaffal when she ignored her bench’s instruction to score and call as Pooky Balboa controlled the Gent jammer on her scoring pass.
Gent got 7 points across several jams to stem the bleeding–but when Pussypit and Fenix hit the box in the same jam ten minutes in, Gent managed to make some more serious inroads into that lead to leave the scoreboard reading 173-95.
As the final fifteen minutes began, Crime City’s jammers and bench were watching the clock just as much as the scoreboard as they deliberately increased the pack speeds and let jams run. That let Gent pass the century mark without really troubling the margin despite a near-constant numerical advantage in the pack for the Belgians until the final five minutes.
The clock passed the two-minute mark with Crime City leading 211-125. A lead jam call for Pussypit caused the crowd to erupt–but she backblocked her way to the box trying to steal points in the dying seconds before forcing a final jam. Appropriately enough it was Curly who got lead in the game’s final jam–but on her third scoring pass she went to the box on a backblock call of her own. But Pussypit hit the box for an illegal re-entry seconds later.
The Gent star threw in multiple apex jumps in that final two-minute jam to give the home crowd an excuse to make more noise than had been heard all weekend–but they weren’t enough to stop Crime City claiming fifth place with a 233-134 win.