While England’s stalwart defence was enough to hold the USA to their lowest points total of the weekend, the outcome of this bout was never really in doubt as the Yanks racked up a 120-point halftime lead en route to a 260-71 victory.
The third-place game was contested by France and Canada, who found themselves both comfortably beaten in their semi-finals by England and the USA respectively. While the lead changed twice in the first few minutes, the Canadians led for the final 50 and took the win in a highly entertaining and competitive bout 196-111.
In a definite contender for game of the tournament, Australia clawed out a one-point victory over Wales to take the Men’s Roller Derby World Cup Plate, 201-200. The game swung back and forth with the margin rarely more than ten points for either side, though a massive 45-0 power jam for Skate Pilgrim late in the second period looked set to secure the game for Australia. That wasn’t to be, though — the Wizards gave away two power jams in the last two jams of the game, letting Wales come back only to fall heartbreakingly short courtesy of a smart call-off by the Australian jammer. With this win, the Wizards of Aus earn the first-ever MRDWC Plate.
The Bowl was contested by Finland and Ireland as proceedings began drawing to a close on the final day in Birmingham’s Futsal arena. The Finns took the win after leading from the start, but the Irish made it a contest throughout as they refused to let the Finns get away. It finished 232-163, with Finland taking ninth place in the tournament and Irish tenth, just behind Argentina and Scotland who took a joint seventh after losing their final games earlier.
The first of the tournament’s trophy games was contested by the winless Swedes–in this game as late tournament pull-out had given them a bye in the preceding knock-out round–and the Belgians whose only win this weekend had come over Japan on day two. The Belgians took the Jug with a comfortable 240-126 win.