Preview: Spring Roll 2010

FORT WAYNE, IN — After a 2009 hiatus, one of the earliest annual tournaments — Fort Wayne’s 2007 and 2008 Fall Brawl — comes back with a seasonal change and a name change. On Saturday, May 8th, the 2010 Spring Roll makes history by featuring a regional women’s tournament on one track and a national men’s tournament on the other.

5 WFTDA teams — Detroit, Steel City (Pittsburgh), Naptown (Indianapolis), Fort Wayne and Bleeding Heartland (Bloomington) battle it out in an all-day modified single-elimination, five-game tournament on track 1, while 6 men’s teams — Dallas, Harm City (Baltimore), Twin Cities (Minneapolis / St. Paul), Puget Sound, St. Louis and Race City (Indianapolis) play a morning round-robin tournament to qualify for placement in three full-length games in the evening.

DNN presents all-day coverage from both tracks of the Spring Roll 2010 in conjunction with Fort Wayne Derby Girls. Join us at 8:00am Central for all the derby!

Women’s Track

Detroit Derby Girls (Detroit, MI)

Officially ranked #2 in the WFTDA North Central Region and #13 nationally by DNN, Detroit comes into the tournament as the top seed and clear favorite. 3 of the other 4 teams have neither penetrated the top 10 for their WFTDA regions or DNN’s national top 25, and the one who has done both — Steel City — has already lost in a head-to-head matchup vs Detroit, 189-144. That bout does stand as Detroit’s only 2010 action, though.

The Detroit roster seems to retain a far amount of the talent from the 2009 run to Nationals, with Racer McChaseher, Sista Slit’chya, Cookie Rumble and Sarah Hipel leading a jammer attack behind a notorious hard-nosed Motor City pack. As the top seed, they get a first-round bye and will get the latest start of any team in either tournament, with their first bout against the winner of Naptown / Fort Wayne at 2:15pm. The winner of that bout proceeds to the championship at 8:15pm.

313 Black Eyed Skeez // 247 boo d. livers // 303 Bruisie Siouxxx // 333 Cookie Rumble // 22 Effin Money // 11 Elle Iminator // 6 Elle McFearsome // 46 Fatal Femme // 886 Formosa Fury // 8 Ghetto Barbie // 35 Jackie O. Noyoudidnt // 1821 Mexi-GO // 100 Polly Fester // 28 Racer McChaseHer // 3 Roxanna Hardplace // 989 Sarah Hipel // 5 Sista Slit’chya // 223 Spanish Ass’assin // 68 Summers Eve-L // 0 Vicious Vixen

Steel City Derby Demons (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steel City has been consistently winning games against lowly-ranked opponents for a long time, and their recent match against Detroit in March, while it was a solid 45 point loss, suggests that SCDD isn’t too far from being able to challenge seriously with some Nationals-level teams. That loss against Detroit is the only blemish on a 3-1 year so far from Steel City. If the seeding holds as expected, they’ll get a chance for revenge in the 8:15 championship bout.

The SCDD roster boasts a bunch of breakout stars — particularly the very intimidating Athena and wickedly fast jammer Hurricane Heather — alongside two notable transfers from older leagues — Kat Von D’stroya (ex-Detroit) and Pinky (ex-Rocky Mountain).

25 Ally McKill // 7 Athena // b45h B.B. Basher // 82 Bonecrusher // 8 Cheeseburger // x0x0 Damage Dahl // 13 Diabla* // 50 Dresta Kill // 412 Girl Rolla Warfare // 2112 Helen Fire // 5 Hurricane Heather // 70 J-Bomb // 90 Kat Von D’stroya // NC17 Mel Practice // 007 Mission Impassable // 500 Pinky // 2p1s Shocker // 6 Snot Rocket Science // 58 The Crippler // 555 WhipSmart!

Naptown Roller Girls (Indianapolis, IN)

Naptown has been pretty busy and pretty successful thus far in 2010, putting together a 5-1 record — but they still sit just outside the important top-10 in the North Central region, officially ranked #11 in the region by WFTDA. Their one loss was to #9 NC Grand Raggidy, so a strong showing here would be helpful in the hurt for a NC tourney invite. Last year, they defeated both Fort Wayne in a very narrow 78-70 final and also rolled over Bleeding Heartland 121-34; Steel City defeated them 104-44 very early in 2009.

777 4 Leaf Cleaver // 208 Amuse Bouch // 8 Ana Slays Ya // 218 Asian Sinsation // N3 Blue Messiah // 2 Cereal Killer // 7 Dora the Destroyer // 000 Ima Hurchu // 1847 Jane Ire // 5 Joan of Dark // 51 Joanie Gouge // 321 Katya Lookin // 76 Maiden America // 16 Noxious Donna // 69 Psychedelic Sandy // 9 Racer Xtacy // 317 Shadi Layne // 700 Slammy Faye // 6 Sweet C // 318 Willa Hoeflinch

Fort Wayne Derby Girls (Fort Wayne, IN)

Fort Wayne has recently pulled out of a lengthy winless streak that started in May 2009 with that close loss to Naptown and continued to January of this year with a loss to Grand Raggidy. Since then, they’ve been swamping opponents by increasingly large margins — Hammer City by 75 points, Bleeding Heartland by 101, and Gem City by 215. They retain the services of a very fast jammer attack with Pushy Cat and R.I.P.tide as they kick off the women’s side of the tournament with an attempt to get revenge on Naptown for last year’s 78-70 loss.

DV8 Alotta Attitude // B52 Dodger L Bows // 6ft Enya Grave // 10 Go Go BeWare // 110 High Octane // 22 Jungle McLuvin // DOA Kiki U. Skullzin // 721 Kona Krusher // 105 Majestic // M80 Mayhem // 3 Minx // SK8 Miss Jane RedRum // 30 Pink Painther // 69 Pushy Cat // 4 R.I.P.tide // 999 Rosemary’s Baby // 33 Ruby Killer // 8 Sugar Guns // 87 Sweet Avenger // 88 The Cutter

Bleeding Heartland Roller Girls (Bloomington, IN)

The BHRG crew started playing WFTDA-sanctioned action last year and hasn’t had too much success, with their only win coming in a relatively close match against Hard Knox (Knoxville), 97-75 last July. Their other three bouts have been blowout losses, most recently a 149-48 to tourney hosts Fort Wayne just over a month ago in late March, so they’ll need a truly heroic performance to take out Steel City in the first round game at 10am.

0 Anita Fingerbang // 4 Unicoroner // 5 Polly Hammer’Us // 17 Kaka Caliente // 22 Margles McNasty // 24 Boogie Tights // 27 Terror d’Bits // 99 Bombshell Shock // 100 Zero Dark // 247 Shock ‘n Roll // 311 Scarlet Witch // 608 Kung Furious // 808 Pele’s Melee // 1120 Vengeance Anya // 2009 Killer Kindness // 8008 Party Foul

Schedule:

8:15am: Naptown vs Fort Wayne
10:00am: Bleeding Heartland vs Steel City
2:15 p.m: Detroit vs winner Game 1
4:00 p.m: Loser Game 1 vs loser Game 2
8:15 p.m. Winner Game 2 vs Winner Game 3 (Championship)

Men’s Track – White Pool

8:50am: Race City vs Puget Sound (30 minutes)
10:20am: Race City vs Harm City (30 minutes)
12:00pm: Puget Sound vs Harm City (30 minutes)

Harm City Homicide (Baltimore, MD)

Representing the East Coast is one of the older teams in men’s derby, Harm City Homicide — they debuted in September 2007 and have been playing a steadily increasing number of bouts each year. Thus far they’ve only got one bout in 2010, a 117-73 loss to Pioneer Valley in the kickoff bout of the Men’s Derby Coalition regular season, but they’ll be trying to build on a 4-2 record from 2009. They’re the only team in this tournament who has never faced any of the other five teams.

Homicide features two bench coaches of highly regarded WFTDA teams in Virginia Slim (Charm City) and Quad Almighty (Cincinnati); Fo Wheel? and Abe Froman lead a group of five 2010 additions that help fill out what’s been a traditionally short roster for Homicide.

1* Sin Diesel // 1.618 Magnificent Bastard // CH4 Carnage Asada // 7 Quad Almighty // 8 Fo Wheel? // 010 Abe Froman // 24 Locke Ness Tomster // 47 Bram Stroker // 427 Gearhead // 523 Virginia Slim // 1300 Hung Solo // 1774 Muay Die // 1954 Justice Feelgood Marshall

Puget Sound Derby Outcasts (Tacoma, WA)

Puget Sound hosted and went undefeated at the only other men’s tournament, 2008′s Throwdown in the Sound (Dallas, Twin Cities and Diamond City were the other participants), but last August they ran into some short-roster trouble when they traveled cross-country to face off against New England leagues Connecticut and Pioneer Valley. Connecticut stopped them 120-82 in a full-length bout and Pioneer Valley won 74-53 in a shortened bout.

Led by the jamming attack of Hollywood Chuck Bury and Quadzilla along with heavy hitting from Ryrod and Radilliac, Puget Sound will be bringing the shortest roster of the men’s teams with 10 players.

13 G. No-Evil // 14 Ryrod // 16 Sass Squatch // 23 Quadzilla // 35th Radillac // 53 Demolition Herbie // 66 Noah Backtalk // 68+1 Buster Fuzz // 71 Grim Streeper // 247 Hollywood Chuck Bury

Race City Rebels (Indianapolis, IN)

Like St. Louis, Race City was one of the teams to rise from the short-lived multi-state team, the Midwest Men’s Roller Derby; once enough local interest arose to support single-city teams, MMRD disbanded into smaller parts. Race City debuted in March and only has two bouts under their belts; their record so far suggests they’re still getting it together, as they were soundly beaten by equally young teams St. Louis in March (125-17) and Magic City in April (117-11).

2 Buzz Lightbeer // 3X Ron Scaremy // Dexter 5 // H8 Haight // BP29 Big N Plenty // 37 Dante Hits // 77 Plowboy // 357 Meek // P359 Westside Slam // 710 DV Ant // R0BL Jamburglar // 900 Sir Nixalot // 911 Trauma Maker // 1015 Scott Red Handed // 2020 Eyeroll 20s // [TBA] French

Men’s Track – Black Pool

8:00am: St. Louis vs Twin City (30 minutes)
9:40am: St. Louis vs Dallas (30 minutes)
11:10am: Dallas vs Twin City (30 minutes)

Dallas Deception (Dallas, TX)

Many of Dallas’ skaters come from a jam-skating background, but since jumping into the men’s derby world they’ve been a flashy & high-scoring crew. Last year they shut down lightly experienced Tucson men’s team by a final of 178-19 and the Biloxi Bombers 183-108 (it was the first bout for both losing teams).

Though they lost original member Johnny Pocket Rocket to Twin Cities last year, there is plenty of talent on this squad, notably extremely nimble Matomic and hard-hitting Rhino.

00 Matomic // 000 Joe Mama // 2 Vanilla Ice Pick // <3 Crashanova // VP4 Rhino // Aces & 8s Texas Scold'Em // <18 Uncle Jesse McNasty // 22 MC Slamma // 32 Haterade // 42 Ziggy Scardust // 100 Ninja Please // 187 Mr. Clean // 306.775 Dewey Decimator // 420 Ugotta Be Rad // ? Shortbus

Twin Cities Terrors (St. Paul, MN)

Though the TCT haven’t played much interleague beyond their unsuccessful trip to Tacoma for the 2008 Throwdown in the Sound (they were the only winless team there), they’ve built up a deep enough roster to be one of the few men’s teams playing a regular intraleague season. After three local bouts so far in 2010, they send their first all-star iteration to Fort Wayne to try and reverse their fortunes at Throwdown.

Multiple threat Dirty Larry is a particularly notable blocker from this crew, along with the intimidating size of Killsbury Doughboy. On the jam line, Johnny Pocket Rocket brings his skills from a 2009 transfer to TCT from Dallas — which may come into play as Dallas and Twin City face off in the second-to-last qualifying bout with a trip to the championship bout likely on the line.

01 Johnny Pocket Rocket // 2 Bruce Knuckle // 3 TIMCHILLA // 5 Peter // 5.56 Death From Above // 007 Blunt Damage // T10 Wernher Von Bombed // 12pt Slam Serif // 18 Buster Hymen // 24/7 G.I. $kooledya // 33 Bustin Morenose // 42 Egon Strangler // 59 Husker Stu // 187 Deathro Tull // .255 M.C. Threscher // 268 Whiplash // 767 Killsbury Doughboy // 1369 Dirty Larry

St. Louis Gatekeepers (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis and Race City are approximately the same age, having both had their public debuts in March 2010 — although the 125-17 pounding that St. Louis put on Race City shows that STL may be a bigger threat in their round-robin pool than Race City will be in theirs. St. Louis is closely associated with sister league Arch Rival — STL captain Magnum is also the bench coach for ARRG.

0 Zombie Jesus // A1A Winkle // 3 Tallahassee Toad // L7 Magnum // 11 Debaucherous Prime // 29 Holden U’Backs // 32 Boba // 55 Red Eye Jedi // 68 Bat Wing // 82 Percy Control // 86d Wrecking Bill // 88 Short Knocks // 187 Jock the Ripper // 314 Double Excel // 538 Democracy Inaction // 2020 Specs Offender

Finals (60 min bouts)

After the preliminary 30 minute bouts conclude with Puget Sound vs. Harm City at noon, each team will play one full-length game for final placement. At 2pm, the third place finisher in the White pool plays the third place finisher in the Black pool for 5th place. At 3:30, the second place finishers from each pool play for 3rd place, and finally the championship bout pits the winner of each pool against the other at 6pm.