It sure was one busy weekend! Oh, and we’ve got big news: we have a new team, called AL-pakkas! Our 2 years time in Bunkkeri allowed us to raise a whole new generation of players, and this meant that we could develop our C-team into a more competitive crew, and build a new recreational team for the whole league. Both the new, shiny and more competitive C-cassette, and brand-new AL-pakka got to prove what they’ve got last Saturday at Joensuu, and meanwhile in Sweden our Queen B’s played a real nailbiter in Gothenburg.
C-cassette took a clear win over Joensuu Rolling Rogues
C-cassette traveled to Joensuu on Saturday to play against the Joensuu Rolling Rogues, the winner of last years Finnish Division 1*. We separated our C-cassette from our all-league skaters in the beginning of the year: this resulted in to a more competitive C-team, and a new all-league team called “AL-pakka”. Given that our B/C-crossover players were mostly traveling to Gothenburg at the same time, a tight game was expected, with some new roles. It was also the first official game with their new coach, Ville Koivula. C-cassette nailed the game, the final score was 112-230 for us.
*Here in Finland we have Finnish Nationals (Suomi Cup) series with 6 teams, and under that the Division 1 (Ykkösdivisioona) with 4 teams. Division 1 winner gets to play against the last team on Finnish Nationals, and by winning that there’s a change of getting to the Finnish National series.
AL-pakkas first ever game against Joensuu B-team, Rolling Raccoons
Also our newest darlings, AL-pakkas, mostly formed from last autumns and this falls freshmeat course graduates, nailed their game against Joensuus B-team, the Rolling Raccoons. AL-pakka had never played an actual game before, so this was a historical event for our league as well. We were very eager to see what kind of players we had trained during our time in Bunkkeri, and we sure got to be so proud of them: the final score for this game was 144-227 for AL-pakkas.
For more amazing pics from Joensuu, check out Marko Niemelä’s page here!
Queen B’s nailbiter game against Dock City Rollers A-team
Our Queen B’s travelled to Gothenburg last Saturday to battle against Dock City A-team. This tuff Swedes have been playing rather tight games against Finnish National Cup (Suomi Cup) teams, and they were as close match as it gets in the Flat Track Stats: Queen B’s 15th with 705,4 ranking points, Dock City 16th with 704,8 ranking points. In their previous match in November 2013, Dock City won Queen B’s clearly with 311-109 game.
Queen B’s were looking for a tight game especially to practise their mental game, and that goal sure was met. The game was incredibly even, the half time started with even numbers 82-82, and the final score was 180-179 for Dock City. Nice to notice that the Flat Track Stats algorithm does such a nice job with the ranking estimates. (By the way, if you are wondering how come Queen B’s stayed on top of Dock City in the rankings, it was due to the “home team bias” in the algorithm.)
It was nice to see all three Dock City teams play in the same tournament: their Plan B won the game against Gothenburg Roller Derby Badass Beavers, and their C-gulls won their battle against Team Kånk.
Queen B’s were meant to scrimmage against Gothenburg Roller Derby A-team on Sunday, but Gothenburg unfortunately cancelled the scrimmage after Queen B’s game -a bit of a last minute call due to lack of players.
Photos: Marko Niemelä Photography
P.S: Our All-Stars are prepping for their Anarchy in the UK tournament -that’s happening next weekend. All the top European teams will be there – stay tuned, and remember to root them!
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