KANSAS CITY, MO — The first placement bout of the tournament saw two teams skating against each other for the first time; South Central 6 seed Tampa Bay and 10 seed Omaha. Omaha would, at worst, leave this tournament in the same place they entered it, while Tampaâ€™s standing looked much worse after two tough penalty riddled losses. Fortunately for Tampa Bay, they maintained a fairly comfortable lead for the vast majority of the game and managed a 103 point victory and 9th place.
The game started out a little scary for Tampa, as Omaha picked up lead the first two jams, and the score was 4 – 2 in Omahaâ€™s favor. Tampa regrouped and their jammer Flirtin W. Disaster put 3 grand slams up right as the clock passed the 5 minute mark to give them the lead at 17 – 4. Tampa went on a scoring run with seven back to back lead jammers, and expanded the score gap to 40 – 8.
It was starting to look like Tampa had gotten over their penalty problems, but just as their jammer Barbie Bont got lead she, and Omahaâ€™s jammer Anna Maniac, were sent to the box for major low blocks. Both were in and out in less than 2 seconds, but tough Tampa defense masterminded by Lunch Lady kept Omaha to 4 points, while Tampa gained 22. The result was a very comfortable 62 – 12 lead. Another jammer penalty gave Omahaâ€™s Mikillya a power jam, and as a result of apparent desperation Tampaâ€™s blockers were sent to the box one after another for various rules infractions incurred while trying to stop Mikillya; Omaha snagged 14 points and closed the gap to 62 – 26.
The half ended with the teams going back and forth scoring for the next ten relatively clean jams. While both teams increased their pile of points, Tampa netted more than 3 for every 1 of Omahaâ€™s points, and the score board read 93 – 33 when the period ended.
With the resumption of the game Tampa continued their rout and expanded their lead over the century mark after two jams, and putting up a total of 15 unanswered points after six jams. Omaha managed to get the lead several times, but had trouble getting any points before Tampaâ€™s lightning-fast Barbie Bont or Little A would force them to call it off, and five jams later the score was still wide open at 116 – 40.
The last 10 minutes of the game were dominated by Omaha power jams. Omaha had four of them to themselves but was held to a relatively light 28 points over their course. Even when combined with a handful of other points, Omaha just couldnâ€™t keep up with Tampa Bay, who secured their victory 176 – 73, despite continuing their jammer penalty problems.
With the conclusion of this game Tampa is the tournamentâ€™s 9th place finisher, and Omaha the 10th place finisher.