Angel City squeezes OC Roller Girls 161-69
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA – In the OC Roller Girls' final sanctioned bout as a member of WFTDA on March 7, Angel City Derby Girls' Hollywood Scarlets squeezed the juice out of OCRG's Orange Crushers, 161-69.
The Orange Crushers, after making some serious tactical improvements to their game over the last year, hoped for a better outcome than they had at last year's “Get Lucky” event when they were defeated 125-47 by the ACDG Block Steady Crew.
With a number of transplants including Cherrylicious from Charm City, Fighty from the LA Derby Dolls and Nutcase from cross county Prison City, ACDG has benefitted recently from cross fertilization of serious competition that works well with their existing top skaters.
For their part, OCRG has also seen massive improvement. They have some excellent components in their team, but they haven't found the consistency in strategically applying their players that ACDG has been developing.
The OC Roller Girls Orange Crushers started out on the offense as OC's B-Train took lead jammer in the first jam, but with Fighty closing in on her fast, she had to call the jam after pulling a point. 1-0, Crushers.
It was the last time the Crushers would lead the Scarlets.
In the 4th jam, the OCRG’s B-Train was knocked around like a rag doll, first by Va Va Va Gina to the inside, then a pummeling hit by ACDG’s Estro Jen into the skate hockey rink’s wall. While Felony Friendly got rocketed out of the pack with a huge whip from VVV Gina, B-Train was stuck in the pack and was finally knocked down again by Duchess Von Damn while Felony scored another grand slam.
OCRG’s Brik Wall finally stopped Felony’s progress after catching another 2 on the third pass, and she called it, settling for a 12-0 jam and a score of 4-24, ACDG. B-Train sat out the rest of the game with a shoulder injury.
Nutcase got out without getting lead jammer in the 5th jam, with OCRG’s Ice Cube imprisoned within the pack. After her second grand slam, OC's Wrecky knocked her down hard and out of bounds. She was holding a hand on her hip and painfully skate-limping before calling off the jam. 34-4, ACDG.
ACDG was literally leaving a trail of blood on the track as knees were taken in the 6th jam after OC’s Loca Mafiosa took a hard hit and was sprawled on the track. She got up to enthusiastic applause and was helped to the bench and a TO was called to clean the track.
In the 9th jam, the Crushers had their best scoring pass so far. Kina Wahine had 2-3 pack favoring OC and got out with lead jammer, rewarding OC with a 7-3 jam. 12-45, ACDG.
By the 14th jam, ACDG had run up a 15-63 lead, but OC was still fighting to narrow the gap. In the 15th, Wild Bella started with a Power Jam while ACDG’s pack was depleted with a filled penalty box. Bella got out with lead jammer while OC slowed the pack. OC's Dirty Deborah Harry swatted Diesel to the infield clearing a path for Bella’s grand slam. Harry was sent to the box as Fighty came back and Bella called off the jam after her second pass with an 8-0 jam. 23-63 ACDG.
The Scarlets continued to expand their domination over the OCRG Orange Crushers in the last jam of the half, as Fighty started out with another ACDG Power Jam. Fighty finally broke through Wrecky and Taboo’s OC wall and Wrecky blasted in front of her to pull her back. ACDG slammed on the pack brakes, putting Wrecky out of play and into the box. Fighty got lead and chalked up another 8. The half ends at 26-84, ACDG. The Scarlets earned a +58 differential for the half.
The Crushers came back in the second half with renewed defense urgency. While jammers Fighty and Ice Cube were both knocked down and out of bounds at the same time, the Crushers’ Rowdy Piper helped Fighty set the game's distance record, blowing her into the third spectator row to get tangled in a mass pileup of people and chairs. Called for injury, OC got a 4-0 jam. 30-84 ACDG.
Most of the Crushers defense efforts were focused on big hits that, while momentarily spectacular, failed to hold the Scarlets jammers or defense in check. A solid Johnny Crash on Cherrylicious or Estro Jen would hamper them, but they'd bounce back up while the OC blockers still had that post "I knocked the crap out of her" glow.
By the third jam, ACDG passed the triple digit mark with OC at 37, a 16-11 gain for the half.
Loca Mafiosa and Wrecky teamed up and formed a blockade against Felony, while OC's Heather ran through the pack as lead jammer and chalked up a grand slam. Wrecky earned a trip to the box in the process, reducing the OC pack . With a denuded defense, the Crushers still profited, with Heather churning out a 12-8 jam, bringing the score to 49-108.
Within the first 4 jams of the 2nd half, the Crushers were holding their own with a 23-24 gain. Nutcase threw all hopes for a close half out the window with a 4 pass, 16 point jam, widening the Scarlets’ lead to 49-124.
It was the last really huge score jump in the half, as the Crushers tightened their defense just enough to allow the Scarlets a 50 percent scoring advantage. From jams 6-11, OCRG was only able to make a modest 11 point gain against ACDG’s 23, as ACDG led 60-147.
As the defense heated up for both teams, the next 5 jams saw both teams crawl up the points ladder, 10-9 ACDG, for a total of 69-157 in the 15th jam. After both jammers went to the box in the 16th jam, the Scarlets’ Estro Jen took lead jammer with the Crushers’ Kina Wahine close behind. While the jammers encountered little resistance on the initial pass through the pack, Estro breezed through on the scoring pass while Wahine was stuck behind the ACDG blockers in the middle of the pack. Estro called it for 4, giving the ACDG Hollywood Scarlets a 161-69 victory with a +26 differential for the half.
The top scoring jammer in the game was Cherrylicious with 39 points, with a points per jam average of 5.57 and differential of +15 followed by Felony Friendly, with 35 points, 5.83 ppj and +21; Estro Jen with 33 points, 4.71 ppj and +27; and Wild Bella with 30 points, 3 ppj, and a –1 differential.
Other jammers who scored more than 10 points were Nutcase with 26 points, 6.5 ppg and +22; and Fighty with 24 points, 2.67 ppj and a –5; Heather with 16 points, 4 ppj and –1; and Kina Wahine with 15 points, 2.14 and a –16 differential.
Citing an effort to benefit ratio incompatible with the league's needs, OC Roller Girls resigned their WFTDA membership earlier this month. Founded in 2005 with 30 member leagues, WFTDA's membership has grown rapidly and now stands at 77 leagues. OCRG is the first league to resign membership.
Additional reporting: Hurt Reynolds
Photos: Charlie Chu