Weekend in Review, 7/19/2010
WFTDA apprentice league Santa Cruz scored a solid victory over venerable Tucson, jumping out to a 43-2 lead on the way to a 108-74 final. Photo: Nocklebeast.
Santa Cruz featured a junior derby expo at the halftime of Santa Cruz vs. Tucson; the Bumper Scars defeated the Sugar Skulls 50-38. Photo: Nocklebeast.
PRG Independence Dolls 142, SCDG B-Unit 28 -- The heretofore undefeated B-Unit went into the first bout of the night against the red-liveried Independence Dolls with plenty of experience in one-sided matches. Unfortunately on this night, they'd have to taste how it felt on the other side. The Dolls asserted themselves early and never relinquished momentum until the end. The B-Unit jammers could not escape the initial crimson walls and the score was quickly 22-0. Fannie Mayhem broke the shutout with 6 points -- unfortunately, that would be 75% of the team's scoring for the half. With Copper Top knocking B-Unit all over the place, Rollanya Asse personifying a nightmare for the usually top-scoring McShovin, and the very speedy Annie Christ and Alessa Evil shooting through the pack, a 35-6 Independence Dolls lead midway through the half seemed insurmountable.
A large crowd of extremely vocal Philly fans brought a competitive intensity that hasn't been seen at Romp 'n' Roll this season. They had plenty to cheer for, as Rollanya Asse laid multiple big hits on McShovin and Wendy Whiplash closed out the half scoring 24 points on a 3-woman advantage to bring the score to 86-8.
The second half continued with total pack control by the Independence Dolls. Each jam featured a relentless series of bumps causing the B-Unit jammers to always be catching up, and never getting much momentum. It always seemed like a bird-dogging blocker was just ahead waiting for them to make a move. Copper Top and Feisty Psyche laid good hits left and right. With B-Unit co-captain Velvet Assassin trapped in the back, StingRay built up a head of steam for a double grand slam. Then with three of B-Unit in the box, Annie Christ sacrificed her body to trip up the remaining 2-woman wall of Mission Impassible and Busty Brawler from behind to free LaiYa Out Ali for a double grand slam of her own. With 10 minutes to go, the score was 121-8.
In the last quarter of the bout, the B-Unit was finally able to make some adjustments. With lots of penalties on both sides, McShovin, Fannie Mayhem, and Death Cake for Cutie capitalized on powerjams to score 4, 5, and 4, respectively. The final jam of the bout featured an inspired McShovin speeding through the pack as her nemesis Rollanya Asse was taken out on a big hit by Tower O Terror. McShovin's 7 completed a 20-6 run by B-Unit as time expired. - Michael Frighten'd
Santa Cruz 108, Tucson 74 – WFTDA Apprentice league Santa Cruz Derby Girls have finally notched a win over the Tucson Roller Derby. After losing to Tucson’s Copper Queens and Iron Curtain in 2009 and getting dismantled by the Saddletramps 156 – 76 in March at the Dust Bowl Tourney the Santa Cruz Boardwalk Bombshells scored a convincing win over the Tucson all-stars at the Civic Auditorium (“SCDG Stadium”) in Santa Cruz, California.
Tucson led off the scoring, going up 2 – 0 on the first jam by Bianka Trohl (who led all Tucson jammers with 42 points), but then were blanked for the next 11 jams as Santa Cruz went up 43 – 2 over the remainder of the first quarter of play.
The 8th jam was the decider. With the Saddletramp jammer in the penalty box Sheila, Princess of Power – although not lead jammer - piled up 18 points behind the inspired pivot work of Foxee Firestorm and a glacial pack that barely managed two laps in two minutes. Foxee literally capped this jam by switching panties with Sheila just before the 2 minute whistle.
Tucson was down 63-15 going into the last jam of the half, but Bianka Trohl took advantage of jammer Lulu Lockjaw being in the box and reeled off a 17 point jam as the half ended, bringing the score up to a more presentable 63 – 32.
The second half featured a strategy of defense and time management by the Santa Cruz squad, and Lulu put the game out of reach 92 - 45 in the 13th jam with a 14 point showcase of her moves, acceleration and new found leaping ability. Though Tucson outscored Santa Cruz 29-16 over the final jams of the night, the damage was long since done; SCDG skated away with a 108 – 74 win.
Tucson's Bianka Trohl led all scorers with a whopping 50 points, while the SCDG trio of Sheila, Princess of Power, Candy Hooligan and Lulu Lockjaw contributed 46, 30 and 26 points respectively.
Halftime featured a mini-bout by the Santa Cruz Derby Groms, the kids and young adult skating program that is now in its second year. Before this bout the Bumper Scars and the Sugar Skulls were tied at 1 - 1 in halftime bout play. On this day the Bumper Scars emerged victorious 50 – 32 in a win that included an inspiring return for Bumper Scar blocker G-Thang, back on the track (and in the penalty box) after a horrific broken ankle injury only two months ago in her derby debut. -- Angus McMahan
Bout photo gallery from Nocklebeast.
TXRG Hustlers 297, HRD Brawlers 30 -- The Hustlers from the Texas Rollergirls showed why they are competing in their league championship bout later this month as they allowed just 1 first-half point while confounding the Brawlers from Houston 297-30.
The team from Austin opened up with a steady attack that gained the Hustlers a 29-0 lead after five jams. Molotov M Pale scored the first big jam of the night for the Hustlers with a 14-0 jam in the sixth jam. Tammityville Horror put the first point on the board for the Brawlers, but Molotov M Pale put up eight points in the 8th jam giving the team from Austin a 55-1 lead.
The Hustlers did not allow another point the rest of the half, while Babe Ruthless scored a 10 point jam, Molotov M Pale added a 15 point jam, and Babe Ruthless finished off the first half with a 19 point jam giving the team in purple a 145-1 lead.
Babe Ruthless started off the second half with a strong scoring jam, but Black Sunshine came out of the penalty box to the cheers of the home crowd and picked up eight points for the Brawlers, while the Hustlers had picked up 13 points to expand the lead to 158-9.
In the third jam Speed O' broke out with lead jammer status for the Brawlers and put up a 9-4 score for the home team. Acute Angel of the Hustlers made sure there would not be a trend as she scored a 25-0 jam to move the lead out to 192-18 in favor of the visiting team. Speed O' gained a 3-1 jam for the Brawlers and Black Sunshine picked up a 2-0 jammer for the home team in a bit of a mini-streak for the team in blue, but that was the last positive jam for the home team on their way to a 267 point loss.
Molotov M Pale led the Hustlers with 91 points, paced by Acute Angel with 88 points; the top scorers for the Brawlers were Speed O' with 12 and Black Sunshine with 10.
The next action for Houston Roller Derby will be August 21st in Houston when the Psych Ward Sirens (1-2) take on the Brawlers (2-1), and the Bayou City Bosses skate against Spindletop Roller Derby from Beaumont, Texas. The Hustlers will be in action on July 25th in Austin as they take on the Hotrod Honeys in the Texas Rollergirls championship bout. -- Phil Arnold
Reprinted with permission from Roller Derby Is Sport; original article here.