DALLAS, TX – Ultimately, with many of the highlight players from Australia coming from Victoria, the game was dominated by their style of play – plenty of rotating and solid defensive trios and quartets, with jamming lead highlights. A game fraught especially with high block calls, as well as the usual percentage of cut track calls, especially on jammers. It was really the lead holds by Australia through the first half that established their firm hold on the game, and despite a second half push-back from Team Canada, the Australians were ultimately victorious, taking home 3rd placing in the World Cup with a win of 197-128.
The first jam began with Canada’s Mel-E-Juana jamming against dynamite Australian Short Stop when right off the line Mel took the first lead of the game, and pushed Canada into the running rapidly with 2-0.
Aussie Christy Demons grabbed her team lead in the next, and gathered a heftier 10 points, with Muss and Biceptual in particular holding the front line, forcing a star pass to KonichiWOW for Canada, and Australia found yet a further 5 points, taking the tally to 15-2, only 3 mins into the game.
These two jammers taking the lead for Team Australia was apt, as these two Australian jammers became clear point addition favorites for the game.
By 10 mins into the game, a lead jammer call for Christy Demons came while Kim Janna was trapped in the pack and repeatedly recycled by solid Australian blocking controlled tightly by Calamity Maim.
Australian jammers took repeat leads throughout the first half, and made certain to make full use of their advantage to control the game, and clamp down on Canada’s point scoring. By the first quarter, Canada had finally snuck in a handful of points, their first in five consecutive jams, pushing the game to 41-25, to Australia. And so, Canada’s first team time-out might have been a little too slow to be called as Australia pushed ahead to 64-25 with 12:30 remaining in the first period, gaining 23 points in just two and a half minutes.
After an impressively solid defensive 1:10min of jam was burned on J16 in the game before any jammer was able to break out of the initial pass, finally Hipel took lead for Canada. When Australia’s Mad Mel Arena was boxed on a cut track almost simultaneously, she came right back into the next jam, and finished it on a power jam start after claiming lead. But points still mounted for Canada, and Australia only managed to inch further.
With the final jam in the half rounding the corner, the jammers on the line were Hipel and Giles. Quickly, Heavy Flow hit Giles, taking a high block call with that hit but not managing to deny Giles lead, and Giles called rapidly after points additions as Hipel raced up behind her. The half finished with the score at 116-40, and 76 points between the two teams – a number that widened slightly and barely reduced for the rest of the game.
Back into the game, Mel-E-Juana let ahead of Hargaves playing for Australia, giving Canada first lead into the game. Canada took another lead soon after, too as they denied Christy Demons lead for the first time in the game in the third jam back. Canada seemed to really double-down on the defensive play from the first whistle back in, and those lead calls told the tale well.
By the time the game was 5 mins further into the second period, the Canadians had managed to add in a further 21 points to the Australians’ 11, and it looked like the Australians might be beginning to genuinely lose their grip on the game.
A low block penalty was called on Short Stop as she fell hard, calling off the jam with Australia’s first lead jammer call in several jams. Flaming Gallah was quickly in the middle of the track, arguing that call, to no avail. The resultant power jam start kept the climb going for Canada.
At about the 12 min mark into the game, a couple of lead jammer grabs from Team Australia started to turn the game back into their hands, and the score peaked at 147-77, with an 80 point spread between the teams.
Georgia W. Tush, in what is likely her final game before retirement, took the star on a star pass, and then one power jam pass, before being boxed. The resultant full two minute jam was a Giles power jam in the main, but a returning Tush was enabled by a Canadian rear wall that wasn’t going to let Giles go.
Australia jumped right back, then, on the jammer lead bandwagon, and pushed right back with some repeat points additions only occasionally interrupted by Canada just enough to maintain approximately a 70 point differential for many minutes.
Canada rounded the 7 minutes remaining mark with a boxed Australian jammer, Hargraves, gifting them a powerjam start and therefore lead. Hargraves took another penalty, and Mel-E-Juana made the call-off, giving Canada both a powerjam start and an Australian jammer who was now on her 3rd jam. A 4:2 pack advantage for Australia held back the easy lead that Kriss MyAss had gained, but a high block call on her promised to slow Canadian momentum. The 179-118 score briefly cut the differential to only 61 between the two, before Australia quickly pushed it back up finishing the jam at 190-123.
Mad Mel Arena, who had been in Australia’s reserve for the second half, took on one of the final remaining jams, taking on a powerjam and lead as Hipel was boxed.
And a final jam was played with Short Stop and Mel-E-Juana ending exactly as they began, as Mel took lead and let the time elapse with too many points between the teams to be surmounted in a single jam. That left the final score at 197-128, handing Team Australia the 3rd place in the World Cup, up from their 4th position 2011 showing, and Canada 4th position, down from the #2 placing in their 2011 games.
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