GRAND PRAIRIE, TX — The Dallas Derby Devils rode a combination of blazing jammer speed and thunderous defensive work to a convincing win over visiting Northwest Arkansas, 104-29.
The ladies from Arkansas managed to stay in the bout for the first half of the first period, but Dallas would eventually build an insurmountable lead, sticking resolutely to a jammer rotation of Anita Riot, Hot 4 Teacher and Keltic Kamikaze. The 40-minute bout kicked off with Anita Riot grabbing lead and speeding to a 8-3 win over NWA’s Mellow Yellow. The following jam was a bit closer for NWA, as nimble jammer Hot 4 Teacher also got lead but would only manage to increase her team’s lead by a point, with Apache Rose claiming 3 points to Teacher’s 4. On jam 3, though, Dallas’ Keltic Kamikaze went 8-0 over Itty Bitty Bang in a full-length jam, and the score stood at Dallas 20, Northwest Arkansas 6.
While NWA would keep the margin on the verge of manageable for the next few jams, it was jam 7 that proved to be the backbreaker – Anita Riot demonstrated her impressive speed in pulling a 10-0 double-grand-slam on Danger Darling, putting the game at Dallas 38, Northwest Arkansas 10. NWA’s best weapon at the jammer line, Mellow Yellow, would get a 4-0 over Hot 4 Teacher on the following jam, but that would prove to be NWA’s only jam win of the half. After Dallas closed out the period on two solid wins — a 9-0 for Keltic Kamikaze over Apache Rose and a 4-1 for Anita Riot over Itty Bitty Bang — the home team was sitting on a 51-15 lead.
The Arkansas girls would get another 4-0 from Mellow Yellow to kick off the second half, once again over Hot 4 Teacher –but unfortunately for them, that again was their only jam win of the half. Anita Riot would go to the penalty box on the following jam while jamming for Dallas, but the frame would end 0-0 as Apache Rose had no luck getting through the tough Dallas defense. The score was Dallas 51, Northwest Arkansas 19 at that point, but Dallas poured it on for the rest of the period, greatly assisted by two double-digit shutout jams for Hot 4 Teacher — a 10-0 over Apache Rose in the fourth jam of the period and an 11-0 over Itty Bitty Bang on the 7th.
As the eventual outcome became obvious, Dallas began to switch up their jammer rotation a bit, putting out G-Town Butcher and Ali Gorey in for their single jams of the night. Butcher would race to a 4-4 tie with Mellow Yellow, and Ali pulled out a 3-0 win over Danger Darling. With about 4 minutes left on the clock and the score 97-23 in favor of Dallas, the Devils made a crowd-pleasing decision by sending punishing blocker Mercy to the jam line for a rare turn wearing the star. She proceeded to demonstrate some impressive speed, managing to get a narrow 3-2 decision over Apache Rose. Mercy would start the next jam in the penalty box, leaving Mellow Yellow all alone on the jam line for the bout’s last jam, but the Dallas defense held Mellow to only one scoring pass, allowing Mercy to pull out a 4-4 upon returning to play. The final score was a lopsided victory for Dallas, 104-29.
Anita Riot was by far the most effective jammer on the night, running up 45 points on 7 jams, taking lead jammer status on 6 of those 7 jams, and getting a tremendous jammer point differential of +40. No Dallas jammer had a negative point differential. For the visitors, Mellow Yellow did the best from the jammer line, picking up 22 of NWA’s 29 points. Apache Rose added 5 more, while Danger Darling and Itty Bitty Bang contributed one each.
The bout was the main event of a doubleheader that also saw the newest Dallas home team, the Death Row Rumblers, roll to a win over NWA’s B-team, the Backwoods Betties, by nearly the same margin — 111 to 29. Strawberry Deathcake and Postal Penny led a Rumblers jammer attack that jumped out to an over 20-point lead before NWA was able to get on the board. Stay tuned for an upcoming Moosecast from crack DNN reporter Moose Ondaluce, featuring a number of interviews with skaters from all four teams of the doubleheader!
Next up for Dallas is an away battle with unranked Pikes Peak on April 19th. NWA’s all-star team next faces Green Country in Tulsa on March 9, while the Backwood Betties B-team tries for a win a week earlier on March 1st against the Little Rock Derby Girls.
Additional reporting: Muffin