TORONTO, ON — Coming into this second-to-last game of the round robin portion of the Roller Derby World Cup, both Sweden and France were 1-1, but Sweden finished second in Group A by besting France in a relatively low-scoring game, 110-46.
Tight opening exchanges saw points tallied by both sides as they vied to stay off the bottom of their group in the opening minutes with fast packs and low-scoring jams saw 27 points scored in the first ten minutes, leaving Sweden ahead 17-10 as both teams started to settle down.
Sweden settled first, with Mad Malooney dropping 20 points after Francey Pants was boxed. Another 10 for Sweden edged them further into the lead, with the scores at 47-10 with 15 minutes gone. A prolonged period of Swedish dominance without any particularly big jams left them with a commanding lead of 62-14 at the half.
The start of the second half mirrored the start of the first with both sides picking up lead jam calls and grabbing points in small numbers when they could, with Francey Pants the star for the French team leaving it 72-26 with 13 minutes left.
An injury to France’s Kozmic Bruise knocked the French back, and a big jam from Ankefar took Sweden to the century mark and into a commanding 100-33 lead with 7 minutes left on the clock. A powerjam to France with 5 minutes to go looked like it might open the door for the french as the Swedes filled the penalty box, but Swede Hurt again proved to be more than a match for France’s jammer Cash Pistache, holding her back until Hyper Nova slipped out of the box and stole three points.
This left the score at 105-46 going into the final jam, which Mad Malooney started unopposed with under a minute left on the period clock. She was forced to work hard in the final jam by the French pack — and called it after picking up a final five points, leaving the final score at 110-46.
Sweden and France’s similar performances at the tournament leave them seeded back to back at 5 and 6. Sweden will face 12th seed Argentina at 6pm Friday, while France goes up against 11 seed Brazil at 7:30pm.