EUGENE, OR — For the first 15 minutes of Saturday’s bout between NOtown Roller Derby (Fresno, CA) and Emerald City’s local squad Flat Track Furies, it looked like it would be a as close as last year’s overtime affair in which the Furies were victorious. For the remainder of the bout, though, it was clear the Furies were hurting with only 12 skaters on their roster and two of their veteran skaters injured. For much of the second half, NOtown piled on their lead, climaxing with a 171-105 victory.
NOtown jumped out to an early lead before the 1200+ sell-out crowd at the Lane Events Center. Behind 3-0, 4-2, and 4-0 jams by Betty Rocker, Donna Skatrix, and J Pizzle respectively, NOtown held an 11-2 advantage. The lead didn’t last for long. Furies jammer Medusa Harm tied it up at 21 two jams later when she posted a 14-10 jam after lead jammer Betty Rocker was fingered to the box. The next four jams were airtight with neither team getting more than a one-point advantage either way.
NOtown opened up some breathing room when the night’s star Betty Rocker posted a 15-0 jam to put the score at 47-32. Donna Skatrix (5-0) and J Pizzle (13-0) contributed to the 33-0 run that gave NOtown a strong 65-32 lead. But the Furies still had fight. Rookie jammer Wonder Dread scored 18 of her team-high 51 points in the Furies’ 26-6 run to end the first half, squeezing the lead to 71-58.
NOtown maintained their meager lead for the first six minutes of the second half. With the score 79-65, Betty Rocker took over to put the Furies away. Thanks to jams of 24-3 and 17-0 by Betty and five straight lead jammer nods for the team, NOtown went on a 42-3 run and opened up a 121-68 lead. Last season, the Furies came back from about fifty points down to win in overtime, and it looked like Wonder Dread was inspired to follow that script tallying a 20-0 jam on the very next frame to bring the game back to a more reasonable 121-88 – but that jam turned out to be a last gasp for a beaten team.
Late 10-0 and 20-0 jams by Betty Rocker, who led all scorers with 91 points, and Jack Frost put the final nails in the Furies’ coffin. Exhibiting superior abilities to legally get through the pack first, picking up lead jammer 26 times to the Furies’ 11 (including 15-4 in the second half), NOtown skated away with this one, 171-105.
The Flat Track Furies next play fellow Emerald City home team Andromedolls on April 21st. NOtown Roller Derby is next in action at home against High Country Mountain Derby on April 28th.