2010 East Region Playoffs Recaps
Carolina blocker Jojo Gadget goes in for a hit on DC Jammer Small Frye. Photo: James Calder
Charm City jammer Allie B Back is about to clear the pack with help from her blockers Radar Love and Thoroughbled. Photo: Darren Mayhem
Boston Massacre blocker Pina Collidah puts the hit on Montreal jammer Georgia W Tush. Photo: Darren Mayhem
Gotham jammer Paperschnitt races around the outside of Providence blocker F'Shizzy Borden. Photo: Darren Mayhem
Philly jammer Mo Pain looks for an outside path around Carolina blocker Ms. Anthrope the Mordant. Photo: BrendanMc
New Skid Ewan Wotarmy gets through with with help from Jess Bandit and Rae Volver. Photo: Apron
DC blocker Hooah!Girl lays a big hit on Steel City blocker Girl Rolla Warfare. Photo: James Calder
Gotham jammer Bonnie Thunders gets knocked around by Charm City biocker Joy Collision. Photo: Apron
Boston pivot Maura Buse lays a big hit on Philly jammer Teflon Donna Photo: Apron
Providence blockers Bleeding Rainbow, Rhode Kill and F'Shizzy Borden hold down the front. Photo: Apron
Just Carol and Sugar Hits battle it out on the track Photo: Apron
Hurricane Heather gets around Ms. Anthrope the MordantPhoto: Apron
Championship: 1E Gotham 133, 2E Philly 103 -- After losing the 2009 East Regional final to Philly, Gotham was clearly on a mission for a different outcome this time. While Philly was able to put up a better fight than any of Gotham's previous 2010 opponents, Gotham was sitting on a 90 point lead with about 10 minutes to play. However, the final score ended up not reflecting Gotham's dominance for the majority of the bout, as a stunning 64-4 run for Philly in the last few jams erased two-thirds of that lead.
Like last year's meeting, this was easily the highest-tempo game of the tournament weekend. Packs often raced at near jammer speeds, making it very difficult for jammers to take more than one scoring pass.
After an scoreless opener, the second jam started with a full 40 seconds between the pack and jammer whistle as neither team was willing to give up their position in the back of the pack. When Suzy Hotrod and Mo Pain were finally released, Suzy drew first blood but couldn't finish her scoring pass before the return of Mo Pain and pulled a 2-0.
Though Philly got on the board early with a 2-0 and 2-1 jam, Gotham shut them out on the next five jams and scored on each to go up 22-4. Philly caught a break at that point when a rare Gotham jammer penalty on Hyper Lynx gave Philly's Shenita Stretcher a path to a 13-0 and a new score of 22-17 Gotham. Philly's following jammer Glorida Grindem was boxed during the following jam, but Philly absolutely abused Hyper Lynx with some very sharp-angle hits to rescue the jam at 4-3 Gotham. As the clock counted down to about 10 minutes, Philly was right on their longtime rivals at 28-21.
Philly lost a bit of an opportunity when Teflon Donna took a lead jammer status over a trapped Suzy Hotrod, but Tef back-blocked in a failed apex jump and was boxed in a jam that ended up turning out 10-3 for Suzy. From that point on, Philly was unable to get anything going offensively in the half -- even with getting lead jammer in the final couple of jams, they only ended up with a 2-2 tie and a 2-0 loss. At the break, Gotham was holding a much more sizable lead than they'd had in the previous year's matchup, 65-28.
Although Philly played Gotham almost evenly for the first five jams of the second half, they once again got in trouble following a jammer penalty. This time It was Elle Viento boxed on a fourth minor, leading to a 9-0 for Bonnie Thunders followed by 5-1 Swede Hurt, 6-0 Hyper Lynx and 9-0 Suzy Hotrod. Gotham broke triple digits there at 105-37 with about 15 minutes to play.
It got as dire as 129-39 for Philly before an improbable late-game collapse from Gotham led to three late-game powerjams for Philly and made the last 10 minutes of the game look much different than the previous half-hour. Gotham jammer Swede Hurt spent a minute in the penalty box and immediately returned to it upon being released; with Gotham also dealing with a lopsided pack situation, Philly turned those 2 minutes into a 25-0 for Teflon Donna and a 15-0 for Mo Pain. That nearly doubled Philly's score at 129-83, and Bonnie Thunders had to use her lead jammer status for a 0-0 next.
After yet another huge Philly powerjam -- this one 15-0 to Shenita Stretcher as Gotham's Papierschnitt was boxed --Philly called their second-to-last timeout with 47 seconds left and the score 129-98, hoping for a miracle. Things went their way in the opening pass as Mo Pain got lead jammer status and Bonnie Thunders got her star knocked off her helmet during her opening pass. But Mo Pain let the period time expire instead of calling the jam with a few points, meaning Philly had to pick up all 31 points in the remaining time -- a little too much to hope for. That final jam went 5-4 for Mo Pain for a final score that had seemed impossible just a few minutes ago: Gotham 133, Philly 103. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
Bout Stats (courtesy N8 and Miranda Wrights) | Archived DNN Textcast
Third Place Bout: 4E Charm City 162, 3E Boston 128 -- This bout for third place would determine who would go on to Nationals in Chicago and who would stay home. The entire bout featured fast and furious jams, small packs, open lanes, and huge hits. Both teams began conservatively with Boston’s starting 7-0 run answered by Charm’s 8-0. Charm City’s co-captain Just Carol, who had an amazing bout, opened up the scoring after five minutes with a 17-point powerjam to give Charm a 25-7 lead. Then Krushpuppy dodged behind good blocking by Anna Wrecks’Ya to answer with 14 and narrow the gap to 5 points. Boston’s big blocker Shellby Shattered followed up by clearing the way for Sugar Hits to bring the Massacre within 1. Boston captain Claire D. Way then recaptured the lead with a 9-point powerjam.
Charm City fought their way back incrementally until the midway-point of the half. With skaters all over the place on the track and in the box, Lady Quebeaum blew up for a 17-point powerjam and a 50-43 recapture of the lead. Boston began to take advantage of the swift, shorthanded packs of Baltimore to even the score again at 50. Joy Collision and Holly Gohardly played great penalty-killing defense, however, and Holden Grudges retook the lead at 55-50. Allie B. Back’s great balance enabled her to achieve a one-legged lead-jam status and stretched the lead to 9.
The agile Krushpuppy slalomed through for 8 points to close the gap to 4 with a minute to play. Then, Charm pulled a sudden jammer-switch and Joy Collision flew ahead. Sugar Hits matched her stride for stride until she met up with a huge upper-body hit by Dolly Rocket which brought the stretcher out onto the floor. Thankfully, it left empty, and Sugar Hits walked off with her team to the locker room, down 78-73.
Boston was within just one point at 78-77 after the second half's first scoring jam, but never retook the lead. The score was 112-89 Charm with just under a quarter to go when Boston apparently got crossed up on their bench and failed to put a skater on the jammer line. An unopposed Just Carol took the lead up 10 points more.
As Lois Carmen Dominator and Anita Bangher held a great front line for the Massacre, Krushpuppy was able to get 9 back to bring the deficit down to 33 with 11 minutes to go. Five minutes later, Claire D. Way attempted to call off her jam after Boston got within 29, but no whistle was blown and, though she removed her star and skated off the track, a heads-up Just Carol kept going and scored 9 on a mostly-empty track.
With three minutes remaining, I.M. Pain played good jammer-on-jammer defense on Claire D. Way as both skaters ran up points against small packs and two minutes later the score was 162-120, Charm. The last minutes featured some confusion, fouling-out, official conferences, and a desperate one-second-remaining Boston time-out, but this story had been told. Despite there being many penalties, Charm had avoided giving up a single powerjam to Boston in the half and, with a 162-128 victory, was headed to Nationals. – Michael Frighten’d
5th Place: 5E Steel City 151, 7E Carolina 121 -- A bout that told two very different stories in two halves began with 4 major penalties in the first jam, foreshadowing the first-half story. Carolina captain Holly Wanna Crackya opened what would be a dominating half of scoring with 9 points on a powerjam and Eris Discordia kept it going with fleet feet, leading to a 16-4 early Carolina lead. Two jams later, Steel City’s Hurricane Heather found herself in the penalty box for the second time in as many jams and a great block by Ms. Anthrope the Mordant on Damage Dahl freed Holly Wanna Crackya for 15. Pittsburgh, reeling from this relentless onslaught, recovered somewhat a third of the way through the half as The Shocker absorbed big hits from JoJo Gadget and Elka Meano to get 11 back while Athena controlled Celia Fate.
The momentum shift was short-lived as The Shocker went to the box at the end of the jam setting Holly Wanna Crackya up for a 14-point powerjam. With the Carolina lead at 30, Bonecrusher and Athena kept Celia Fate under control during yet another powerjam, drawing their own jammer penalty with a signature “Steel Curtain” four-skater wall. ‘Snot Rocket Science capitalized for Steel City with 19 points despite JoJo Gadget’s heroic solo-work on defense. This closed the gap to 49-43 Carolina.
Some confusion then caused Hurricane Heather to not get to the jammer line in time, and Holly Wanna Crackya began with another powerjam. She eventually finished with 13 despite being on the low end of a high-low block with DVS on a collapsing Athena. The half closed with another 19 from Holly Wanna Crackya, who totaled 79 for the first 15 minutes, as JoJo Gadget flattened both The Crippler and Ally McKill. After 10 powerjams in the half, Carolina had a surprising 101-55 lead.
Carolina's lead peaked at 111-63 two minutes into the second half. A strange decision there may have caused momentum to shift. Pink Slip, jamming for Carolina, captured lead jammer but was outskated by ‘Snot Rocket Science. Looking to the bench for the expected call-off, she was seemingly told to keep going and Steel City came away with a 9-1 jam. Then Hurricane Heather, looking to have some clean runs around the track, found herself with her own powerjam. Ms. Anthrope the Mordant showed some textbook cross-track blockwork but Heather came away with another 16, narrowing the gap to 112-88.
Three jams later, Ally McKill drew a back block from Eris Discordia while JoJo Gadget was trapped in a Steel City goat pen, and though Ms. Anthrope the Mordant kept Hurricane Heather from capitalizing for more than 5 points, the lead was now down to 15. Then, at the 12-minute mark, Friction VixXxen and Damage Dahl formed a front line that dominated the pack for Steel City and The Shocker struck for 17 points to take the lead at 123-116, but ended the jam in the box.
Carolina looked to get the lead back on the powerjam but ‘Snot Rocket Science, in at blocker, held Holly Wanna Crackya to 5 points preserving the lead. Bonecrusher caused a major cut by Holly Wanna Crackya and Hurricane Heather scored 10 before going to the box herself, but Bonecrusher came up big again and led a defense that kept Carolina off the board. Hurricane Heather returned to play in the next jam and met with good defense by Jesse King until the Carolina blocker was floored by Dresta Kill to give the Steel City jammer enough time to stretch the lead to 143-121.
The final four minutes featured some rough play. As Dresta Kill fouled out, Holly Wanna Crackya desperately dove past Bonecrusher’s and Athena’s back wall and wound up spearing Friction VixXxen as she returned to play. Then, upon returning from the box, the Carolina captain, leaving everything out on the floor, blasted out of the box a bit ahead of ‘Snot Rocket Science for an illegal procedure, and fouled out of the game. ‘Snot Rocket Science decided not to skate out the final 90 seconds seeing as there would be no opposing jammer, much to the displeasure of the crowd. Still, Steel City had completed an amazing 88-10 run led by their blockers, and took home the victory and fifth place at 151-121. – Michael Frighten’d
7th Place Bout: 6E Montreal 271, 8E Providence 38 -- After playing the most exciting game of the tourney thus far in a two-point, last-jam nailbiter against Carolina to close Saturday's action, Montreal seemed to have no interest in creating any more drama. For the second time in the weekend, Montreal defeated an opponent by well over 200 points, but they finished one slot below where they came in.
They blanked Providence for the overwhelming majority of the first half, as a Providence jammer rotation missing the services of Craisy Dukes was having a lot of trouble with hard-hitting Montreal defense. After four jams, Montreal was up 13-2 in this one, at which point Providence jammer Jetta Von Diesel managed to pick up three box trips in the course of two jams, leading to a 14-3 and a 8-0 for Montreal -- and it was off to the races for Montreal.
In the half's 8th jam, Montreal blocker Lil' Mama was all over Providence jammer The Phury, knocking her to the ground 4 times before Phury finally majored out with a track cut and ended the jam in the box. The sequence went 8-0 to Ewan Wotarmy and then 4-0 to Georgia W. Tush, and the points just kept coming for Montreal. Providence was shut out for 11 jams in a row, during which time Montreal went on a 78-0 run to make the score 109-5 with about five minutes left in the half. At the break, Montreal was up 123-10.
Although there was slightly more offense for Providence in the second half, Montreal didn't slow down in the least. The second saw a 24-0 Iron Wench jam, a 25-0 Georgia W. Tush jam, and Montreal breaking 200 points with about 15 minutes left in the game. Montreal closed the game on a 57-0 run to win by 233.
Montreal went 2-2 to finish in 7th place; Providence goes 1-3 and ends up in 8th. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall
9th Place Bout: 10E DC 206, 9E Dutchland 118 -- When DC and Dutchland had faced off six months ago in Lancaster, Dutchland delivered a 92 point rout at 156-64. DC repaid the favor at tourney time, though, consigning Dutchland to a winless weekend with an 88-point defeat.
This one started out as a pretty low-scoring contest with Dutchland narrowly in the lead 9-5 after the first six jams, but a 12-0 powerjam win for DC's Small Frye gave DC the advantage at 17-8 about 8 minutes into the bout. Though it'd take most of the rest of the bout for DC to make their lead insurmountable, they never trailed again.
Dutchland seemed to generally be doing a better job of staying out of the penalty box than they had in their first two bouts and they were pulling the majority of the lead jammer calls in the half, but they were also hampered by questionable timing on calling the jam off. With about 13 minutes left in the half, Dutchland's Nash Villain had lead jammer but lost a 8-3 jam to Marion Barrycuda; that made the score 46-27.
On the following jam, though, Dutchland got their first big score of the bout when White Thrash rolled for 16-3 while Dutchland's defense worked over a tiring Roller Rage Rosie. That narrowed the DC advantage to just 49-43, but DC got it all back one jam later as Dutchland's Skid Ho was boxed as jammer and Sookie Slaughterhouse went 13-0.
With DC up 66-43 one jam later, Dutchland's odd choices with lead jammer status continued to keep them from fully exploiting their opportunities. DDR's Sukkubus Strixe had lead jammer and a 4-0 but let the jam keep running long enough for DC to get a full pass, forcing Strixe to go around again to get a 7-4 -- and on the following jam, Twisted Scizzors called at 1-0 although she apparently had an advantage on Free Radical. At the half, DC remained in front 83-69.
Over the first 10 minutes of the next half, DC took lead jammer status on 4 out of 6 jams and doubled their lead, pushing it to 117-82 at a Dutchland timeout with 20:44 left in the game. Even when Dutchland was able to start getting some more lead jam calls, the margins didn't work out in their favor. At about the 15 minute mark, Dutchland's Subbukus Strixe had lead jammer but picked up a fourth minor in her first scoring pass, leading to a 15-3 win for DC and a score of 142-85 with a quarter of gameplay left. Two jams later, Sookie Slaughterhouse put it away for good with a 24-4 powerjam.
DC finished the weekend 1-2, improving on their original seeding by one; Dutchland was the weekend's sole winless team and finished in last place. -- Justice Feelgood Marshall