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!
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
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)