Weekend in Review, 5/16/2010

Weekend in Review, 5/16/2010 Windy City (#1 North Central WFTDA, #9 nationally DNN) was the last top-ten team to play in 2010, but showed they were still a force by taking down North Star (#6 NC, #24 nationally) by 100 points, 159-59. Photo: Gil Leora.

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(6) Rose City 124, (7) Rat City 105 — Although visiting Rat City lost their jammer to the penalty box in both of the first two jams of this one, solid defense from Rat kept Rose City to only a 10-1 after 5 minutes of play. The action remained remarkably low-scoring through the opening ten minutes at 10-7 Rose City, and then yet another jammer major penalty — this one on Rat City’s Re-AnimateHer — allowed Rose to open up some space. RCR’s Cadillac pulled a 9-0 and iced Re-AnimateHer in the box by calling the jam, and the next one went 13-0 for RCR’s Sully Skullkicker, giving Rose their first solid lead at 32-7.

It was not until late in the half that Rat City’s offense got anything going again, but when they did, it was just in time. Rose City established a 50-11 lead with just under 9 minutes to play, and was up 64-29 with 8 seconds to play in the half on an official timeout. Rat City’s Re-AnimateHer went up against Rose City’s Scratcher In The Eye, and a cut-track major penalty on Scratcher opened the door for a sorely needed Rat City 15-0 jam that ended the half at 64-44 Rose City. After being down by around 40 for most of the last ten minutes of the half, Rat had managed to close to within 20 at the break.

Narrow-margin jams defined the first few jams of the half, with Rat City narrowing the margin to just 10 points at 71-61 with 23:25 to play on the back of a Jalepeno Business 3-0. But once again, Rose City denied Rat much offense for the middle part of the half. Entering the final 10 minutes of the bout, Rose had just finished a 33-10 run that put them up 104-71.

Rat City had a last. best chance with 5:33 to play and the score 116-78 — Rat City’s Juliet Bravo had an unopposed power jam when Rose City jammer Scratcher In The Eye got her with a high hit. That jam went 17-4 for Bravo, leaving Rat City just a huge jam away at 120-95 with 3:00 to play.

RCRG’s Jalepeno Business ratcheted up the drama with a 5-0 to make it 120-100 with 1:44 to play, but Rose City wasn’t about to allow Rat to finish as big as they hoped. The final jam went 5-4 for Rat City, but that 1 point was about 19 fewer than Rat City needed, and Rose took a hard-fought win. — Justice Feelgood Marshall

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(2) Oly 125, (13) Boston 60 — While home team Boston did a pretty good job of staying within shouting distance of Oly until the last 15 or so minutes of this game, the 2009 WFTDA champs never appeared to be in serious danger of losing their advantage. Led by startlingly effective front-of-pack blocking by Sassy and the usual speedy jammer attack from Heffer, Atomatrix and Tannibal Lector, Oly was out to a 37-3 lead about halfway through the first half.

Just when it looked like Oly might put the game away early, though, Boston benefitted from some lead jammer calls and Oly jammer penalties. Eventual Boston MVP Claire D. Way scored a 7-0 that more than doubled the BDD score to that point, and when it was followed by a Boston 7-3 for Killary Clinton over a chock-full Oly box, Boston had a little momentum for the first time at 41-17. From that point to the end of the half, Oly could only add 5 points to a lead that had been ballooning early — the halftime score stood at 63-32 Oly.

Notably, the second half ended up being almost exactly like the first in total points. On the half’s third jam, Oly’s Heffer gave her team some more daylight with a 10-0 powerjam that moved the score to 80-35 Oly, and once again the margin stood pretty much still over the series that followed, with Oly up 91-49 with just under 15 minutes to play.

A Boston comeback was looking pretty unlikely at that point, and Oly made sure to make it more so by grinding out a series of low-margin shutout jams that burned time off the clock and left Oly up 106-49 with about 8 to play. From there the outcome was academic, and the second half’s 62-28 score was only 3 points off the first half’s margin.

Lois Carmen Dominator and Maura Buse were especially effective in the Boston pack, along with some fancy footwork from jammer Claire D. Way; Minnesota-to-Oly transfer Harmony Killerbruise got the jam star a fair amount in the second half and looks to be a potential new weapon in an already very dangerous Oly jammer rotation. — Justice Feelgood Marshall

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#4 Denver 262, #21 Duke City 48 – In the middle of an extremely busy day for Duke City Derby, which included a boot camp for nearby roller derby leagues, an exhibition bout between a Taos team and Duke City Fresh Meat/Tofu and a home team round robin, the Denver Roller Dolls’ Mile High Club defeated the Duke City Derby Munecas Muertas at their new venue at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

Duke City kept it tight for the first few jams as their jammers were winning the majority of lead jam calls—Denver was able to score, however, as their jammers were quickly exiting the pack after Duke’s. After 6 jams the score was only 12-2, Denver.  On the very next jam a back blocking major penalty by Munecas jammer Led Zyppin allowed Juska to run up 24 points to a 36-2 lead that Duke City was unable to recover from. During this jam, Duke’s Amanda Jamitinya was trapped at the rear and as she skated backwards to make room for her to block Juska, Denver’s well trained pack quickly followed her which allowed Juska to make several grand slams.

After that jam, Duke City did not get a lead jammer call until 4 jams into the 2nd half and Denver took full advantage of the ability to call jams off. Denver’s coordinated defensive walls and quick jammers managed an impressive 80-0 run over Duke City which included a huge power jam by Adams where she scored 30 points and still had enough time to get a major penalty and make it to the box.  Even when standout Duke City jammers Muffin and Meep Meep were able to get the lead jammer call, Denver’s jammer typically was right behind her which caused Duke to call the jams with only a few points to chip away at the ever expanding Denver lead.

Duke was never able to muster enough against the stingy Denver defense and their speedy jammer attack, and that leaves their record at 4-2 for 2010 with their next bout against St. Louis’ Arch Rivals at the beginning of June. Denver now takes a micro-breather until their home bout against #7 Rat City on June 12th followed by a tough East Coast double header the weekend of the 18th of June against #13 Boston and #8 Philly. — Joe Cruz

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(9) Windy City 159, (24) North Star 59 — The Windy City Rollers All-Stars kicked off their 2010 season on Sunday morning in a closed bout against the North Star Roller Girls’ Supernovas.

Windy City shut out North Star 15-0 in the first 5 jams, but the window of opportunity opened for the Supernovas with a 9-0 power jam for Jawbreaker in the sixth jam. WCR’s Varla Vendetta jammed next, putting 14 points unanswered on the board as her pack (All-Star rookies Di Richmond and Sargentina, along with vet Hoosier Mama) kept Supernova jammer Katarina Hit tied up for two minutes, taking Windy City to 29-9 10 minutes in.

North Star and Windy City would trade lead jammer status for the next nine jams, with Windy City only growing their lead a point to 48-27. A 7-0 run by Katarina Hit in jam 17 put the Supernovas in striking distance at 48-34. However, 14 points would be the closest North Star would get for the rest of the game, as WCR put 20 more on the board in the next three jams to close the half 68-37.

The Supernovas started off the second half strong, with Medusa and Jawbreaker getting lead jam back-to-back. Windy City transfer Jackie Daniels changed the momentum in jam 3, securing lead and a quick 5-0. WCR would get lead in the next 8 jams, shutting out NSRG in the process.

During that 44-0 run, WCR rookie Ska Face jammed for the first time against veteran Jawbreaker. Jawbreaker’s aggressive defense racked up enough minors to earn her a trip to the box and Ska got 9-0 on that power jam. Varla Vendetta had the game’s biggest score in the next jam at 18-0.

North Star ended WCR’s run in jam 12 with a quick 4-0 by Roller Vixen, but that still left North Star on the wrong side of 114-47 with under 15 minutes to go. At that point, the Supernova jammers shifted their focus to play defense outside the engagement zone to prevent multiple Windy City passes. Even with this more defensive play, in the last 4 jams of the game, WCR was able to go 27-3 (17 of those points by Shocka Conduit) to a score of 159-59 as time expired.

The WCR All-Stars are in action next weekend, as they face regional rival Madison’s Dairyland Dolls at the BrewHaha. North Star’s Supernovas will be in action next against Carolina and Nashville at June’s ECE. — Loco Chanel

(16) Steel City 209, Suburbia 30 — Coming off a successful Spring Roll Tournament, Steel City hosted Westchester County’s Suburbia Roller Girls for a pair of bouts, giving the young league a challenging experience. SCDD rested two of their strongest skaters, Athena and ‘Snot Rocket Science, but the Steel Hurtin’s skill and experience was still overwhelming for Suburbia.

The first jam had a frightening moment for all in attendance. Popular Pittsburgh jammer Hurricane Heather entered the Suburbia pack for her second scoring pass and took a shoulder to the head and then struck her head again on the floor out of bounds. Thankfully, she made her way towards her nearby bench and lowered herself to the floor before the pack came back around again. Though she could not regain her footing, she regained her senses enough to call of the jam and then left to be checked out by the paramedics.

With the score 9-2, the Crippler, skating with such élan, danced and leapt through good position defense by Vixen Von Bruizen and Smashing Pumpkin for 12 points. Suburbia followed with a 12-4 powerjam run by jammers Hard-Core Vette and Lesley E. Visserate following good block-work by Captain Dina Sore Jr. and Asst. Captain Brawl Stanley. The 25-14 score at that point was the closest they would get as they would not score again in the half against a Pittsburgh defense led by Damage Dahl, doing her best impression of Athena. Another 17 by the Crippler increased the lead to 46-14 at the fifteen-minute mark. The Shocker blew through the pack with a 22-point jam for Steel Hurtin, then shortly followed that up with another 15. Surburban Brawl struggled with penalties. With three in the box and another waiting her turn, the Crippler rattled off another 14 and a rejuvenated Hurricane Heather returned to score 9. The Suburbia defense clamped down a bit as the half wound down. Dina Sore Jr. and Vixen Von Bruizen kept Cheeseburger in the pack until a nice trap by Steel Hurtin’ on Grave Robin forced them to let the Pittsburgh jammer through. The first half came to a close with Steel Hurtin’ comfortably ahead 123-14.

Starting the second half, Hurricane Heather showed no effect from her early scare and swiftly scored another 20 points as the Hurtin’ blockers trapped big-hitting Anne Sane at the back of the pack. Then AWOL finally broke the scoring slump for Suburbia with 3 points but the team began to look exhausted as Steel Hurtin’s Cheeseburger and the Shocker each scored triple grand-slams to bring the score to 177-17. At that point Steel Hurtin’ coach BARF decided to switch things up, moving the regular jammers into blocker rotation and jamming with blockers the rest of the bout. The 15-minute mark passed at 186-19. The defense stayed strong for Steel Hurtin’ despite the personnel reversal and usual-blockers Damage Dahl, La Diabla, and Bonecrusher contributed successful scoring jams as time ticked down to a final of 209-30. — Michael Frightn’d

(24) North Star 96, Chicago Outfit 85 — On Saturday May 15th, the North Star Roller Girls Supernovas traveled to Chicago to take on the up-and-coming Chicago Outfit Syndicate. Fans were kept on the edge of their seats as the Outfit never let North Star have more than a 26-point lead and never stopped fighting for the win. North Star led the entire first period, and the score stood at 16-24 with 15 minutes to half-time. Power jams in favor of North Star and a 12-point jam by Katarina Hit allowed them to take their largest lead of the night with 45 points over the Outfit’s 19 at 8 minutes until the half. At half-time the score was 58-33 in favor of North Star, but the Outfit wouldn’t let them hold onto that 25-point lead for long.

To start off the second period Outfit jammers Lola Blow and Sweet Mary Pain closed the gap with grand slams, as the Outfit blockers Smashley “The Spaniard” Destructo, Gaygan, and Maul E. Hatchet prevented the North Star jammers from scoring no more than four points for the first 13 minutes of the period. Outfit jammer Queefer Sutherland tied the scored at 64-64 with 17 minutes left in the bout. After North Star look the lead for a few jams, the Outfit’s Lola Blow was able to tie the score at 75-75 during the 12th jam of the period. While Lola Blow sat in the box during the next jam, North Star’s tin lizzy scored 12 points to break the tie and put her team back in the lead. Strong defense from North Star’s Crust Almighty, tin lizzy, and MEDUSA allowed them to gain a 20-point lead and keep the Outfit from scoring with only a few minutes left on the clock. Outfit jammer Sweet Mary Pain scored 10-points to leave the Outfit only 11 points behind North Star in the 18th and second-to-last jam. In the final jam North Star held together to win the bout with 96 points over the Outfit’s 85.

High point scorers for the Outfit were Lola Blow with 40 points and Sweet Mary Pain with 33. Katarina Hit and MEDUSA lead North Star with 39 and 25 points, respectively.

The Chicago Outfit Syndicate now stands at 1-3 in 2010. The Syndicate is looking to change that record as they take on Philly’s Independence Dolls and Tampa Tantrums at the Midwest Brewhaha tournament next weekend. The North Star Roller Girls Supernovas are 2-0 and will be traveling to Cincinnati to play the Cincinnati Rollergirls on May 29th. — Jessica Barselow

Dutchland 119, Connecticut 102 — Saturday, May 15th, the Connecticut Rollergirls’ Stepford Sabotage visited the Dutchland Rollers’ All-Stars at the Overlook Activities Center in Lancaster, PA.  Dutchland came into the game having suffered 3 losses in 6 weeks against a series of very tough opponents — #25 Montreal, #16 Steel City, and #8 Philly. Connecticut’s most recent action including a win over Suburbia and a loss to Montreal. Despite CT gaining a small lead in the beginning of the game, Dutchland picked up the win 119-102.

The first jam saw Dutchland’s Mara Jaded grab 1-0 over Connecticut’s Pearl Jammer.  The following jam, Connecticut would grab the lead and hold the other team scoreless for the next 4 jams until Dutchland’s Nash Villain put up 13 points and swung the game into the home team’s favor. Dutchland then spent the remainder of the half putting double digit jams against the visitor.  Connecticut experienced penalty trouble early in the game, rarely fielding a pack of 4 blockers as a result.  At the end of the half, Dutchland stood ahead with a healthy lead of 80-36.

Dutchland consistently held their lead for the first half of the second period with very few points being scored on either side. Dutchland’s Nash Villain put up a 14 point jam followed up by Connecticut’s Pearl Jammer with 9 points, leaving the score at 102-59. Right here, though, CT started a serious rally that ended up falling just short on time. The next few jams would see Connecticut grab crucial lead jammer status again and again, putting them in position to grab points and call it off before Dutchland had a chance to score.  Two 9 points jams by CT’s Eleanor Bruisevelt helped CT close the gap, but it was not enough to fully erase Dutchland’s lead. Though CT had gone on a 43-17 run over the final 15 minutes, the game ended 119-102 in Dutchland’s favor. — Josie Cuervo


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Santa Cruz 110, BADG Oakland Outlaws 71 — The second home bout of the season for Santa Cruz’s Boardwalk Bombshells proved a big step up from the first.  After that match,Santa Cruz could only scratch their heads and wonder at missed opportunities.  After this one, they were all hugs and smiles, having easily dispatched the Oakland Outlaws, 110-71.

Early on, it seemed like no sure thing.  Santa Cruz’s usually reliable jammers got off to a sluggish start, taking over 10 minutes to crack double-digits, but the defense, which had surrendered 80 first-half points to Central Valley in the home opener, looked revitalized. Bombshell Candy Hooligan toed the jammer line in Jam 9 with her team down 21-12 after about 13 minutes of play. After two more minutes, she’d flung Santa Cruz to a 32-21 advantage, and the lead never changed again. At the half, the margin spread to 70-35.  Oakland mounted a rally at the start of the second half, getting as close as 28 down, but Heather Headlocklear’s 15-point stunner in Jam 8 seemed to break the spirit of the Oakland squad, who never again threatened the lead.

Candy predictably paced all skaters with 47 points, 42 of which came in the first half.  Oakland’s Jane Hammer notched 35, and Hazel Raw added 29, but their third-highest scorer, Fatal Dreidel, had only seven, and fourth-best was, well, everyone else with zero points each.  Santa Cruz managed to squeeze good production out of Heather, Bella Trixx, Lulu Lockjaw, and Foxee Firestorm, who combined for the rest of the team’s total. Though Santa Cruz logged more time in the penalty box than they would like, neither that nor anything else was enough to derail a dominant team performance. — Brian James

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