2009 Nationals: Capsule Recaps
Madison's Jewels of Denile passes the star to Mouse - Photo by Darrell Budic
Anna Wrecks Ya balances on one foot as Harley Quinn blocks Darling Nikki - Photo: Phil Peterson
Assaultin' Pepa eyes the Houston jammer - Photo: Phil Peterson
A game a leapfrog breaks out on the track - Photo: Jules Doyle
Rocky Mountain celebrates its victory in the quarterfinals - Photo: Jules Doyle
Beth Amphetamine invents an unorthodox jammer-line stance - Photo Jules Doyle
D-Bomb holds back Suzy Hotrod - Photo: Jules Doyle
Psycho Babble and Bullet Tooth Tracy scope out the pack - Photo: Jules Doyle
'Hey, I'm skatin' here!' Angela Death - Photo: Jules Doyle
Championship bout: (1W) Oly 178, (1SC) Texas 100 -- When 2009 began, Oly hadn't played their first WFTDA-sanctioned bout. Just over ten months later, they put the finishing touch on an 11-0 record with a overwhelming victory in the WFTDA Nationals over the originators of the modern derby game.
From nearly the beginning of the game, Oly was asserting their will on Texas both physically and positionally. Texas held a very small and short-lived lead after two jams, up 3-0, but a 7-0 run for Oly's Blonde 'n' Bitchin kickstarted Oly's scoring and it was a surprisingly long while until Texas could get back on the board. Oly quickly constructed a 24-3 lead over the next few jams and the rest of the game saw Texas falling further and further into the hole.
15 minutes into the bout Oly was up 52-21, and had nearly cracked the century mark at halftime; at the break the score was 95-40 for Oly. It was a rare game where Texas looked consistently overmatched, unable to answer the Oly combination of speed and strength from jammers Heffer, Tannibal Lector, Blonde 'n' Bitchin' and Atomatrix. They also seemed to be getting forced off the inside line atypically often by Oly's offensive blocking that allowed those jammers to burst out of the pack exiting the turns.
After losing the first half by 45, Texas did seem to implement some adjustments and improve their game in the second half -- they were outscored again, but by a smaller margin of 23 points. With just under 10 minutes to play, Texas' Rice Rocket fired up the crowd when she was able to get one of Texas' only big jams with a 10-0 powerjam that left Texas behind by 50 with 7 minutes to play -- a point differential that would usually be easy for Texas to make up against 95 percent of teams in derby, but it wasn't going to happen against Oly. Soon afterwards, Oly shut the door for good with a huge 18-4 jam for Heffer while Texas jammer Olivia Shootin' John was suffering from a 4-2 pack favoring Oly.
By the time the game had reached its conclusion, Oly had put up the most points ever scored on Texas, in addition to the largest margin of victory, eclipsing Gotham's 125-65 victory over Texas in June 2008.
Oly extends their sanctioned-bout win streak to 11 games in a row and claims the Hydra Trophy in their first trip to Nationals; Texas ends the season at 11-2 and once again falls just short of the final prize (they finished 3rd in 2007 and 4th in 2008.)
Third Place Bout: (3W) Denver 151, (2W) Rocky Mountain 103 -- Denver benefitted a bit from the fact that Rocky Mountain didn't have their ace DeRanged available for their final bout, as she'd been suspended from the tournament for throwing a punch at Angie-Christ late in their semifinal loss to Texas. Denver fairly solidly increased their lead for the majority of the bout -- while it was a narrow 27-19 advantage halfway through the first 30 minutes, a lengthy string of lead jammer calls allowed Denver to drop 44 unanswered points and make it 71-19 late in the half.
Rocky Mountain finally got something going with about 6 minutes left, scoring 20 unanswered points before Denver's Angela Death closed the half's scoring with a grand slam. At the midpoint of the bout the score stood at 79-39 Denver.
RMRG's comeback continued as the second half opened with 9 unanswered points over the first three jams, and they were then able to steal a 4-3 jam win from lead jammer Angela Death as Frida Beater cruised through the pack just as Angela called. Rocky Mountain had narrowed the gap from 52 to 30 points at 82-52, but Denver's power-jam exploitation continued to serve them well through the middle of the half. They were enjoying their biggest lead of the bout with about 10 minutes to play at 126-57.
Rocky had one last gasp in them -- a 15-2 for Frida Beater, followed by a 5-0 for Whipity Pow and another 9-0 to Frida, cut 27 points off the Denver lead in a hurry to put the score at Denver 128, Rocky Mountain 77 with five minutes to play. But Denver closed the door for good when they got one last chance to agitate the crowd with their signature stopped pack, and Tracy Akers rolled for a 19-0, cheekily waving to a crowd lustily booing the strategy.
From there the outcome was academic, although there was a long injury timeout with only a minute left to play when RMRG's Catholic Cruel Girl went down hard and had to be removed by stretcher -- reports pointed to a shoulder injury but her condition wasn't immediately known post-bout.
Denver's 151-103 victory leaves them in third place for the weekend.