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2010 WFTDA Championships Recaps

  • Texas blocker The Angie-Christ races to help as Bay Area blocker belle RIGHT hooks holds back Bloody Mary. Photo: Joe Rollerfan
  • Charm City blocker Thoroughbled blocks Minnesota blocker Venus Thightrap as I. M. Pain takes the inside line while Juke Boxx looks on. Photo: Jules Doyle
  • Madison jammer Vicious van GoGo jumps the apex around Philly blocker Persephone. Photo: Jules Doyle
  • Oly blocker Rettig to Rumble blocks Nashville jammer Rambo Sambo. Photo: Joe Rollerfan
  • Texas jammer Bloody Mary takes an unorthodox whip off of Babe Ruthless. Photo: Jules Doyle
  • Rocky Mountain jammer Deranged focuses on getting past Charm City blocker Just Carol. Photo: Jules Doyle
  • Kansas City jammer Jade Lightning tries to hop by Philly blocker Olivia Face. Photo: Phil Peterson
  • Oly jammer Scara to Death tries to squeeze between Windy City blockers Georgia on Yer Behind and Hoosier Mama. Photo: Jules Doyle
  • Gotham jammer Suzy Hotrod jumps the apex around Rocky blocker DeRanged. Photo: Jules Doyle

Sunday | Saturday | Friday

1W Rocky Mountain 147, 2W Oly 146 -- see full recap

Bout stats (courtesy N8) | Archived DNN textcast

1E Gotham 162, 2E Philly 51 -- This third-place bout – a repeat of so many past tournament matches – brought the Gotham Girls to battle against the Liberty Belles of Philadelphia at the UIC Pavillion on November 7th, 2010.  First blood was given to Philly, whose Elle Viento scored three.  After two slow-starting jams, Gotham found their lane and took two leads in a row to take the score to 9-5, Gotham up.

With twenty to go in the half, Suzy Hotrod took an accumulation of four minors, sending her to the box while Persephone spun up for nine power jam points.  That would be the last time that Philly would score for over ten minutes as Gotham took four of six lead jams and built a lead on top of their defense.  No Philly jammer could advance at any rapid pace, giving the Gotham scorers plenty of time to lap, pass, and score.  Insult added to injury, an Elle Viento minor-penalty accumulation sent her to the box at the four-minute mark. Philly’s pack followed, and Bonnie Thunders scored 19 points – almost a quad slam. 64-18, Gotham up.  Despite two scoring runs by Philly, Gotham entered halftime in the lead, 74-26.

Gotham built on that lead in the first ten minutes of the second half by brandishing their pack on Philly jammers like a blunt instrument.  While Bonnie Thunders and Suzy Hotrod charged around the flat track, their teammates Fisti Cuffs and Kandy Kakes struck at the top of the pack.  Philly grabbed two leads of seven, losing the point battle 8 to 25; 99-34 Gotham in the lead with twenty left.

Philly’s pack woke up and held back Gotham for two jams (scoring eight unanswered points), but Gotham charged ahead and hit the century mark with fifteen minutes remaining.  Elle Viento grabbed one more lead in the bout for three.

However, Gotham took control of the jammer clock from that point.  Whether it was Bonnie bursting the pack ahead of her or Suzy Hotrod jumping across legs on the outside, the Gotham Beast charged ahead.  Bonnie Thunders topped her own record with 108 points scored in the bout, and Gotham emerged after sixty minutes of hard battle victorious.  Gotham takes 3rd place here at the center of derby in Chicago, IL. Final score: 162-51. -- Garrison Killer

Bout stats (courtesy N8) | Archived DNN Textcast

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Liberty Belles make a statement!

Thanks for cranking these out so fast, Justice.

> Madison wasn't able to break into single digits until there were almost 20 minutes gone in the game at 68-11 <

double digits

A great day, despite the late blowouts

The TX-BAD bout was a nail-biter, and even the Charm City-Minnesota tilt was good for a while. Philly really knows how to relentlessly press an advantage, and Oly is just a methodical machine.

IMO Madison's fans won the day, and certainly their merchandise was the biggest seller (how did BAD score their own table?).

One quick question--did they ever find the jerk in the crowd who blew the whistle during a jam in the 1st half of Oly-Nashville? It seemed like the refs briefly consulted with ushers on the south end of the arena after the jam.

yes

yes they did.

BAD paid to have a table.

The whistle

Was actually in a song being played over the house PA. The refs figured it out quickly and got it turned off. Talk about awareness.

Oly bouts followed a formula...

...competitive for about the 1st 15-20 minutes--until Oly turns on the speed. Oly then makes halftime adjustments on defense, the opponent gets frustrated, and they extend to a comfortable lead. Opponent makes a late comeback to get a more respectable final, but the outcome is hardly in doubt.

Two other things I noticed more clearly by watching the bouts in person:

* Jammers naturally want to avoid a cutting the track penalty when blocked into the out-of-bounds area. However, jammers for Oly and RMRG seemed to consistently re-enter at the "right" spot mid-pack, whereas other teams would often just have to recycle to the back. A small advantage perhaps, but IMO an important one.

* It was interesting to see how blockers refused to "give up" on the jammer once they had been passed. Often I'd see blockers race up to help their pivot hold the opposing jammer in the pack, especially when lead jammer hadn't yet been determined. IMO that reflects a pretty high level of blocker/jammer coordination--the blocker is essentially abandoning her own jammer to the opposing blockers--but it sure pays off if it's executed correctly

Official Score for Rocky/Gotham Bout?

The recap here says the final score for the bout between Rocky Mountain and Gotham was 108-79, and the arena scoreboard showed the same, but the Scores page shows it as 113-79. What was the official score?

Someone would have to check the ITRF.

Joe Rollerfan wrote:

The recap here says the final score for the bout between Rocky Mountain and Gotham was 108-79, and the arena scoreboard showed the same, but the Scores page shows it as 113-79. What was the official score?

Couldn't tell you, I wasn't actually there. Here's my source though:
"Holly Wanna Crackya: RMRG beats GGRD 113-79"

If she got it wrong, so did I.

113-79 WAS the official score.

Poobah wrote:
Joe Rollerfan wrote:

The recap here says the final score for the bout between Rocky Mountain and Gotham was 108-79, and the arena scoreboard showed the same, but the Scores page shows it as 113-79. What was the official score?

Couldn't tell you, I wasn't actually there. Here's my source though:
"Holly Wanna Crackya: RMRG beats GGRD 113-79"

If she got it wrong, so did I.

Evie McSceevy had the ITRF checked for me:
"Rocky Mountain- 113 Gotham Girls- 79"

Gotham Stats

It's not hard to see what an impact Suzy Hotrod has. Shutting her out in the first period was the difference between winning and losing in the Gotham/Rocky game.

Gotham Stats

It's not hard to see what an impact Suzy Hotrod has. Shutting her out in the first period was the difference between winning and losing in the Gotham/Rocky game.

Rocky! Rocky! Rocky!

That was an amazing finals bout. I seriously cried a little when it was over. Oly came so close, but congratulations to the Rocky Mountain Roller Girls: 2010 WFTDA Champions. You earned it!

the last jam

I really want to see that jam ONE MORE TIME!!! GAME OF THE YEAR!!!

best.final.ever!

brilliant derby played by two phenomenal teams

Love your work Rocky - thank you Oly for constantly pushing the barr and making this an epic event.

what a game !!!!

Im in love with derby all over again!

Wow...what a bout!

Wow...what a bout!

Thanks DNN!

I was expecting all season to be in Chicago for the Championships, since I live there, but I got stuck in South Carolina with a broken ankle.
I am so glad I didn't get to miss that final bout. It was complete motivation for me to get better as soon as possible. One day, the Chicago Outfit will have the honor of beating one of those teams and I hope to be good enough to be on that roster. =)

Congrats Philly

Jeannie and I watched, prayed and sighed; you ladies should be proud!!! You ladies can hang with Anyone in the world and we love you for it!! shoves n kisses XOXO

Jim 'n Jeannie

After Party Photos

http://actionbooth.com/galleries/2010/UproarFinals/

http://www.actionbooth.com/

Action Booth is awesome! Consider hiring them for your parties.

WHAT??? IT'S AN UPROAR I TELL

WHAT??? IT'S AN UPROAR I TELL YOU!!!

Those girls jump hella high!

Those girls jump hella high! They should join the NBA and dunk over Kevin Garnett.

It's a outrage, I tell you!

Make the footage available- freedom of the press!

"Stats"

DNN attempted to keep some live jammer stats during the bout. They can all be found at http://tinyurl.com/WFTDA2010Champs. These stats are unofficial (although, I'm hoping to eventually be able to check them with the official stats).

In the mean time, here are some (unofficial) single game highs from the weekend:

Most # of jams as jammer: 22: Bonnie Thunders (GGRD) vs RMRG
Most # of Lead Jam calls earned: (3-Way Tie) 12: Bonnie Thunders (GGRD) vs TXRD, Urrk'n Jurrk'n as Booty Blockya (RMRG) vs GGRD, Atomatrix (Oly) vs PRG
Most Points: 110: I.M. Pain (CCRG) vs MNRG
Most Grand Slams: 16: I.M. Pain (CCRG) vs MNRG
Highest Point Differential (AKA +/-): +89: Bonnie Thunders (GGRD) vs PRG
Highest % of team's points: 73.58%: Ramb0 Samb0 (NRG) vs Oly

Hot Damn!

I. M. Pain was on fire!