WFTDA Preview: #8 Boston @ #1 Gotham

NEW YORK, NY — Five months after claiming the  2008 WFTDA National Championship, the Gotham Girls host their first match as Hydra-holders, taking on East Region rival Boston.

This bout will be covered live on DNN by Justice Feelgood Marshall and Bone Crawford — coverage starts at 7pm Eastern on Saturday, March 28th.

New York City’s Gotham Girls (currently ranked #1 in the East Region by WFTDA, #1 nationally by DNN) have a tough act to follow in 2009 after winning the Nationals in convincing fashion. They won five of six tournament games by at least 40 points, the only exception being a 5-point nailbiter against Philadelphia at Eastern Regionals. GGRD’s current winning streak now stretches back 12 games, which is a WFTDA record — they haven’t lost since September 2007.

Most Gotham players from the championship roster are returning, but the team taking on Boston on Saturday will look slightly different without superstar jammer/blocker Cheapskate, who retired from Gotham after the season. Additionally, jammer Beatrix Slaughter is still recovering from an injury sustained during a local game last August and will probably re-join the All-Stars later in the season.  

But the jammers Boston should expect to face aren’t exactly chopped liver: All-Galactic jammers Bonnie Thunders (who led Gotham in scoring last season, averaging 43.8 points per game) and Suzy Hotrod (not far behind with 41.9 ppg) will get plenty of time with the starred helmet, and Fisti Cuffs and Brigitte Barhot will probably get some jams in as well.

To the chagrin of the rest of the region, Gotham’s other household derby names will be on board in 2009 to push for a repeat, including the powerful hitting duo of Beyonsláy and Surly Temple. This bout also marks the interleague All-Star debut of sophomore Polly Gone, who really really likes to skate up to people and hit them.

The Boston Massacre All-Stars of the Boston Derby Dames (currently ranked #3 in the East Region by WFTDA, #8 nationally by DNN) suffered an 89-77 defeat at the hands of rising power Charm City last weekend, and things won’t get much easier in their extremely aggressive 2009 WFTDA scheduling gauntlet.  After Gotham, Boston will be playing host to established powers Philadelphia, Western champion Texas, Rocky Mountain, Duke City, Detroit, and Pikes Peak, a sequence which should give the Massacre a very good idea of where they stand heading into East Regionals.

Boston and Gotham have never met in WFTDA play, but the Derby Dames certainly got Gotham’s attention by soundly defeating the then-GGRD local champion Bronx Gridlock last March, 116-49. They’ll be sending the same roster to NYC as faced off against Charm last weekend, including Shellby Shattered, one of the best front-of-the-pack defenders in the country. She gets experienced help behind her from Lois Carmen Dominator and Anna WrecksYa.

Also critical to Boston’s defensive line up is jammer/pivot Maura Buse, whose speed and footwork when blocking could be key to re-engaging lightning-fast jammers like Suzy and Bonnie. Massacre jammers Claire D. Way and Krushpuppy, who combined to provide over 50% of Boston’s points in their four games at Easterns, will be leaned on for points for Boston, and Triple Deck-Her is likely to have her share of turns at the jammer line as well.

The WFTDA’s East Region may well be the nation’s toughest at the top, with high-ranked Carolina, Boston, Charm City, and Philadelphia all competing with Gotham for control. Gotham’s All-Stars come out of the gate in 2009 looking to strengthen their grip on the region with this debut bout against Boston and a followup at Charm City in three weeks. Charm City’s head-to-win against Boston provided an important datapoint for East Region poll voters, but if Boston can immediately bounce back against Gotham, poll voters will have a lot to consider.

Ana Bollocks 00 // Beyonsláy Top 40 // Bonnie Thunders 340 // Brigitte Barhot Swingin’ 60s // Donna Matrix 2 // Fisti Cuffs 241 // Ginger Snap 80 // Hard Anya i4i // Hyper Lynx 404 // Kandy Kakes Perfect 10 // Polly Gone 222 // Surly Temple 99 // Suzy Hotrod 55 // Sweet Sherry Pie 201 // Barbara Ambush (alt) 1600 // Em Dash (alt) 8212

Anna Wrecks’ya 101 // Claire D. Way 1984// Etta Maims B52 // Harley Quinn 9669 // Harlot Fevah 99 // Kitty Twister 138 // Krush Puppy (843) // Lois Carmen Dominator 011// Maude Forbid 7:1 // Maura Buse 34B // Pina Collidah 77//  Triple Deck-Her 3D // Quick Sandy 24 // Shellby Shattered -0

Undercard: Suburbia vs. GGRD Wall Street Traitors

The evening of derby will also feature a 30-minute opening exhibition between Gotham’s Wall Street Traitors, a compilation of local team skaters, versus one of the very newest teams in the WFTDA, the Suburban Brawl of Westchester, New York’s Suburbia Roller Derby.

The Traitors roster includes eight ’08 rookies and transfers who just completed their initial year of skating with Gotham, making this an interesting test of GGRD program strength.  Traitor veterans Aunti Christ, Greta Turbo, Raggedy Animal, and Stevie Kicks will lead the traditional Traitors chant of “Buy … Sell … KILL!”

Suburbia Roller Derby of Westchester, NY was founded in June 2007 by former CT Rollergirls’ Slim Fast and Suffah Kate, and just recently attained membership in WFTDA. Suburbia’s travel team, Suburban Brawl, has skated together for a year and has met early regional success, defeating competition from the Albany All-Stars, Sisters of Mayhem (Hackettstown, NJ, now known as North Jersey Roller Derby), Morristown Madams and Hudson Valley Horrors.

Last weekend, the Brawl logged a confidence building 179-22 drubbing of the Utica Clubbers of Central New York Roller Derby.  Suburbia is working on filling out its summer competition schedule, and thanks to their new WFTDA status, plus exposure from this weekend’s Gotham experience, their dance card for the remainder of 2009 ought to fill up quickly.

Ani Dispanco 32 flavors // Aunti Christ 666 // Care Bear Scare 9 // Dainty Inferno 9th Circle // Greta Turbo 32 // Haulin’ Cass 10-4 // Julietta Vendetta 1105 // Lucille Ballistic M-16 // Megahurtz 210 // Miss American Thighs 76 // Raggedy Animal 67 // Stevie Kicks edge of 17 // Dinah Party 24hrs

Domestic Violet 9.12 // IV Drop 14ga // Ann Sane 2012 // AWOL 30 foot tall // Black Star Heroine 60mg // El Pass-O 7 of 9 // Hard-Core Vette 1960 // Pony Girl 916 // Rita Wayward 86r // Shelby Bleedin’ GT 500 // Smashing Pumpkin 1979 // Suffah Kate -0

Photo: Kerry McClain
Additional reporting: Ruby Khan, J. Knee Bones